By Aisha Tamba
UN Resident Coordinator, Ms. Seraphine Wakana has said the UN will continue to support The Gambia’s Truth, Reconciliation and Reparations Commission as it goes through the last phase of its mandate.
She was speaking at Dunes hotel at a ceremony called by the TRRC to award the UN and four other major partners as a show of appreciation for their support during the process.
The awards were handed over to United Nations Transitional Justice (UNTJ), International Center for Transitional Justice (ITCJ), Institute for Human Rights and Development in Africa (IHRDA) and the Catholic Relief Services (CRS) and International IDEA.
Speaking at the ceremony Ms. Seraphine Wakana continued: “As the UN Resident Coordinator, I want to commit myself and the entire UN in The Gambia to supporting TRRC as we eagerly wait your report and will be happy to support and continue. We are really eager to see the implementation of the recommendations from the reports you are going to submit. We will be happy to see the implementations.”
She said the TRRC has been an example to other countries and praised the commission for prioritising victims the way they carried out their mandate.
The deputy chairperson at the commission, Adelaide Sosseh said without the partners the TRRC would not have registered the success it has.
“TRRC, as it closes, will want to thank not just only your institutions but the Gambia and the world at large to know that we value the help that you gave and we appreciate it and we acknowledge it.
On behalf of the TRRC, the commission, the secretariat, and the victims in particular we want to say thank you from the bottom of our hearts for all that you did for us and we hope that the work we have put in for the past two and half years will continue to lead to sustainable development and peace and healing to our beloved nation,” she said.
Haddy Jallow, director of admin and human resources at the TRRC, said the five major donors have contributed a lot to the development of the commission.