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21st January 2019

Parliament Approves New Chief Justice Desmond Babatunde Edwards and 2 Others

By a press release (22/12/18)  

The Sierra Leone parliament has approved the New Chief Justice of Sierra Leone Desmond Babatunde Edwards and two others in Freetown. 

 

The approval of the three happened on Friday 21st December 2018 debated and unanimously approved the Twenty-Third Report of its Committee on Appointments and the Public Service, chaired by the Leader of Government Business, Sidie M. Tunis. (Photo:President Bio welcomes the New Chief Justice Desmond Babatunde Edwards).

Speaking to the nominees after approval, Speaker of Parliament, Dr. Abass Chernor Bundu commended President Bio for nominating a highly qualified Judge as Chief Justice to preside over the Judiciary of Sierra Leone.

Speaker Bundu also congratulated the nominees and wished them well in pursuit of their new assignments. The following presidential nominees were approved by Parliament:

I. Honourable Justice Desmond Babatunde Edwards - Chief Justice of the Republic of Sierra Leone;
II. Dr. Morie Kalilu Kormoh-Member, Board of Directors, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Board and;
III. Mrs. Madiana Nyanda Samba (Nee Marra)-Member, National Telecommunication Commission

Contributing to the debate, Hassan Sesay, the Opposition Whip in Parliament decried the Committee’s Report for failing to capture all the issues discussed, whilst referring to the nominees as qualified.

The Leader of National Grand Coalition, Alhaji Dr. Kandeh Kolleh Yumkella appreciated the nomination of the new Chief Justice, and called on him to protect and uphold the Constitution of Sierra Leone, whilst emphasizing the obligation to see that the rights of all Sierra Leoneans are respected and protected at all times.

He encouraged the Chief Justice to particularly ensure that the Judiciary is subjected to only the 1991 Constitution or any other law devoid of control or direction from any other person or authority.

In rounding up the debate, the Leader of the Opposition, Chernor R.M Bah unreservedly endorsed the Committee’s Twenty-Third Report, saying "I was part of the interview process of the nominees."

In concluding the debate, the Leader of Government Business, Sidie M. Tunis thanked the House for approving the nominees, whilst assuring Parliament that in future the Committee will capture all the deliberations at that level in its Report to the Plenary".

All came about after the Chief Justice of Sierra Leone, Justice Abdulai Hamid Charm, suddenly resigned from his job. It is not clear what prompted his resignation, but his decision would not come as a surprise. Was he forced to go by the SLPP government?

Courtesy: Department of Public Relations, Parliament of Sierra Leone, +23278495023/+23277669726/+23278426851

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