TRRC chairman Lamin J Sise has said it’s been challenging for his investigation to get witnesses on the theme of Jammeh’s alternative HIV/AIDS treatment programme, as the probe’s public hearings returned Monday.

Chairman Sise said in his opening statement: “As we encountered during the Commission’s consideration of the themes on Sexual and Gender-based Violence and the former president’s witch hunting exercise, it has been equally challenging for the TRRC to get witnesses on the theme of Jammeh’s alternative HIV/AIDS treatment programme. This is understandable because of the social stigma associated with all these three issues.

“These challenges notwithstanding, the TRRC continues to encourage all victims of the former president’s activities, be it road users or the Alternative Treatment Programme, to please come forward and share their stories with the Commission. In that event, the TRRC assures them that their privacy and integrity will be respected and protected.”