A former body guard to former president Sir Dawda Kairaba Jawara, Tijan Touray, has labelled a group of soldiers who staged a coup against President Jawara as rebels.
“Rebels I would call them-they were like rebels- they turn in out their berries…you couldn’t identify who is a soldier or from others. If there was a resistance the coup wouldn’t have been successful,” Touray testifying before the TRRC via Skype on Wednesday said.
Touray described the 1994 coup as a mutiny as he added that Jammeh couldn’t organise a coup because he was not organise and that Jammeh organised only his friends.
Tijan, who was an ex-corporal at the defunct Gendarmerie, further described former president Jammeh during those days as not taking orders from his senior officers and that he swore too much.
He added: “The way he speaks, he swears a lot and he doesn’t take orders from senior officer. He works like a bandit sort of –he was a radical definitely.”
He told the commission that if ex-captain Turo Jawneh was serving as the commander at State House, 1994 coup wouldn’t be successful, adding that Turo was a dedicated and committed commander who loves his nation.