An innocent woman was killed on 7th March 2015 for nothing and all what we were told was, the vehicle she was traveling in refused to stop at a checkpoint. Which led to the security forces subsequent chased and in the process the security forces opened fire and a stray bullet eventually killed Ya Binta Jarju. What on earth is happening in The Gambia, does the authorities think they can fool every person in that country, no I don’t think so. I will borrow a phrase from Abraham Lincoln “You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can not fool all of the people all of the time”. Yahya Jammeh and his government have been fooling much of the populace of The Gambia since inception, but they need to realise that not everyone is being fooled.
How could the government come up with this bogus explanation and think the people will buy into that, this is not the first time security officers have killed civilians with impunity and all that the government does is to indemnify them. It is all good to charge the driver for traffic or whatever offenses, but how about the people who killed Ya Binta, because if we are to believe what they say then somebody must be charged with murder or at least manslaughter.
The only person charged is the driver of the Taxi Mustapha Njie, who was charged with four counts of failure to stop when required to stop, disobedience to lawful orders, rash or negligent act causing death and unlicensed driving, was on 19 March 2015 convicted and sentenced by Magistrate Gomez of the Kanifing Magistrates’ Court on the first two counts. How about the security officers, are they there to kill or to protect? However, time will tell. REST IN PEACE YA BINTA!!!