Sinoe Country Senator Jaye Milton Teahjay is upset about the appointment of Cllr. Joseph Nagba as Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of Liberia, disclosing that he had warned President George Manneh Weah against making the appointment, but the President did not listen.
Teahjay narrates that he met President Weah face to face and warned him not to appoint Cllr. Nagbe, because he “does not have clean hands”, noting that such individual should not serve on the bench of the Supreme Court of Liberia.
“I warned Weah not to nominate Nagbe, as doing so would destroy the Supreme Court and what I said is coming to pass, considering what went wrong during the by-election in Sinoe,” Teahjay laments.
Prior to his appointment by the President. Cllr. Nagbe served as Senator for Sinoe County.
A former Superintendent of Sinoe Ciunty, Sentor Teahjay expressed his frustration recently in Monrovia, while serving as Chief Fund Raiser and Installing Officer of officials-elect of the Juarzon United Citizens Association (JUCA), one of six (6) sections of the Sarpo-speaking vernacular from the county.
Those inducted for two years include, Samuel Polaty Poson, Chairman; G. Alex Blaloh, Co-Chairman; Siaffa Saywon, Secretary General; Thomas Barjuloh, Treasurer and Doris Quiah, Financial Secretary, respectively.
Sarpo and Kru are the dominant tribes of Sinoe County, while Juarzon is the second oldest district next to Careyburg in Montserrado County to have gained statutory district status during the administration of slain President Dr. William Richard Tolbert, Jr. in 1972.
Joseph Slewro was the first Representative of Juarzon, having won the seat in 1976 during the Tolbert regime. Both Slewro and Tolbert died in the aftermath of the bloody military coup of 1980.
However, Teahjay, who was reared in Juarzon, donated L$30,000.00 as his initial contribution towards any developmental programme undertaking by JUCA in the district.
He stresses that judges in Liberia should stay away from politics, and Cllr. Nagbe is not exempted as he was allegedly seen campaigning for a senatorial candidate during the recently held by-election in Sinoe County.The New Dawn has not independently verified Senator Teahjay’s claim.
But he continued: “How can a Judge who was seen campaigning, preside over electoral matter at the Supreme Court level; but let it be known, we will end-it-up at ECOWAS Court in Abuja, Nigeria.”Senator Teahjay further explains that former senatorial candidates Romeo Quiah and Othello Nagbe both of the United People’s Party (UPP) and the Coalition for Liberia Progress (CLP) respectively, were stabbed in the back by their own people who feel, if it is not them, then nobody should be.
“Before the onset of the by-election campaign, I made myself cleared as to who I was supporting and that was Othello Nagbe, because he’s been working with me for some time now; likewise Romeo, who was my deputy when I was Superintendent in Sinoe”, he reveals.
Cllr. Joseph Nagbe, a former Senator of Sinoe, replaced retired Justice Philip Z.A Banks, who reached retirement age 70 in August, 2017 but formally exited the Supreme Court bench in October, 2018.
By Throble Kaffa Suah, Freelance Journalist–Editing by Jonathan Browne