Executions are not a solution to curbing murder
Dear editor, The Gambia is one of the most peaceful countries in the whole world and Gambians are known for their kindheartedness.
The execution of nine people by the government last week has created great alarm in and outside the country. Some people still didn't believe that President Jammeh has executed the nine prisoners. It was very strange for them and they want to see the dead bodies to believe the execution.
The executions have spawned all kinds of rumours and now nobody knows what to believe. I want to tell people to stop spreading rumours and go back to work. What has happened has happened. Let us pray that it would not happen again. President Jammeh should not kill again. He should continue to be a man of mercy and Gambians should change their attitude and work for the betterment of our country.
Everybody knows that the Constitution of The Gambia has clearly stated that anybody found guilty of murder should be executed but the same constitution gives the president power to commute the death penalty to a life sentence. I believe that President Jammeh should commute the death sentences of those on death row to life in jail or even pardon them.
It is not a surprise that Gambians are making delegations and going to State House to plead with the president. I believe that the president will listen to their pleas.
It is quite true that putting convicts before firing squads will not reduce the rate of murder in the country. President Jammeh should use other methods rather than executions which are not a solution to the crime. As the saying goes, two wrongs cannot make right.
Many countries have also warned President Jammeh not to execute the remaining death row inmates by the middle of next month as he vowed.
France has issued a statement urging Gambia to maintain the moratorium with a view toward the definitive abolition of the death penalty, and not to execute the remaining death row prisoners.
France believes that death penalty is a “cruel” punishment and that its abolition contributes to strengthening human dignity. Some organisations have accused President Jammeh of violating both national and international laws on these executions.
But I think President Jammeh should not listen to the comments by the outside world but he should look at the interest of the Gambians in The Gambia.