Liberia: President Weah Loyalist Set For Seat on High Court

Monrovia, 09 Aug 2018: Nominated Associate Justice Senator Joseph Nagbe

Barely 24 hours following the aged retirement of Associate Justice Philip A.Z. Banks, III, from the 5-member Supreme court bench, Liberian President George M. Weah has nominated a partisan and loyalist, Cllr. Joseph Nagbe, to fill the vacancy at the West African country’s court.

Cllr. Nagbe is equally consecutive like septuagenarian Banks who has served in several top positions including Minister of Justice during the past three decades.

Outgoing Associate Justice Phillip A.Z. Banks

As dean of the country’s only law school, the Louis Arthur Grimes School of Law at state-run University of Liberia in 1983,  Cllr. Blanks served as advisor to the 59-member Constitutional Advisory Committee that watered down the draft national constitution according  to the wishes of dictator Samuel Doe before a referendum approved the document in July 1984.

At the time, Only officials of Doe’s military regime saw the draft before it was passed to the Edward Beyan Kesselly Advisory Committee.

The appointment of Cllr. Nagbe who has been senior senator of the sub division of Sinoe county in southeastern Liberia since 2006, is subject to Senate confirmation.

Nagbe’s exit from the legislative branch now creates two slots for by-elections after Montserrado district #13 Representative Saah Joseph was elected senator for the county on 31 July in a by-election characterized by unprecedented low voter turnout. 

President Weah and his Vice President had openly canvassed for the election of ruling party representative Joseph and his counterpart Josiah Melvin Cole in Bong county to fill vacancies left  at the Senate after Mr Weah and Madam Taylor were elected as President and Vice President respectively last year.

Ruling Party CDC Liberia

Joseph won but Cole lost heavily to former Internal Affairs minister, Dr. Henrique F. Tokpa, thus dimming the influence of Veep Jewel Howard Taylor in Bong County politics.

By Tepitapia Sannah in Monrovia

West African Journal Magazine