Newly formed Gambian Political Party, Citizens’ Alliance has issued a press release labelling the coalition agreement between President Adama Barrow’s National People’s Party (NPP) and former President Jammeh’s Association for Patriotic Reorientation and Construction (APRC) a betrayal of Gambians already grappling with trauma. Below is the press release from Citizens’ Alliance where they reiterate their commitment to implement the TRRC’s Report and Recommendations. The TRRC is a commission enacted to investigate the human rights violations of former President Yahya Jammeh and his regime from 1994 to 2016.
By Citizens’ Alliance
Citizens’ Alliance (CA) is disheartened by the recent announcement of an APRC-NPP alliance, a union it believes goes against the very foundation of why President Adama Barrow was elected by the Gambian people in December 2016; a union that has individuals and communities already grappling with the trauma caused by Yahya Jammeh’s 22-year brutal authoritarian regime feeling betrayed and hopeless yet again.
Gambians and friends and supporters of The Gambia are concerned that the regime change that promised to end self-perpetuating rule through constitutional, institutional, electoral, administrative and security reforms to lay the foundation for a system change has been abandoned in favour of a government that represents the interest of a few people, desperate to stay in power at any and all cost while the country faces the risk of sliding back to the dark days of dictatorship which Gambians, supported by the diaspora and international community, fought so hard to break away from.
The executive leadership and members of CA wish to reiterate its commitment to ensuring that the work of the Commissions established by the Gambian people does not go in vain and that the resulting recommendations and necessary reforms are fully implemented to ensure justice and accountability. CA is now, more than ever, committed to uniting the citizens of this country to build a society where democracy is the order of the day, civil liberties and human rights are respected and impunity is a thing of the past.
In another press release from the CA issued in late June 2021, they reiterate their commitment to the implementation of the TRRC Report and Recommendations. This was after their leadership visited the Victim Center to show solidarity with the Victims of the former President Yahya Jammeh.
Below is the press release from CA.
To help support the healing process for the victims, the Citizens’ Alliance will provide an annual subvention to the Victims Centre. And most importantly, C.A will stand firm to ensure the full implementation of the TRRC’s final recommendations.