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Momodou



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Posted - 06 Jul 2018 :  12:38:50  Show Profile Send Momodou a Private Message  Reply with Quote
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OP/291/249/01/PART IV (72- ABS)
MEDIA ADVISORY

PRESIDENT BARROW SWEARS-IN FARABA COMMISSION OF INQUIRY

STATEHOUSE, BANJUL, 5th JULY 2018 – His Excellency, Adama Barrow, President of the Republic of The Gambia on Thursday, 5 July, 2018, presided over the swearing-in of the Chairman and members of the Presidential Commission of Inquiry into the Faraba Bantang incident at a ceremony held at the State House in Banjul.
The Commissioners have been appointed to look into the circumstances leading to the standoff between the community of Faraba Bantang and the Police Intervention Unit, as well as identify those responsible for the deaths, including those who may have ordered the firings and those who fired the shots. Additionally, they are expected to recommend measures to prevent a recurrence of the incident in Faraba Bantang and other parts of the country.
After the commissioners took the prescribed oaths of office and secrecy, President Barrow congratulated and expressed optimism that they are equal to the task while maintaining that he has a high level of confidence in their competence, integrity and experience.
“I am confident that, guided by your level of competence, integrity and experience, you will get to the bottom of the event and submit an impartial report for peace and justice to prevail. It is important also for us to make sure that appropriate action is taken so that such incidents do not recur in the country,” he indicated.
He added that the Faraba incident was a test to our collective resolve to consolidate democracy, good governance, and human rights. But was quick to note that the government is committed to establishing the truth for the peaceful progress of the country and the reconciliation of the community of Faraba.
The ceremony would allow the government to follow the right process in order to establish the truth and, thereafter, take the right decision and a well-informed course of action, he explained.
“I believe very strongly that it is only the truth that can free the people of Faraba from their troubles and allow them to reconcile their differences as a community. On the other hand, it is vital that those who committed human rights abuses and other crimes are brought to justice,” he maintained, noting that the commission has a challenging task to perform.
President Barrow concluded by urging all to support the Commission to enable it to undertake the task successfully.
Minister Tambadou assured that the exercise “will not be a mere whitewash” while extolling the choice of the membership, particularly the chairperson, who he said has an unblemished record of dedication and commitment to respect for human rights in this country. He said the caliber of professional in the commission is a demonstration of the government’s commitment to ensuring justice and accountability.
Minister Tambadou described the President’s swift move to set-up an independent inquiry as a demonstration of distinguished leadership.
Chairman Emmanuel Joof spoke on behalf of the Commissioners and expressed gratitude to the President for the confidence and trust in appointing them. He promised that they would carry the assignment diligently and independently while promising that the President has sworn in a group of “very vibrant seasoned and experienced people” who are well versed in investigations and human right

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Amie Bojang-Sissoho
Director of Press & Public Relations
Office of the President, State House, Banjul
Email:absissoho@op.gov.gm
dpprop2017@gmail.com
Tel: +220 9957592
Twitter: @BarrowPresident
Twitter:@AmieBSissoho
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Website: statehouse.gov.gm

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toubab1020



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Posted - 06 Jul 2018 :  19:22:32  Show Profile Send toubab1020 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
On this occasion I am absolutely certain that this commision will do their best to ensure that such sad circumstances will never occour in NEW GAMBIA ever again.

"Minister Tambadou assured that the exercise “will not be a mere whitewash” while extolling the choice of the membership, particularly the chairperson, who he said has an unblemished record of dedication and commitment to respect for human rights in this country."
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toubab1020



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Posted - 06 Jul 2018 :  22:16:50  Show Profile Send toubab1020 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
July 6, 2018

The Speaker of the House of Commons of the United Kingdom has expressed admiration in the efforts of The Gambia’s National Assembly in improving democracy and holding government to account.
Rt Hon. John Bercow, who is also the Co-President of Commonwealth Parliamentary Association UK, hopes the National Assembly’s “energy and fervor” continues into the future as the country endeavors to install democracy.

Below is his short video address to the Gambian NAMs:
“Salam Alaikum
As Co-President of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association UK, and as we celebrate National democracy Week here in the UK, I would like to extend my warmest regards to the people of The Gambia and their representatives in the National Assembly. It was my pleasure to meet with a delegation led by Madam Speaker here in London earlier this year, and to hear of their determination to improve the democratic institutions of The Gambia for the benefit of all of the country’s citizens.

For all of its difficulties, its challenges and its frustrations, democracy is a project, and a mission, of which the rewards are immeasurable, and they have proven to be so time and time and time again, all over the world. The National Assembly’s commitment to inclusion and accountability, to holding the government to account, and legislating for the benefit of their constituents has been admirable, and I hope that this new and open democratic dispensation extends with energy and with fervor into The Gambia’s prosperous future.
We are delighted that the National Assembly of The Gambia has rejoined the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association. We offer our continuing support to our parliamentary colleagues both in The Gambia, and across the Commonwealth in their democratic endeavors. Wasalam.”

http://standard.gm/site/2018/07/06/uk-speaker-expresses-admiration-for-gambian-na/


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toubab1020



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Posted - 21 Jul 2018 :  13:31:09  Show Profile Send toubab1020 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
As in many countries hospital stays and treatment in hospitals is expensive,I am impressed by the Barrow government's gift of money to pay his hospital costs.
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By Nelson Manneh

"Pa Jammeh speaking to this reporter said the Authorities visited him in the hospital and gave him Twenty Thousand Dalasis (D20,000) to take care of his medical bills.
Photo: Pa Sulayman Jammeh.jpg

“This money is what have been using up to date to take care of myself and is almost finished now,” he said.

He said he is getting better now as he is not feeling any pain except on the palm of his hand and his thigh, where he was shot."


Pa Sulayman Jammeh one of the seven victims of the Faraba incident, yesterday the 18th of July 2018 spoke to Foroyaa in his residence in

He was finally discharged on Monday the 16th July 2018 while Abubacarr Darboe, another injured victim, was sent for overseas treatment in Dakar, Senegal.

Pa Jammeh speaking to this reporter said the Authorities visited him in the hospital and gave him Twenty Thousand Dalasis (D20,000) to take care of his medical bills.
Photo: Pa Sulayman Jammeh.jpg

“This money is what have been using up to date to take care of myself and is almost finished now,” he said.

He said he is getting better now as he is not feeling any pain except on the palm of his hand and his thigh, where he was shot.

“One bone on my palm got broken as the bullet passed through my palm to the other side of my hand, the bone was removed and it pains me a bit. As for my thigh although the bone (femur) did not break, the bullet has passed through it to the other side. It is now better but it still pains me. Now I can walk for myself for a short distance,” he said.

This victim said as a farmer who lives from hand to mouth is concerned about who will farm for him this year. He said he has a small cashew farm and the proceeds from it is what he uses to buy rice and then struggle for fish money.

“Now that I cannot do any form of work, how am I expected to survive with my family? I’m not even sure either that the rice can take us for the whole of the rainy season, not to talk of fish money,” he asserted.

He said as at now he is advised not to walk for a long distance therefore he will not be able to even go to the farm to see what the children are doing.

Some family members and loved ones were seen crying as he narrated his ordeal during the visit.

Pa Jammeh often shook his head sighed as he narrated his condition. His courageous wife who sat beside him gave him courage and confidence as she kept saying that ‘this is not the end of the world’

http://foroyaa.gm/faraba-discharged-victim-speaks-to-foroyaa/

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toubab1020



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Posted - 16 Nov 2018 :  14:30:54  Show Profile Send toubab1020 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Friday, November 16, 2018

The attorney general and minister of Justice has announced that the Cabinet reached a unanimous decision to take action on the recommendations of the Faraba Banta Commission report after “a very engaging discussion”.

The Justice minister made this announcements while speaking to State House media corps after an emergency Cabinet session convened by His Excellency President Adama Barrow yesterday, November 15th 2018. The session exclusively considered the Faraba Banta report that was submitted to the President in September.

Justice Minister Ba Tambadou said the report and the ‘white paper’ will be published within a maximum of two weeks. “The government has every intention of sharing the report together with the white paper that is currently being finalised following Cabinet discussions,” he said, maintaining that discussions at Cabinet have has gone very well, and very engaging.

He added: “Cabinet has taken a unanimous position on the recommendations of the report made. Those will be reflected in the white paper that is to be published together with the report.”

The Faraba Banta incident of the 18th of June 2018 sparked an outcry and His Excellency, President Adama Barrow acted swiftly to establish a Commission of Inquiry to probe the circumstances surrounding the incident. This inquiry was led by renowned human rights lawyer, Mr. Emmanuel Daniel Joof.

The Commission submitted a report in one volume to the president on 17 September 2018. However, the Constitution provides that the president may publish a report together with a statement of actions or measures taken by government within six months.

“It has just been two months since the submission of the report to the president, and the government has already concluded its discussions on this report…The report is to be published within a maximum of two weeks,” Tambadou said.

He added that such a consultations process by President Adama Barrow shows a lot about the commitment of the government to the adherence of good governance, respect for the rule of law and democratic practice.

“The fact that we have to establish very quickly after the Faraba Banta incident, an independent and impartial commission of inquiry that was chaired by a very well-known human rights lawyer, shows the commitment and resolve of this government to change things in this country,” he posited.

He also pointed out that if there are any doubters about the resolve of the government to see through the recommendations and reports of other commissions currently ongoing, he will reassure them that “the government has every intention and commitment to act on recommendations that would be issued by each of them. The position of the Faraba Banta Commission will strongly support this point.
Source: Picture: Justice minister Abubacarr Tambadou

http://thepoint.gm/africa/gambia/article/govt-to-act-on-faraba-commission-report-within-2-weeks

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Momodou



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Posted - 29 Nov 2018 :  14:21:24  Show Profile Send Momodou a Private Message  Reply with Quote
NEA, Geology directors suspended over Faraba incident

The Point: Thursday, November 29, 2018


http://thepoint.gm/africa/gambia/article/nea-geology-directors-suspended-over-faraba-incident

The executive director of National Environment Agency (NEA) Momodou Suwareh and the director of Geology Department Abdoulie M. Cham have both been suspended for six months without salaries as government accepts the Faraba Banta report.


The secretary general and head of civil service revealed this at a press conference held at the Justice Ministry in Banjul.

The Faraba report indicated that there was no proper Environmental Impact Assessment conducted in the area to be mined as required by the law before the granting of the mining license to Julakay Ltd. nor were there sufficient safeguards to ensure restoration of the mining area by Julakay Ltd. after completion of mining activities as required by the law.

It is said that both the NEA and Geology Department disregarded the concerns of the Village Development Committee (VDC) and the residents regarding the potential adverse effects that commercial and mechanical sand mining might have on the environment and livelihood, especially rice cultivation and gardens in the affected areas.

The report further highlighted that NEA and the GD did not clearly demarcate the mining area under the license granted to Julakay Ltd. or communicate this demarcated area to the VDC or the villagers.

On the 18th of June 2018, there was a tense standoff between the Police Intervention Unit (PIU) and some residents of Faraba Banta village in the West Coast Region of The Gambia regarding sand mining activities in the village by Julakay Quarry and Mining Ltd., a private company.

The standoff led to an eruption of violence between the said residents and PIU resulting in the death of three civilians and injury of some PIU personnel and also the destruction of properties at the village.

In accordance with Section 200 of the Constitution of the Republic of The Gambia, 1997 and the Commission of Inquiry Act Cap 30:01 Vol. 5 of the laws of The Gambia, President Adama Barrow was mandated to establish a Commission of Inquiry on 1st of July 2018 to bring perpetrators to justice.

A clear concience fears no accusation - proverb from Sierra Leone
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Momodou



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Posted - 30 Nov 2018 :  14:06:59  Show Profile Send Momodou a Private Message  Reply with Quote
‘FARABA KILLER POLICE ACTED ON THEIR OWN’

The Standard: November 29, 2018


By Omar Bah

http://standard.gm/site/2018/11/29/faraba-killer-police-acted-on-their-own/


The Commission of Inquiry set up to investigate the June 18 deadly riots in Faraba has revealed that while there was no proper coordination of the police during the riot, “no orders were given by the police high command to shoot at the crowd”.

According to the report which was released with a government white paper yesterday, the PIU personnel who fired on the villagers did so without lawful command and therefore acted alone. However, the report highlighted that the PIU personnel who opened fire on the crowd at close range acted out of fear for their lives when they were outnumbered and overpowered by the angry villagers.
“Due to the inability of the villagers to identify with sufficient specificity the PIU personnel who actually shot at them mainly because of the helmets and other riot gears they were wearing, the commission could not establish with sufficient particularity the identities of the PIU personnel who actually shot and killed the villagers,” the report said,
However according to the report, ASP Musa Fatty, PC Musa Badjie, PC Nuha Colley, and 1st Class Momodou Z Jallow were found after the incident to have lost ammunitions.

“The evidence also places Superintendent Babucarr Cham at the scene throughout the disturbances and the commission has found that he could be liable as a superior,” the report said.
The report also maintained that the PIU personnel on the ground in Faraba Banta were responsible for shooting of the villagers and are consequently responsible for the deaths and gunshot wounds inflicted.
“The injuries suffered by the PIU personnel can be attributed to stoning by the villagers and the injuries sustained by the villagers can be attributed to the PIU personnel who shot at and also threw stones back at the villagers,” the report added.

According to the report, the destruction of properties through arson and vandalism were premeditated and calculated acts orchestrated mainly by the youths of Faraba Banta.
Presenting the report to journalists at the Justice Ministry, Minister Abubacarr Tambadou said the government accepted the findings “in so far as they relate to the causes of deaths, injuries and destruction of properties”.
He said accordingly, the government accepts the recommendations of the Commission, which include: appropriate criminal prosecutions be continued against ASP Musa Fatty, PC Musa Badjie, PC Nuha Colley, 1st Class Momodou Z Jallow and Superintendent Babucarr Cham for the deaths of Bakary Kujabi, Ismaila Bah and Amadou Jawo who died from gunshot wounds as established by the coroner; criminal prosecutions be initiated against all the perpetrators identified in the report for the willful destruction of properties and other related crimes in the village; police to conduct further criminal investigations into the killings, injuries and destruction of properties for the purpose of prosecuting the alleged perpetrators of the crimes within the shortest possible time; the families of those who died or sustained serious injuries and those who lost properties as a result of the vandalism and arson to be compensated by the state.

The government has also removed the alkalo of Faraba Banta village, Nuha Kujabi, dissolved the village council of elders. The government also recommended to the Brikama Area Council to dissolve the current Faraba Banta VDC and facilitate the establishment of a new VDC with immediate effect.
The government has also handed a six-month suspension to the NEA executive director, and the Geology department director general for their failure to follow established guidelines in the issuance of the mining licences to Julakay Company.
The government also ordered that the licence of Julakay Ltd which expired in July 2018 should not be renewed and the company denied any licence for the conduct of any mining in Faraba Banta until further notice.

According to the government white paper, all sand mining activities in the village will be suspended until proper environmental impact assessment is carried out by an independent consultant.
Meanwhile, a Faraba Banta Compensation Committee has been established comprising the permanent secretaries of the ministries of the Interior, Local Government and the Environment under the joint chairmanship of the solicitor general and permanent secretary ministries of Justice and Finance to handle all compensation claims as recommended by the commission.

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Momodou



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Posted - 30 Nov 2018 :  15:02:39  Show Profile Send Momodou a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Mistrust among people of Faraba caused loss of 3 lives, injuries

The Point: Friday, November 30, 2018


http://thepoint.gm/africa/gambia/article/mistrust-among-people-of-faraba-caused-loss-of-3-lives-injuries

The root cause of the Faraba incident on June 18 2018 emanated as a result of mistrust within the people of Faraba Banta, according the Faraba Banta Commission Inquiry report, which was released earlier in the week.


The report indicates a great mistrust existed within a cross section of people within the village, coupled with negligence shown by some agents of the National Environment Agency as well as the impression created by National Assembly Select Committee on Environment that was misconceived by the residents played a key role that led to the standoff. The mistrust compounded when Julakay Limited was granted license.

Here are the findings by the Commissionon circumstances that led to the standoff at Faraba Banta.

There exists resentment among the Village Development Committee (VDC), the youths, and many villagers of Faraba Banta that a license was issued to Julakay Ltd without consultations;

There was a great mistrust and poor relationship between some villagers and the VDC on one hand, the Alkalo, Mr Noha Kujabi, the Chief Fansu Jung Conteh, and the Council of Elders on the other hand. This prior poor relationship became worse after Julakay Ltd was granted a license to mine sand in the village by the Geological Department (GD) on 10 July 2017 without prior consultations with all key stakeholders in the village;

The poor relationship between the villagers/VDC and the Alkalo was further exacerbated by the fact that the Alkalo does not ordinarily reside in Faraba Banta and is not readily available or accessible when he is needed to perform official duties in the village; the council of elders felt the VCD were disrespectful and a law unto themselves;

There was a perception among some villagers and the VCD that the Alkalo, the chief and the Council of Elders supported the granting of a mining license to Julakay Ltd. because of personal favours extended to them by the latter. This perception was reinforced by the fact that the Alkalo signed an MOU with Julakay Ltd. on behalf of the village without consulting the villagers including the VDC;

There was no proper environmental impact assessment conducted in the area to be mined as required by law before the granting of the mining license to Julakay Ltd. nor were the sufficient safeguard to ensure restoration of the mining activities as required by law;

The National Environment Agency (NEA) and the GD did not clearly demarcate the mining area under the license granted to Julakay Ltd. or communicate this demarcation to the VDC or the villagers;

Both the NEA and the GD disregarded the concerns of the VDC and the villagers regarding potential adverse effects of commercial mechanical and mining might have on the environment and the livelihood especially rice cultivation and gardens in the affected area;

There were no attempts by either NEA or the GD to allay the fears of the VCD and the villagers about these environmental concerns;

The site granted to Julakay Ltd. had the potential of adversely affecting the rice fields and gardens of the women farmers of the village and that these ‘faras’ were worsened especially after the area originally allocated to Julakay Ltd. was increased by the GD from 3.4 hectares to 8.1 hectares;

There is no evidence that the companies that mined sand in the affected areas had made any attempts to restore and/or level the landscape to near its original state;

There is no evidence that either NEA or the GD followed up to ensure that restoration of the mining sites was carried out by previous companies that mined sand at Faraba Banta;

The VDC was also involved in unauthorized commercial sand mining activities in the area and that this vested interest on the part of the VDC could have been likely reason for their objection to sand mining by Julakay Ltd. notwithstanding that they also had legitimate concerns about the adverse effects of sand mining on the environment by the latter;

The intervention by the National Assembly Select Committee on the Environment (NASCE) to the extent that they conveyed an impression to the disputing parties that they could suspend sand mining activities by promising to instruct the GD to suspend the mining activities of Julakay Ltd. pending their investigation into the matter added the confusion;

The impression created by NASCE was misconceived by the VDC and some villagers that Julakay Ltd. was effectively ordered by the NASCE to cease all mining activities pending the resolution of the matter by the NASCE;

When the villagers saw trucks being loaded with sand on the morning of 18 June 2018, they believed that Julakay was defying a legitimate order from the National Assembly to cease operations until further notice; and

That as a result of all the above including the already sour relationship between the VDC, and the Alkalo and others, the granting of the mining license to Julakay Ltd. without consultations, the lack of transparency in the execution of the MOU between Julakay Ltd. and the alkalo, the intervention by the NASCE, and the deployment of the PIU personnel at the mining site, the resentment and tension erupted into a bloody confrontation between some residents of Faraba Banta and the PIU personnel leading to the fatalities, injuries and the wanton destruction of the properties in the village.

Author: Sankulleh Gibril Janko

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