Gambian Foreign Minister implicated in oppression of journalist
By Sainey Darboe:
Former president of Gambia Press Union, Ndey Tapha Sosseh, has implicated the Foreign Minister Momodou Tangara in efforts to secure her extradition on trumped-up allegations of treason.
Testifying before the Truth, Reconciliation and Reparations Commission (TRRC) tasked with investigating human rights abuses under former president Jammeh from 1994-2016, Ndey Tapha Sossseh disclosed:
“Apparently, I was on a government blacklist. I was stopped in Harare on my trip for a meeting in Zimbabwe. The then Foreign minister who is now serving under the current government came to Mali and had discussions with Malian officials for my extradition”.
Ndey Tapha Sosseh who was working in Mali for a civil society organization elucidated that the Malian government’s commitment to human rights and freedom of expression rendered them leery of The Gambia government’s effort.
“They were asked to provide evidence of my involvement in efforts to destabilize The Gambia. But they couldn’t provide this to warrant my extradition ,”added Ndey Tapha Sosseh.
The former GPU president further revealed that she was provided intelligence by Malian authorities that she was being tracked by operatives working for Jammeh in Mali. Concerned about her security, she was provided 24hrs protection by private security personnel.