(JollofNews) – Gambia’s minister of the Interior, Mai Ahmad Fatty, has buttressed the importance of the security reform initiated by Gambia government to overhaul a sector that had been turned by the former regime into an instrument of oppression.

“The security reform is an important part of our new democracy that is about building and keeping peace,” he said in a statement he delivered during the launching of the security sector reform project at State House, Fajara,

The reform comes at a time when the tiny West African nation is enjoying a new democratic dispensation that poses a good number of challenges. The United Nations, ECOWAS, European Union and the African Union have okayed the move taken by Gambian authorities and pledged to support it.

Mai Ahmad Fatty said the new government’s commitment in collaboration with the UNDP indicates that the effort to reform the security sector would proof to be effective in restoring peace and promoting development. But was quick to add: “We are fully aware that this
reform will face multi-problems and challenges.”

The Interior Minsiter took the opportunity to remind the gathering of the role played by the country’s security forces in entrenching Jammeh’s dictatorship under which a lot of people went missing or killed.

“The key security institutions are especially singled out as principal perpetrators of the worst of this state oppression under the single and direct authority of the Yahya Jammeh’s Presidency,” he said.

He then added that some of these institutions continue to “lack the trust and respect of the citizenry.”

“This mistrust run deep and hence the call in many quarters for a total overhaul of the primary security institutions especially and the whole of the security sector in general,” Fatty reiterated.