Day One – Jangjangbureh
Day Two – Njau
This is the second meeting in this three-day mission to create the enabling environment required to ensure the safe return of Gambians deported from the Gambia to Kerr Mott Ali Senegal.
The TRRC Report recommended the court judgement issued in 2018 for the persecuted members of the Ndiggal Sect to be reinstated their land and properties and to be accorded the right guaranteed in the 1997 Constitution.
Present at the engagement is the Cheif of Njau Demba Sey alongside local elders and members of the community together with the former TRRC Commissioner Imam Sey, WAVE Representatives and Representatives from the Nhrc Gambia, Gambia Participates, ICTJ and the National Endowment for Democracy.
The greetings and introductions have all been done and the dialogue is about to begin. Watch the live coverage on Gainako Online Newspaper Facebook Page.
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Below is a link to the live stream of the second event at Njau.
Day 3 – Panchang
The third and final day of the “Peace Talks for Peace Building” organised by WAVE Gambia started at Panchang in Upper Saloum where the local community including Chief Demba Sey of Upper Saloum, Imam Omar Sey the former TRRC Commissioner, members of Kerr Mott Ali, the NHRC Gambia, the Office of National Security amongst others were in attendance.
During the dialogue, the various government positions on the Kerr Mott Ali saga were discussed including the court ruling that the “deported” Gambians from Kerr Mott Ali Gambia that have taken refuge should be allowed to return home. The TRRC recommendation reiterating the court judgement was also discussed together with the Government’s White Paper which also supports the TRRC Recommendation.
Most importantly the Government White Paper calls for peacebuilding and social cohesion to create a peaceful environment to implement the recommendation.
The environment was full of life and ambience as the women of Panchang sang and danced to the news of the imminent return of their neighbours who are currently seeking refuge in Kerr Mott Ali Senegal. They pledged to support the peace-building process to facilitate their safe return.
The day concluded with a visit to Kerr Mott Ali Senegal where a debriefing meeting was held with the community. If peace talks continue as envisaged the people who currently occupy Kerr Mott Ali Gambia will be engaged and a follow-up “Peace Building Talks” will be held between them and the Gambians deported from Kerr Mott Ali Gambia.
Here is a link to the engagement at Panchang.