Friday, June 22, 2018

Resolution of the National Assembly on Faraba Banta

Speaker of the National Assembly
We, the Members of the National Assembly of the Republic of The Gambia hereby RESOLVE as follows:

1.  That it is with sorrow and dismay we express our profound sympathy and condolences to the families of the victims of the 15th June, 2018 incident in Faraba Banta , Kombo East, West Coast Region;

2.  That proper medical care be given to those shot and injured and, if need be, be sent  abroad for proper treatment if such cannot be offered in the country;

3.  That those who lost their lives as a result  of the shooting due compensation be given to their families;

4.  That those who survive bullet wounds be also given due compensation, particularly those who may emerge debilitated by injury;

5.  That an independent body be appointed to enquire into the circumstances which led to the occurence of the incident of 18th June, 2018 , in Faraba Banta, Kombo East, West Coast Region;

6.  That the coroner's inquest be instituted to enquire into the cause of death of those who lost their lives;

7.  That Government table, or cause to be tabled, the Report of the investigation before the National Assembly not later than 14 days of receiving the said report;

8.  That those found guilty should face due process of the law;

9.  That henceforth Government halt all sand mining operations in the area;

10. That the license for sand mining issued to the contractor be revoked with immediate effect;

11. That the issue of sand mining in the area be reviewed and considered critically, given that it affects the livelihood of the community concerned;

12. That in future, communities be involved in the negotiation before implementing such schemes in their localities;

13. That henceforth, part of the proceeds derived from tapping resources in localities be plough back to communities as dividend for the development of the localities;

14. That the State undertake immediately measures to ensure the security and protection of the people of Faraba Banta, Kombo East, West Coast Region;

15. Call upon the community of Faraba Banta, Kombo East, West Coast Region to refrain from violence and allow due process of the law to take its course;

16. That the State take all reasonable steps and efforts to prevent Police brutality and human rights violations in the future;

17. That the Mines and Quarries Act 2005 be reviewed with urgency and that a wide consultation among stakeholders be conducted before approval is given to issuing license;

18. That Government expedite the Security Reform Process including all the security apparatus;

19. That the State ensure that Security Officers do not use live bullets on unarmed civilians;

20. That the National Assembly Select Committee on Environment , Sustainable Development and NGO Affairs to monitor the implementation of this resolution and ensure that Government update the National Assembly periodically;

21. That the Clerk of the National Assembly immediately forward this Resolution to the relevant authorities and institutions.

DONE IN BANJUL, THE GAMBIA, this Twenty-first Day of June, in the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand and Eighteen.

Office of the Clerk
National Assembly
21st June, 2018