By Basirou Conateh
The Secretary General of the People’s Democratic Organisation for Independence and Socialism has described the Gambia’s assassinated senior editor as a “Sacrificial Lamb of the Gambia.”
Halifa Sallah told a symposium organised by the Gambia Press Union last week that “culture of impunity leads to culture of silence.”
Mr. Sallah, a leading Gambian sociologist and political commentator, said impunity happens for a reason. “There is impunity because power is unchecked, unrestrained and we must constantly remind them on issues,” Mr. Sallah said.
He said people must consciously make decision about their lives but this becomes problematic where governance is not properly addressed.
For the leader of the United Democratic Party, the onus lies on all Gambians to ask what can be done to defeat tyranny in their country. “We should all focus and ask ourselves what can be done to end impunity in the Gambia,” Lawyer Ousainou Darboe said.
Lawyer politician believes the Gambia is endowed with competent investigators to reach to the bottom of Deyda Hydara’s unsolved murder.
“Impunity affects all in the Gambia, and we all have a duty to come together and do something about it in the interest of the nation,” he said.
Minority Leader of Parliament said Hydara’s callous murder has left a dent on the Gambia’s image.
“We should tighten our belts to challenge the system to end impunity against our people,” Hon. Samba Bah said, insisting that Deyda Hydara’s murder chapter should have been if the right thing was done. “Ten years without justice is too much.”
The Managing Director of The Point, Pap Saine, renewed the call for the government to re-launch investigation into Hydara’s murder.
Deyda you are a real Sacrificial Lamb. You died for all of us, which is why your murder will never go in vain. Rest in peace.
Looking smart and nice in this picture. I can’t believe that he died and yet his family is denied justice. Allah will always take care of all those who have his blood on their filthy hands.
Justice will certainly come for Mr Hydara & any et al, who have been murdered by the kanilai demon……. Murder & any heinous crime will be addressed & redress…. Yaya jammeh will surfer his own fate in injustices & murdering of innocent people Gambian & non Gambian…….. Gambia issues are of equal concern & value to all Gambians, particularly to those like Deyda who were more selfless in communal interests than the greedy kanilai murderer who just act in selfish aggrandisement galvanized….. & using mercenary agents to commit heinous orders of eliminations….. Under his watch as incumbent & his responsibility to protect all living in Gambian boundaries & to investigate & redress all criminality including Hydara’s murder. The Gambia is greater than any greedy satanic lunatic. Now is the time for the opposition leaders to regroup & demand for the term limits for incumbency & pull up tactically together to save us from generating into any sort of civil strife….. Also to stop more murderous orders on Gambian & other lives being meted out by mercenary elements in killings either with guns & in the kangaroo courts injustices…???
People must never underestimate the psychological impact of such commemorations on, and the guilt felt within, the “conscience ” of his murderers…
Well done GPU. …Well done the honourable gentlemen/ladies. …Well done the lovers of justice.
The memory of our dear comrade, and through him, all our other comrades, who fell victims to this brutal regime, must never be forgotten…