Liberia: Mandingo Group Hails Pres. Weah for Judge Kaba’s Nomination as Associate Justice

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MONROVIA – A Mandingo and Muslim dominated group, Bengoma Liberia Incorporated, is commending President George Weah for nominating Judge Yusuf Kaba as Associate Justice.

The nomination comes in the wake of the recent impeachment of Associate Justice Kabineh Ja’neh by members of the Liberian Senate, which concurred with House of Representatives in the controversial impeachment trial.

Addressing a news conference Tuesday, April 2, the chairlady of the group, Madam Hawa Keita, termed the President’s decision as welcoming and timely.

Madam Keita asserted that the latest nomination demonstrates the President’s respect for the basic fundamental values of all religions and ethnic groups as guaranteed under the Constitution. 

According to her, the Muslim and Mandingo Communities followed religiously with sentiments, which characterized the impeachment proceeding of one of their own kinsmen, Justice Kabineh Ja’neh.

Something, she said some individuals attempted to divide the community thus spewing misinformation about Justice Ja’neh’s impeachment. 

“Some even falsely insinuated that the impeachment of Justice Ja’neh was an attempt on the part of President Weah to silence the Mandingo and Muslim Communities,” she further stated.

The Bengoma chairlady emphasized that while the community appreciates the immeasurable role played by Justice Ja’neh, they are also very pleased and appreciative of the President’s demonstration of religious and ethnic tolerance by nominating another Mandingo and a Muslim to replace Justice Ja’neh on the Supreme Court. 

“We are exceedingly grateful to His Excellency, President George Weah for his far-sightedness and religious tolerance by nominating Judge Yusuf Kaba as Associate Justice of the Honorable Supreme Court of Liberia,” she stated.

“Since President Weah’s ascendency to the Presidency, he promised to respect the basic fundamental values of all religions and ethnic groups as guaranteed under the Constitution, which we appreciate,” Madam Keita concluded. 

Also speaking, a member of the group, Kerkula Muka-Kamara noted that the community is very convinced that Judge Kaba is the perfect replacement and will prove himself worthy of this nomination if confirmed by the Senate. 

Muka-Kamara, who is also a former Montserrado County District 14 Representative candidate, boasted that Judge Kaba brings to the table requisite legal experiences given his long years of service in the Judiciary as he has served as an Associate Justice of the ECOWAS Court and has long years of service as a Circuit Court Judge. “The Muslim and Mandingo communities have explicit trust in his ability to deliver justice to the legal expectation of all Liberians,” he added.  

He pointed out that of all the years that Judge Kaba has served in these capacities, he has demonstrated high degree of integrity and professionalism throughout his legal profession. 

He thanked President Weah for demonstrating a true sense of leadership.

“We believe that he has made no mistake by choosing to nominate Judge Kaba to such a very sensitive position in our land,” he added.

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