By: Neneh Galleh Barry
President Adama Barrow has sworn-in Dr. Baba Galleh Jallow as the Executive Director of the Truth, Reconciliation and Reparation Commission.
Speaking at the swearing-in ceremony on Thursday at State House in Banjul, Barrow said that in the journey towards the consolidation of democracy, good governance, human rights and national development, government has moved yet to another strategic level in the judicial reform program. “The swearing of the Executive Secretary is an important pillar in building a strong institutional foundation in the dispensation of justice,” he noted.
According to him the Truth, Reconciliation and Reparation Commission is mandated to look into the human rights abuses committed under the former regime of Yahya Jammeh. “It is very important to establish the truth for us to take the right and informed decision to compensate the victims of the former regime but also to reconcile as a nation,” President Barrow emphasized. This, he says, does not mean that those who committed human rights abuses will not be brought to justice. He congratulated Dr. Jallow on his appointment to “this important commission” while thanking him for accepting to serve his country in this challenging role.
Barrow said the appointment of the Executive Secretary was not based on partisan consideration but rather, it has been carefully vetted and guided by competence, integrity and qualification. However, he went on, given the sensitive nature of the task at hand and the high expectations of the public, he encouraged Jallow to deliver efficiently and effectively with a high sense of discipline and honesty.
“It is important to note that this TRRC is to investigate numerous allegations of abuse of human rights and willful violations of the constitution.” he remarked.
President Barrow reiterated that the government would stand firm for truth and justice and they are committed to the restoration of human rights, fair play and the pursuit of justice for all.