chief justice of The Gambia, Justice Hassa N B. Jallow has called on all
judicial officials to exhibit integrity in the dispensation of their work.
The Chief Justice Jallow made this call on Friday, 21 December 2018, at the valedictory ceremony held in honour of the late Justice Buba Jallow at the Law Courts Building, Independence Drive in Banjul.
The occasion was attended by secretary general and head of Civil Service, members of the judiciary, attorney general’s chambers, Gambia Bar Association, friends and the bereaved family members.
Chief Justice Jallow said the greatest quality of a judicial official is integrity and it does not matter whether one carry all the law books in the head, but what matter most is the integrity that one exhibit in the discharge of one’s work.
He stated that the worst judge is the one that lacks integrity, noting that everyone has testified to the fact that late Justice Buba Jawo has integrity and was an upright judge.
He disclosed that Justice Jawo devoted his entire life to the judiciary and he discharged his responsibility with the highest level of devotion, honesty, discipline, wisdom and integrity amongst others.
Chief Justice Jallow pointed out that Justice Jawo was quiet, humble and was a man of peace, noting that he carried out his responsibilities with humility.
He further pointed out that Justice Jawo served as Magistrate throughout the length and breadth of The Gambia without complaining.
The Chief justice said the late judge was quiet and has a good knowledge of the law despite his silence. He said he was also devoted to dispensing justice, adding that his life and character provided a good model worthy of emulation.
He said justice Jawo’s passing away has left a void in the judiciary and his family.
He prayed that Allah continue to guide his family and advised that all put their faith and trust in Allah.
In his short and emotional statement, the secretary general and head of Civil Service, Ebrima Camara described the late judge as a perfect gentleman whom he attended the same primary school with in Brikama, but said he was a year ahead of the late judge at the Brikama Primary School.
The SG said that the late judge demonstrated seriousness through his life.
Justice Amina Saho-Ceesay, described the late Buba Jawo as a man with colossal brain power who earned veneration and admiration from everyone in the judiciary.
She recounted her acquaintances with the late judge whilst they were at Fourah Bay in the Republic of Sierra-Leone before the war.
She noted that the late judge never allowed pressure of the moment to weigh him down or distract him from discharging his work.
Dr Henry D. Carrol in his statement on behalf of the attorney general and minister of Justice said the late judge was his senior at St Augustine’s Senior Secondary School.
Dr. Carrol who described him as gentleman par excellence, noted that he had contributed immensely to the growth and development of jurisprudence in The Gambia.
Dr. Carrol said his close interaction with him at the National Law Reporting Council availed him the opportunity to know him as a quiet man but speaks with perfect reasoning.
Barrister Rachel Y. Mendy, the president of The Gambia Bar Association, disclosed that the legal fraternity lost him when the legal profession in The Gambia was on its track of being the voice for the voiceless.
Judicial Secretary Landing M. Sanneh who chaired the occasion disclosed that the late Justice Buba Jawo was born on the 4th April, 1969 at Dewuru village near Brikama and attended Brikama Primary School from 1978 to 1983 and proceeded to St Augustine’s Senior Secondary School. He worked as a magistrate at the Brikama Magistrates’ Court as a clerk with Ousman Jammeh, thereafter proceeded to Sierra-Leone but his studies was interrupted by the civil war but later proceeded to Ghana and later returned to Sierra-Leone to do his bar.
He said Justice Jawo had served in all the region of the country while he was a magistrate.
Meanwhile, one Sutura Jallow, the late judge’s family member made a statement and he received a charity donation from the judiciary presented by Justice Mam Yassin Sey of the Supreme Court of The Gambia on behalf of the late judge’s family.