A pro-democracy activists and human rights defender, Madi Jobarteh says the leader of former Gambian dictator, Yahya Jammeh’s party has committed treason.
Fabakary Tombong Jatta, the new chair of the APRC party challenged critics to reveal what wrong he has done to Gambians during Jammeh’s reign, accusing the new government of persecuting all APRC members.
“I hereby put it to Fabakary Tombong Jatta he committed treason by aiding and abetting a brutal ruler to take the lives of Gambian children,” said Jobarteh.
Jatta, the former Majority Leader of the Gambia’s parliament led efforts to have Jammeh entrenched in power. He and other APRC-backed parliamentarians authorized a 90-day state of emergency to extend Jammeh’s rule when the longtime ruler lost elections and refused to cede power.
The decision was quickly reversed when regional troops forced Jammeh to flee in January after a two-month-long crisis that nearly slipped the small nation into a civil war.
Jatta was also a National Assembly Member when 14 students were gunned down by Gambian security forces. He voted in favor of an indemnity act, which mark the beginning of an era of impunity.
He also led efforts to have the electoral regulations amended, putting in exorbitant fees and making it one of the most unfair. It led to opposition protests, which saw security forces using excessive force to arrest demonstrators.
UN said at least three people have since died and opposition detainees, who were tortured were denied medical care by the authorities.
“Unless if Fabakary wishes to tell us that the lives of those children were nothing and the killers were right it is clear that he had flatly failed to defend the Gambia contrary to his mandate,” Jobarteh said.