Let’s be law abiding citizens

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

The constitution is the supreme law of the land and any law that is parallel to our constitution should be considered null and void.

The supremacy of the law simply means that it is the law is supreme and not the man. This implies that everybody is under the law including the president of The Gambia. This means that the president can sue and he can be sued too.

Justice Kumba Sillah-Camara of High Court in Banjul was right when she cautioned relatives of the alleged victims of 9 NIA trial to be law abiding after allegations that they keep booing accused persons and call them killers.

The rule of law should be upheld and that we have to understand that no one should make anybody guilty until he or she is proven guilt by an independent court like ours.

Under normal circumstances, the rule of law is the principle that no one is above the law and treated equally among citizens. Laws are made to maintain law and order in our society and provide a harmony environment for the sake of progression of people.

 This means that everyone is equal and not based on classes if they break the law. Everyone will be charged equally to the same law and be subject to the same law courts. Governments and citizens will obey the same law and no specialty will be given to anyone.

Using abusing language, intimidating and throwing stones at the accused persons whilst they are being escorted is a bad act and cannot be accepted. No one has the right to do such as this is act of violating the law in itself. In as much as atrocities have been committed in Jammeh’s regime, it is the court that has the absolute right to declare someone as either guilty or innocent.

Justice Camara did a valuable service when she warned that nobody is allowed to intimidate any suspect whilst the matter is still before the court. She added that the law is meant to protect everyone, it’s a sign of uphold the rule of law.

As dictates by the rule of law, she further said it is unlawful for anyone to decide at the beginning of a trial who is guilty or not, adding that it is the court that decides who is guilty at the end of a trial.

Journalist reporting about court matters is only meant to ensure that there is fair trial for both parties. The judiciary is one of the three branches of government. Therefore, coverage of the courts fulfills part of the watchdog function of the media. Also journalist cover courts because there is a great deal of public interest in what the courts do, particularly in criminal cases.

Coverage of criminal justice can serve a cathartic purpose for the public in demonstrating that justice is served and criminals are punished, according to Journalist’s Resource.

“In order for the Constitution to work, you have to have law-abiding people. You have to have people willing to obey the Constitution, willing to follow the law.”

Rush Limbaugh