Hon. Halifa Sallah Breaks Silence On Kanilai Incident and Points The Way Forward

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The party leader of the People’s Democratic Organisation for Independence and Socialism (PDOIS) Hon. Halifa Sallah has spoken about recent Foni Protest and several issues, Hon. Sallah was speaking on Sunday afternoon during a press conference organized by his party.

According to him, No one would have envisaged that in less than six months after the emergence of a new government, blood would stain in the corridors of state power. He emphasized that this should compel all Gambians to take a pause and ask “what has gone wrong and what are we to do to right it”. “This is the demand of truth and justice under our circumstances,”.

“The incident in Kanilai gave birth to weeping and gnashing of teeth on one side, and the cocking of guns and the issuing of warnings on the other. This is not a recipe for building the new Gambia” He added. Therefore, Halifa Sallah urged the state to issue another statement other than the statement previously been issued concerning the riot that occurred at Kanilai, which led to the death of a protester. 

He advised that the statement should be a statement of reconciliation and a statement that would bring the people in the area together and discuss the way forward.

“A statement that will call on the National Assembly Members of the area, religious leaders, the alkalolus, the council of elders to be involved in all process with a view to prevent reoccurrence of such incident,” he said. He noted that it is important to look at the issue of prosecutor, saying it is crucial to utilize the method of transitional justice.

The Serekunda NAM is convinced that once these measures are taken, “the Kanilai incident will be a matter of the past”, not as an end in itself but as a means to promote national reconciliation and teach others how Gambia did overcome a major crisis in a manner that ensures that we maintain the path that we have chosen for ourselves, a path of democracy, rule of law, good governance, a path of National unity , a path of One Gambia, One Nation, One People. He concluded. 

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