In his contribution on today`s legislative sittings at the National Assembly Chambers in Banjul, Sidia Jatta the MP for Wuli West was outraged about the brutal killings of young men by paramilitary forces in Faraba-Banta village, West Coast Region of the Gambia.
Jatta condemned the killings of Bakary Kujabi and Ebrima Bah both young men in their 30s who were gunned down in the early morning hours of Monday 18th June 2018 at Faraba Banta, while protesting against mining in their community.
Over a dozen more have been wounded by live ammunitions. And some of the wounded are in critical conditions at the country`s main referral hospital EFSTH.
Jatta said these young men are killed in cold blood for “defending the dignity of their community and the country.” He added that they are killed “for defending the wealth of their country.”
He described today`s incident as a replica of colonial practice, which was fought against. According to Jatta, people are on each other’s throats and land disputes are everywhere in the country.
He said: “We must do something about this. This must stop.
“Our lands must belong to the people.
“They must be the collectors of the wealth of this country.”
Residents of Faraba Banta has been united to protest against a private sand mining company called Julakay Engineering and Construction Company that is licensed to mine sand in their community.
Sidia insists that it is ‘rubbish’ for an individual to enrich himself on something that is meant for a whole community. He questioned why and how has that individual been given all of that area to mine?
He told the Assemble that places of that nature are where the government should derive its revenue from, not individuals. “This is where we should generate revenue to develop our country” said the MP for Wuli West.