I applaud President Adama Barrow, commend and congratulate the 11 eminent members of the Constitutional Review Commission for drafting a new constitution for the Third Republic giving ourselves a truly people-driven constitution.
I believe that the nomination processes ought to be made more procedurally transparent to build more credence, acceptability and legitimacy for persons holding these positions. For example, there is no known criteria of nominating eminent constitutional scholars. I was expecting the process will take into consideration the quality of the persons in character and values and rest more emphasis on the academic qualifications. I was expecting to see counsel Lamin J. Darboe and Dr. Abu Jeng in the Constitutional Review Commission.
Senior Counsel Lamin J. Darboe JD, London, UK and Dr. Abou Jeng are two of the Gambia’s finest legal luminaries and constitutional scholars today without fear of exaggeration who upheld the values of constitutional law. Abou and Lamin have been prolific legal authors, work of both adjudication and scholarship. Abou and Lamin are courteous, courageous, consistent; articulate.
In need of an advocate of conscience? Call Lamin J. Darboe and Dr. Abou Jeng. The state has trampled on your human rights? Call Lamin J. Darboe. Looking for a walking encyclopedia on due process, the constitution and democracy? Call Lamin J. Darboe and Dr. Abou Jeng – even Chief Justice Hassan Jallow and Halifa Sallah will attest to this. They are by far, one of the Gambia’s finest – technetronic, telegenic; iconic. Now, now – away from the corridors of justice. Looking for a rational, national leader? Don’t look for Lamin and Abou. Of late, they have become microphonic, an ideologue for the “constitutional scholars “; a gramophone of a legal scholar’s syndrome. Is it because once bitten; twice shied. Abou Jeng and Lamin J. Darboe; one of the Gambia’s very best constitutional scholars: –
Dr Abou Jeng is a human rights lawyer and the director of the Centre for Research, Development, and Social Justice Advocacy (CreSpsa). He is the author of Peacebuilding in the African Union: Law, Philosophy and Practice (Cambridge University Press, 2012). His current research interests focus on constitutional governance, globalization and rule of law, conflict and peacebuilding, refugee law, transitional justice, postcolonial studies and third world approaches to international law.
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