Gambia’s President Adama Barrow has sworn-in two judicial service commissioners as the West African nation’s leader ramp up efforts to localize the country’s justice system.
Lamin Ceesay of Jarumeh Koto and horticulturalists Bolong Jatta of Busumbala were sworn-in by Mr. Barrow at the presidency as the new government seeks to reform institutions.
The Judicial Service Commission recommends the appointment of judges, magistrates and senior officials of the judiciary. It also advises on improvements for the delivery of justice.
Gambian courts were overflowed with foreign judges, most of them accused of being mercenaries for the ex-regime. Barrow has vowed to change that.
Since coming to power in a rather usual maneuver to force his predecessor, Yahya Jammeh to step aside, Barrow has filled the Judiciary with Gambian judges, first by appointing the country’s longest-serving Attorney General and ex-UN prosecutor, Hassan B. Jallow as Chief Justice.
Jallow has praised the appointments of Mr. Ceesay and Jatta saying they bring with them a wealth of experience and sense of community needed to improve the country’s justice system.