Gambia launches truth commission to reconnect with its present

Ex-Gambian President Yahya Jammeh and First Lady Zineb Jammeh arrive for a dinner in Washington. Photo : AP

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (ADV) – Gambia has launched an 11-member truth, reconciliation and reparations commission to investigate alleged accusations against former government.

The Gambian-born prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, Fatou Bensouda, said the commission will help the country write a new chapter and that in order to move forward “it must reckon with its past.”

It is not an exercise in settling political scores, she said.

The commission will be empowered to advise prosecution of perpetrators and recommend financial compensation to victims.

Jammeh who lives in Equatorial Guinea today is rebuilding himself after the loss of his mother last summer.

Equatorial Guinea’s policy is to never extradite anyone. Rather, the country’s independent judicial system reserves for itself the right to judge anyone under its soil if proven enough charges against him.

© Bur-csa – N.A – A.H / From our regional correspondent Tamba Jean-Matthew III – African Daily Voice (ADV)