President Adama Barrow of the Gambia has Thursday renewed the commitment of his government to restore full democracy, human rights and the pursuit of justice for all.
Speaking at the swearing-in ceremony of Baba Galleh Jallow as executive secretary of the Truth, Reconciliation and Reparation Commission (TTRC), which is mandated to look into the human rights abuses committed under the former regime of Yahya Jammeh, Mr Barrow said his government will always stand firm for truth and justice.
“In our journey towards the consolidation of democracy, good governance, human rights and national development, we have moved yet to another strategic level in our judicial reform programme,” he stated.
“The swearing of the executive secretary is an important pillar in building a strong institutional foundation in the dispensation of justice.”
The president added that as part of his desire to provide closure to victims of the previous regime, he believes that it is very important to establish the truth in order to take the right and informed decision to compensate the victims and also to reconcile as a nation.
He however warned that those who committed human rights abuses will be brought to justice.
Mr Barrow noted that Baba Galleh Jallow’s appointment was not based on partisan consideration but rather carefully vetted and guided by competence, integrity and qualification.
And whilst reminding Mr Jallow of the enormous task ahead, the president encouraged him encourage to deliver efficiently and effectively with a high sense of discipline and honesty.
He added: “Essentially, we trust you to bring out the best recommendations in line with your terms of reference without prejudice against anybody.
” I want to assure you of my government’s maximum support in providing the right environment of transparency and independence for you to effectively perform your assignment without any interference. Clearly, the provision of credible information and pointers by the public is essential for the success of this Commission. I therefore, call upon the public to give this Commission the necessary support and collaboration to enable it to effectively perform this difficult task.”