Gambian public reacts to delay in justice for Deyda’s murder

By Sanna Camara

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There seems to be utter frustration in the voices of Gambian public over the long delay in bringing the murderers of Deyda Hydara to justice. These are echoed in comments on social and other media on the ninth anniversary of Mr. Hydara’s assassination yesterday.

Deyda’s longtime friend and professional colleague Demba Jawo, who co-authored Deyda’s biography The Living Mirror, said the failure of the authorities to make the autopsy report available to the Hydara family can easily be interpreted to mean an apparent attempt of a cover up.

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“Even the failure of the authorities to make the autopsy report available … after several requests or to even carry out a forensic analysis of the bullets recovered from Deyda’s body, which are some of the most basic things anyone would expect from any responsible authority, can easily be interpreted to mean an apparent attempt of a cover up,” Jawo wrote I an article shared on his timeline yesterday.

He went on: “While there is as yet no iota of evidence to accuse the government or anyone else of complicity in Deyda’s murder, but the least anyone expected from the authorities was to show commitment in thoroughly investigating the case with a view to bringing the culprits to justice…”

To Sarjo Sanyang, friends and colleagues of Deyda hve been robbed off real good person. “This brutality deserves to be condemned in every way,” said Sanyang.

The outspoken Gambian Islamic cleric who suffered four months of incarceration at the hands of state security agents without any court process, and now living in the US, also wrote that; “h Allah, how can the Deyda Hydara that I know just die like that…..? No, no, no!”

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“The Deyda that I know as one of the best journalists, bilingual, soft by word, smart by action, discipline by nature, lovely by appearance, honest by deeds, humble by character…. Oh Allah, how can you just see this unique gentleman being killed my mad dogs. Oh Allah, please expose this mad dogs now, and not later,” Leigh wrote on his Facebook wall yesterday.

One Aminata Jagne wrote: “This is just sad and senseless…. We must keep fighting for Deyda and all the other unanswered murders in The Gambia.”

Nanama Keita, another Gambian journalist living in the US, wrote that justice delayed is justice denied. “They killed Deyda, but they cannot kill his spirit!”

“Where is the so-called Gambian government after ten years… nothing has come out of this. Then there is no justice The Gambia,” he added.

 “The Pen that Deyda held, the pad that he’d emptied ink on, the Principle that defined him, the integrity of self and the journalism profession that he genuinely and fearlessly guarded and defended, the respect and appreciation that he’s had for people and country, ARE more powerful and stronger than the bullets that cowards under the cover of darkness used to take his life. As a man and head of household, Deyda was not selfish nor was he afraid to die for what he’d believed in,” wrote Pata Saidykhan, another Gambian living in the US.

Michael Wolfers described the murder as “such a sad and unnecessary loss of a good and kind man”.

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