Tuesday, March 28, 2023

National Assembly Confirms Appointment of 2 into Judicial Service Commission


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By: Kebba AF Touray

The National Assembly on Monday confirmed the appointment of Mrs. Mary Abdoulie Samba and Ms. Sulayman Samba as members of the Judicial Service Commission.

The confirmation came after the tabling of the report of the Public Appointment Committee on its findings on the said appointments. The committee was having issues regarding the middle names in their credentials.

Laying the report of the committee, Muhammed Magassy, member for Basse, said they have called witnesses for oral testimony and requested for documents to authenticate the discrepancies in the middle names of the appointees.

“The committee received oral and written evidence from both Mrs. Mary Abdoulie Samba and Mr. Sulayman Samba. Both witnesses highlighted that the discrepancies observed in their middle names, as it appeared in their credentials, do not refer to different persons and that their respective documents are true and authentic copies referring to their personality,” he said.

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He said the committee, after engagements with both Mrs. Mary Abdoulie Samba and Mr. Sulayman Samba, unanimously recommended the confirmation of their appointment into the Judicial Service Commission.

The National Assembly Public Appointment Standing Committee is established by section 109(A) of the 1997 constitution and Standing Order 95 of the National Assembly.

The committee in accordance with standing order 96 and 114 is mandated to scrutinize, consider and advise upon all appointments of the National Assembly, and any other matter connected with appointment to a public office or as provided for in the constitution.

The report of the committee was seconded by the Member for Banjul North, Ousman Sillah, who hailed the committee for going the extra mile in getting the affidavit of Mrs. Mary Abdoulie Samba, in a bid to authenticate her credential that was submitted to the committee for the consideration of her appointment.

The assembly subsequently adopted the report of the committee and confirmed the appointment of Mrs. Mary Abdoulie Samba and Mr. Sulayman Samba into the Judicial Service Commission.

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