President Barrow and the newly sworn-in judges

(JollofNews) – President Adama Barrow of the Gambia has renewed his government’s commitment to promote and strengthen an independent judiciary and the rule of law in the country.

He said Gambians have opted for freedom and an end to tyranny in the last election and the country will never again return to those dark days of impunity and blatant disregard of constitutional order.

“To achieve this, my government is determined to build strong institutions capable of transforming the state of this great nation from dictatorship to democracy and from despair to hope,” the president said.

Speaking at the swearing-in ceremony of six judges on Monday, Mr Barrow added: “We must take advantage of our unique diversity to turn it into collective national strength for the betterment of all Gambians.

“The role of the judiciary in this new dispensation cannot be overemphasized. We count on all of you to effectively and honestly contribute to building a strong, open and just society underpinned by the respect for human rights, democracy and freedom for all.”

Mr Barrow added that while he is aware of the numerous challenges besetting the effective and efficient delivery of justice in the country including timely access to justice, limited resources and the capacity to retain competent legal practitioners, he has no doubt that with collective national resolve and commitment coupled with the continued support from development partners, his goverment will reposition the judicial sector to respond to the current realities of the country sooner rather than later.

He said he has full confidence in the Chief Justice of the the Gambia, Justice Hassan Jallow and the team, and his regime will give support to the justice department in its efforts to  reform the judiciary.