Mob justice is, unfortunately, taking root in the Gambia as manifested in Monday’s unjustified onslaught on General Lamin Bojang’s residence by a mob furious about the murdering of one Abdoulie Sanneh by the general’s nephew, Yusupha Bojang. Why should the General be penalised for his nephew’s action and unruly behaviour? A similar incident occurred in Sanyang earlier this year where some youth went on a rampage, burning and vandalizing public properties following a murder case.
While the gruesome murder is strongly condemned, people should not take the law into their own hands.
Meanwhile, the country’s sociologists ought to be funded to conduct thorough research into the growing crime cases, including murder involving teenagers, to establish the factors involved in this phenomenon and make recommendations. In my humble opinion, the disturbing trend cannot be treated through security means alone!
Basidia M Drammeh
People, being a victim does not give you license to speak on behalf of all other victims. As a victim, you can forgive all you want and even forget about your torture in the hands of Yahya Jammeh and his APRC government. You can reconcile with your torturers if that is what you want and by all means, you can kiss their feet if it makes you feel better. What should be beyond any decent human being is to try and force others to accept their torturers, rapists, and killers in the name of some wayward reconciliation anchored on selfish and vindictive political motivations. It is wicked, insensitive, and senseless of anyone to minimize the pain of others just to score cheap political points.