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P’ment vets 9 presidential nominees

January 14, 2015 By Jariatu Bangura

Members of the parliamentary Committee on Appointment and Public Service yesterday began the process of vetting nine presidential nominees who are to serve in different institutions across the country if given the seal of approval by lawmakers.

The nominees are: Justice Abdulai Sheik Fofanah – proposed Judge of the Court of Appeal; Kekura Bangura – proposed Judge of the High Court; Modupeh Taylor-Pearce Jr. – proposed board member, Sierra Leone Investment and Export Promotion Agency (SLIEPA); Dr. Victor Massaquoi – proposed board member, Sierra Leone Broadcasting Cooperation (SLBC); Mariatu Bangura – proposed board member, National Social Security and Insurance Trust (NASSIT), representing the Ministry of Social Welfare; Dr. Patrick Tarawally – proposed board member, Sierra Leone Broadcasting Cooperation (SLBC); Crispin David B. Grey – proposed board member, Sierra Leone Water Company; Joseph Sunday Sinnah – proposed board member, National Commission for Children; and Mohamed Koroma – proposed board member, Sierra Leone Broadcasting Cooperation (SLBC).

While responding to questions posed by Hon. Komba Koedoyoma on how he perceives the justice system in the country, in view of the clog of cases in courts, Mr. Abdulai Fofanah said the justice sector needs overhauling.

He blamed the clog of undecided cases partly on lawyers who fail to appear for their clients, thus leaving judges and magistrates to adjourn, as well as the failure of witnesses to appear because they are not paid or given stipends, although some travel from afar, unlike in advanced countries.

The committee is due to present its report to the House, and if all nine members are endorsed, they will then swear their respective oath of office and subsequently resume duty.

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