Chief Justice Defends Judiciary
By Lewis K. Glay
Cllr. Cooper in an interview with The FORUM at his Temple Justice office
recently revealed that the Judiciary was taken aback that UNMIL has lonely
begun implementing the agreement without their input.
He said instead of the Public Works Ministry, which is the technical arm of government being involved to provide blueprint, UNMIL drew its own plan for the counties.
Cllr. Cooper said lawyers are not construction workers but they, through consultation with the Public Works Ministry can decide the kind of renovation work to be done, indicating that UNMIL alone cannot determine the type of reconstruction work that is appropriate for the Judiciary in Gbarnga, Sanniquellie Buchanan, Cestos, Harper and other places
According to him, the blueprint submitted to his office by UNMIL for the various counties do not represent the anticipation of the Judiciary lest to mention the work now being done by the commission’s contractors.
The Chief Justice noted that currently, they have engaged UNMIL to revisit the tripartite agreement in order to ensure that the Ministry of Public Works becomes the implementer and supervisor of the Quick Impact Project (QIP).
Also reacting to allegation that he requested 20 percent from contractors for the renovation work, acting Court Administrator, Cllr. Peter W. Gbenewelleh said he does not even know the UNMIL hired contractors lest to mention about “kickball”. He said such allegation against him was only meant to tarnish his reputation adding, “This is untrue”. Cllr. Gbenewelleh challenged anyone to prove such allegation because according to him, the Judiciary is a clearing house and does not encourage corruption.