Oct 28, 2009, 5:39 PM
This paper has learned through judicial sources that last week witnessed a mass transfer of magistrates in the judiciary.
The affected magistrates are Hilary U. Abeke, Emmanual Nkea, Babucarr Secka and Kemo Ceesay.
It is understood that the acting Principal Magistrate at the Banjul Magistrates' Court, Hilary U. Abeke, has been moved to Kanifing Magistrates' Court with effect from Friday 24th September 2010.
Abeke until his move to Kanifing was also the presiding magistrate at the special narcotics court at the Banjul Magistrates' Court.
Confirming his move to Kanifing, Magistrate Abeke told this reporter in a brief chat yesterday at his office that his transfer took effect last Friday 24th September 2010.
"I will be the new chairman of the Kanifing Industrial Tribunal."
Asked how he feels about his transfer, Abeke said: "I feel very happy. I will make sure that I set the pace in the entire system at the Kanifing Magistrates' Court, and I will live up to expectations."
He further stated: "I am very excited to be at the Kanifing Magistrates' Court, aware that every government worker is subjected to rotation around the system."
He added that his expectations are that at the end of the day he will sit in all courts in The Gambia, to enable him have a taste of every part of the country, stressing that he will satisfy any society he is posted to, Kanifing being no exception.
Meanwhile, Magistrate Emmanuel Nkea of the Brikama Magistrates' Court has been moved to Banjul Magistrates' Court.
Magistrate Babucarr Secka and Kemo Ceesay, both magistrates at the Kanifing Magistrates' Court, have also been moved to the Brikama Magistrates' Court.