Justice Abdulai Charm “Takes Lawcourt” To Kambia … receives hero’s welcome

By Mohamed Konneh
The newly appointed Chief Justice of the Republic of Sierra Leone, Justice Abdulai Hamid Charm was on Friday 26th February received a warm hero’s welcome at his home town in the district of Kambia. Lawyers, Judges and some Law Court Officials were all present to grace the historic and special occasion. Justice Charm was appointed Chief Justice on 11th January 2016, replacing the Acting Justice Valesius Thomas, whose exit was as a result of superannuation, but still dandling in and around the court building in search of the job of supervisor for the Local and Magistrate Courts after losing the high profiled job of Head of the Seventh Day Adventist Mission in Liberia.

The newly appointed Chief Justice visited his home town over the weekend to meet with his people and also say thanks to President Koroma and the people for the position bestowed on him. The visit was one of funfair, merry making and jubilation. The visit brought together traditional leaders, district authorities, family and friends and well wishers.
Speaking at the jam-packed Court Barray in the Kambia district, Justice Abdulai Charm expressed his happiness for the appointment while thanking God Almighty

for the honour bestowed on him. He burst out “My parents did so much to bring me up; they nurtured me well to be where I am today. They inculcated into me discipline, hard work and to be honest in all that I do. My humility is what has earned me this position and I want to thank the president for the trust bestowed on me and the opportunity he has giving to me to serve the people of this Country” He said and went on,
“President Koroma has made me to be proud, my parents and the people of Kambia, which shows that hard work and sincerity pays,” he said.
“The people continue to cry for justice and this is what I will give to them though being a Chief Justice is not an easy job but by the grace of God and with your prayers I will be guided throughout my stay as Chief Justice” of Sierra Leone. He Promised.
Justice Charm said there are several things that need to be done to improve the judiciary, stating that they are now on the verge of recruiting more people into the sector. This he said was part of the reform package and admitted that the judiciary is short of staff and most districts do not have resident magistrates.
The learned justice recalled his days back as a practicing lawyer. “There was no money but because of the passion and love for the job we endured everything and were satisfied with the money. He confessed that he was amazed at the crowd that came out to welcome him and the people who accompanied him to his home town, among them are his colleagues in the profession. “I am very happy with this kind of support and I will always remain humble to serve you and the people of this country” He promised. He went on to say “I promise to give you justice on my appointment and by the Grace of God I will do my best because this is what the people are yearning for,” he said.
The Deputy Speaker of Parliament Hon. Chernor Bah in his statement called on the people of Kambia to be law abiding and not to be lawless because they now have the Chief Justice from their district. He said Kambia for the past years has received several appointments which show that the district is a good place where good people are coming from. Hon. Bah said the President continues to appoint young people because he has trust in them.
“Justice Charm is a fairly young man and with energy; he will continue to do his work with a very sound mind,” He assured the people and called on all young people to move away from violence and embrace the things that will develop their community and the country as a whole.
The Chairman, Kambia District Descendant Association Alimamy Petito Koroma in his statement said that the day was a historic one for the district. This is the first Chief Justice born and bred in the provincial area and first indigenous Chief Justice.
“Let us support him not because he is from Kambia but for the simple fact he is a Sierra Leonean and did his studies here in the country,” he said. The ceremony was witnessed by several activities ranging from cultural parade, traditional performance and lots more.

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