By Yankuba Jallow
Momodou L. Jarju alias Rongo has filed a motion before the Supreme Court in a land matter involving him and Momodou Lungs Jarju, the Alkalo of Banjulinding.
Rongo is defending himself in the case which emanated from the Gambia Court of Appeal. He wants the apex court to set-aside the cost of one hundred thousand dalasis (D100,000) awarded against him by the Court of Appeal saying his family are the original indigenes of the settlement, Banjuliding. The artist also wants the Supreme Court to grant him leave to amend the statement of claim and grounds of appeal to add more documents in support of his case. Also, he wants the court to grant him leave to file additional supporting documents with new pieces of evidence in support of his case.
Rongo intends to rely on several documents in support of his motion, which he is going to move on the 21st December 2021.
The artist said he has encountered and experienced a series of unfairness in the past decade from persons in authority.
The case came on Wednesday, 15th December before the Supreme Court headed by Chief Justice Hassan B. Jallow. The other judges were Justices Cherno Sulayman Jallow, Maimuna M. Sey, Awa Bah and Haddy Cecilia Roche.
Lawyer Kebba Sanyang who represented Momodou Lungs Jarju informed the court that his client received certified true copies of the records of proceedings of both the high court and court of appeal on Tuesday around 2 pm. Lawyer Sanyang said the record of proceedings is in two volumes adding they need time to go through it as he sought for an adjournment.
Rongo said he does not have any objection to Lawyer Sanyang’s plea, but was quick to add that there are missing documents in the file.
Rongo told the court before the case was adjourned he wanted to move his motion dated the 3rd June 2021, but Justice HB Jallow informed him that he can come back on the 21st December 2021.