Thursday, 01 August 2013 15:05(JollofNews) – A Ghanaian newspaper editor has called on Gambia’s newly appointed chief justice to take a tough stand against any political interference in the execution of her duties.
Ghanaian-born Justice Mabel Maame Agyemang was sworn-in this morning as the Gambia’s first female chief justice. She succeeded Nigerian-born judge, Justice Joseph Wowo, who was fired last week by President Yahya Jammeh after he was allegedly caught on tape negotiating for half a million Dalasi bribe from a Gambian—based Dutch businessman over a land dispute case.
Abdul Malik Kweku Baako, editor-in-chief of the New Crusading Guide newspaper, said President Jammeh is a ‘crazy guy’ and the new chief justice needs to be firm and insist that no one interferes with her work.
“The only thing is that Gambia’s President is a crazy guy,” Mr Kweku Baako told Ghanaian Peace FM radio talk show host, Kwami Sefa-Kayi.
“I will be honest; I don’t like him one bit. I detest his politics and I just pray for this lady. That man has no scruples and he will try as much as possible to interfere in the administration of justice and all sorts of things and so you (Justice Agyemang) have to be tough to be able to preside over the judicial system in Gambia. His human rights record is appalling. He’s a disaster of a president and yet he is sitting there as a president. I just don’t want to hear his name…
While congratulating Justice Agyemang for attaining that height, Mr Kweku Baako added: "I am quite impressed especially she being a woman…it shows our skills and expertise; the fact that we have a human resource of a high quality across the international civil service…Kofi Annan is a big example…it is good. As much as possible, we are contributing to the international culture. I am so impressed.”
Justice Agyemang who graduated from the Ghanaian Law School, was called to the Ghanaian Bar in 1987 and the Ghanaian Bench soon after. She has served in the judiciaries of the governments of Ghana, the Gambia and Swaziland.
She began working for the Commonwealth Secretariat in 2004, first being sent to the Gambia from September 2004 to 2008 a High Court judge and then to Swaziland in a similar capacity.
Until her appointment, Justice Agyemang was on secondment to the Gambia as an Appeal Court Judge.
A devout Christian, the new chief justice is married with two children.
Written by PK Jarju
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