Gambia’s former Vice President Isatou Njie-Saidy was confronted by pro-democracy activists and rights campaigners at a gala dinner celebrating the West African nation’s independence and the inauguration of the new President Adama Barrow.
She booed by the crowd as she walks off after one of the activists, Tuku Jallow accused her of killing students some 17 years ago.
“Don’t touch me,” Mrs. Jallow said, as the ex-VP attempted to address her.
“We will say the truth. We want to follow the rule of law and if you do not mind, I will sue you,” the former VP Njie-Saidy retorted.
A police officer intervenes before Njie-Saidy walks off.
“The allegations are serious,” said the unknown officer. “You have to be careful,” she told Mrs. Jallow.
At least 14 students were gunned down by presidential guard soldiers during a protest in April 2000 under the watch of Njie-Saidy.
She is the longest-serving cabinet member of Jammeh’s autocratic government and was the head of the National Security Council, which oversees the joint chiefs of staff, the military and detention centers.
Gambia’s military has been accused of human rights violations including torture, killings and enforced disappearances.
The military has backed Jammeh, helping the strongman to hold on to power and suppress dissent.