Some Liberians here are expressing serious frustration over President George Manneh Weah’s decision to appoint Sinoe County Senator Cllr. Joseph Nagbe as Associates Justice of the Supreme Court of Liberia.
A number of Liberians say they are not happy about the president’s decision to appoint a sitting Senator on the Supreme Court Bench which will cause another senatorial by – election in Sinoe.
Those interviewed say these repeated by – elections will continue to put government into more expenses. Expressing his frustration in an interview with this paper Monday, 13 August in Logan Town, Mr. Emmanuel Jah said the appointment of Senator Nagbe will cause a serious setback to the country in terms of gathering resources to conduct another by-election.
“How will government continue to create space that will cost them to spend money when they are the same people crying around here that they inherited broken economy,” Mr. Jah wonders.
He claims that such appointment is not in the interest of the Liberia people, especially the people of Sinoe who are going to waste their time to vote. “This is not what we wanted to see,” Mr. Jah furthers.
According to him, the people of Liberia are tired of standing in long queue in the name of voting, saying what Liberians want now is for government to measures in place to reduce the economic hardship that continues to ruin the country.
“You cannot claim to inherit broken economy, and at the same [time] creating room for spending. I wonder where we’re heading as a country,” Jah concludes.
Also expressing her frustration, Ms. Miatta Wesseh says it is not financially and economically prudent for Liberia to be crying for money and at the same time engaging in spending the way it is doing.
“Don’t get me wrong, I’m one of the people that have strong confidence in the professional capability of Cllr. Joseph Nagbe to serve on the Supreme Court Bench and therefore, I really don’t want to oppose his appointment made by the President,” she clarifies.
“Our quest is avoiding another by-election. We think its wrong,” she notes.Cllr. Nagbe’s appointment on the Supreme Court Bench followed the retirement of former Associate Justice Philip A.Z. Banks early this month at the age of 70.
Retired Justice Banks’ exit from the high court bench is in observance of Article 72 (b) of Liberia’s 1986 Constitution requiring the retirement of the Chief Justice, Associate Justices and judges of courts of records at the age of 70.
By Lewis S. Teh–Edited by Winston W. Parley