Outspoken political commentator and activist Madi Jobarteh has said that the interim leader of the APRC Fabakary Tombong Jatta must be prosecuted.
In a writeup shared with The Standard, Mr Jobarteh said the revelations of the Janneh Commission have showed that the former APRC NAMs led by Fabakary Tombong Jatta have failed in their duties to protect the supreme interests of the nation.
“Yet Fabakary is seeking to cleanse and legitimise himself by speaking about the good of Yahya Jammeh,” Jobarteh said.
He accused FTJ of taking cover under the wave of democracy currently being spread all over The Gambia to hide his alleged criminal complicity in the corruption and atrocities of Jammeh.
“Fabakary must know that the democracy he enjoys today was denied to Gambians by himself and Yahya Jammeh. It was the masses of Gambians who brought about this democracy against the wishes of Yahya Jammeh and Fabakary. If he had stood up for the good of The Gambia we would not have had hundreds of our citizens die and suffer in search of democracy which was seized by him and Yahya Jammeh,” Jobarteh said.
He added: “Yahya Jammeh killed numerous Gambian women and children and men. Yahya Jammeh violated The Gambia Constitution uncountable times. Yahya Jammeh damaged the rights of Gambians with impunity. Yahya Jammeh diverted public funds to his selfish interests in broad daylight. Yahya Jammeh interfered with state institutions and disregarded the rule of law as he liked.
Yahya Jammeh ridiculed the name of The Gambia before the whole world, making us a laughing stock. Yahya Jammeh not only denied the verdict of the people but went ahead to trample upon it thanks to Fabakary Tombong Jatta and APRC parliamentarians.”
According to Mr Jobarteh, since 1997 APRC as a party and with its majority in the parliament, gave total support and provided cover up to all the acts of corruption, abuse of office and atrocities of Jammeh.
“They knew that the actions of Yahya Jammeh violated the Gambian constitution and all norms of human rights and good governance yet they aided and abetted the despot,” he said.
He said at a great cost to the lives and future of Gambians, the country succeeded to free itself from the clutches of dictatorship perpetrated by the APRC and yet until today Fabakary Tombong Jatta and few others continue to tout APRC on Gambians as if that party ever represented any good for The Gambia.
“How can Fabakary claim that he stand for the good of The Gambia when he never stood up to call for an end to human rights violations of the APRC regime? Fabakary said Yahya Jammeh has done well for The Gambia when he has seen how indebted and poor and wretched this country is today! If Nawec is in a terrible situation today is that not the work of Yahya Jammeh and APRC?
Yet Fabakary does not only maintain APRC but he is even celebrating Yahya Jammeh as a member! Can Fabakary tell the mothers of murdered school children that Yahya Jammeh was not responsible and tell them who was responsible for the murder of their children? Can Fabakary tell those mothers what he, Fabakary did when those children where massacred to make sure justice prevailed?” Jobarteh said.
He concluded by saying that FTJ is complicit in the abuse of power perpetrated by Yaya Jammeh hence he must be prosecuted for failing in his duties.