If the testimony of Alagie Kanyi is found true then Yankuba Touray and FJC must be prosecuted for interfering with witnesses and obstructing the TRRC! Their actions violate Section 36 of the Act and therefore action must be taken against them!
Section 36 of the TRRC Act states that,
“A person who:
a) threatens or interferes with an informant or a witness, or
(b) willfully obstructs or otherwise interferes with work of the Commission in the discharge of its functions,
commits an offence and is liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding one million dalasis or to imprisonment not exceeding three years or both a fine and imprisonment.”
Furthermore Section 15 TRRC Act on the Powers of the Commission states under subsection 4 that,
“All persons, including public institutions shall cooperate with and provide unrestricted access for the Commission and its staff for any purposes necessary in the fulfillment of the Commission’s mandate under this Act, as determined by the Commission.”
By this provision it means tampering with witnesses and undermining the independence, integrity and effectiveness of the TRRC is a crime and punishable. All that is expected from each and every Gambian is to support and cooperate with the TRRC!
By calling Kanyi to encourage him to disregard the TRRC in anyway after knowing full well that he was a person of interest to the Commission and called to testify!
I hope the TRRC Chair will ask the High Court to issue arrest warrants and prosecute Yankuba Touray and Fatoumata Jahumpa Ceesay for interfering with witnesses and obstructing the work of the TRRC!
For The Gambia Our Homeland