The Ministry of Justice last evening announced that Dr Lamin J Sise has now been identified as the chairperson of the Truth, Reconciliation and Reparations Commission (TRRC) replacing Mr Abdoulie Morikebba Janneh.
Dr Sise worked for the UN for more than 30 years and served as executive assistant, senior adviser and close confidant of the late Secretary General Kofi Annan. Prior to his association with Mr Annan, Dr Sise served in various senior capacities in the UN Secretariat as deputy legal adviser of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development in Geneva, senior legal officer in the Office of Legal Affairs, director for Legal Affairs, Human Rights and Special Assignments in the Executive Office of the Secretary General.
From 2008 to 2011, Dr Sise also served as senior adviser to Mr Annan during the Kenya National Reconciliation and Dialogue when the Truth, Justice and Reconciliation Commission was established following the 2007 electoral crisis in Kenya.
Dr Sise served as Mr Annan’s chief of staff when the latter was appointed as special envoy for Syria. Secretaries General Ban Ki Moon and Antonio Guterres also recalled Dr Sise into service twice to undertake special assignments.
Dr Lamin J Sise was born and raised in The Gambia and received his education in Bansang School, Armitage High School and Yundum College. He taught at the Ngayen Sanjal Primary School before pursuing higher education in the US and the UK. He holds BA, MA and PhD degrees from Johns Hopkins University in the US, as well as an LLB degree from the University of Cambridge in England.
The statement from the Justice ministry has not explained why Mr Abdoulie Janneh who was initially nominated for the TRRC chair has been replaced by Dr Sise.