Hamat Bah critical of GBA following its president’s statement

Thursday, February 07, 2019

Hamat Bah, leader of the National Reconciliation Party (NRP) has been critical of the statement delivered by the president of The Gambia Bar Association (GBA), specifically on the resuscitation of a youth movement, saying he was disappointed.

“As an instrument within the judicial system, the Association will step up its contribution towards the country’s growth and development that will engender peace and national unity.  It is for this reason that we are opposed to the action taken recently to resuscitate the establishment of a youth movement based on a personal agenda,” Rachael Y. Mendy, the president of the Bar said at the opening event of the Legal Year 2019.

At his Monday’s press conference at National Reconciliation Party’s (NRP) bureau along Kairaba Avenue, Mr. Bah said that The Gambian Constitution has provision for freedom of association.

For Mr. Bah, The Gambia Bar Association as a body is expected to defend and protect the provisions of the supreme law of the land as judicial officers in service of Gambians in getting justice, instead of raising concerns over creating youth movements.

Bah called on The Gambia Bar Association to either desist from being partisan and defend the law or openly support a political party.

“Are they no longer defending the constitution?, we want answers from The Gambia Bar Association.”

“We want answers from them to tell the Gambian people whether they are partisan or they want to associate themselves from other political parties.” We expect them to be the body that would stand by the constitution as they did in 2016. “They should protect the rights of citizens and be ready to do what it takes, if not we will take appropriate measures in the court to seek for redress.”
Author: Njie Baldeh