By Bekai Njie
The 1st vice-chairman of the Armed Forces Provisional Ruling Council (AFPRC) and the brain behind the July 22nd 1994 coup d’état today urged former president Yahya Jammeh, Edward Singateh and Yankuba Touray, all council members of AFPRC government to go and testify before the TRRC.
Sanna Bairo Sabally, who came voluntarily without asking for immunity or amnesty, Thursday testified before the Truth, Reconciliation and Reparations Commission (TRRC) chaired by Dr. Lamin J. Sise.
Dr. Lamin J. Sise thanked him enormously for coming to the TRRC to testify, while the lead counsel Essa M. Faal confirmed that he came voluntarily without asking for immunity or amnesty.
Mr. Sabally also appealed to witnesses to come forward and tell the world the truth, while begging for forgiveness for what he did. He apologised to Omar Jallow, then minister of Agriculture in the Jawara government and others he might have offended knowingly or unknowingly.
He expressed appreciation to all Gambians for the establishment of the TRRC and paid tribute to the
minister of Information and Communication Infrastructure, Ebrima Sillah, minister of Tourism and Culture, Hamat Bah and Sulayman Ndow who he said, had fought tirelessly to remove ex-president Yahya Jammeh.
He advised soldiers to stay in their barracks and stay out of politics and urged them to channel their grievances to the relevant authority.
He entreated them to defend the country’s territorial integrity and uphold the constitutional standards.
He enjoined all Gambians to respect their work so that the country can develop, while urging all not to allow the Gambia’s dark past destroy the country’s future.
During the sitting, one Matty Sallah, a widow of the late Lt. Abdoulie Bah alias Achoping Choping sent a message through the legal team that she had forgiven Sana Sabally.
Counsel Faal implored the general public to respect Sana Sabally’s dignity.