Gambian Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Dr. Mamadou Tangara, made the request during a bilateral meeting with his Zambian counterpart, Joseph Malanji.
The Gambian Minister said that the recommendation for Zambian judges was made by Gambian Chief Justice Hassan Bubacar Jallow who acclaimed Zambia’s caliber of judges.
The Minister said his government would formally write to the Zambia government on its request for judges and the need for enhanced development cooperation between the two countries.
He said Gambia has not had a university for the past thirty years and has had to rely on external expertise in many sectors including the judiciary.
’’ We are at a critical time in our history, where we are making judicial reforms, therefore this can’t be fully achieved without the help of partners like Zambia,’’ he said.
And responding to the request, Foreign Affairs Minister Joseph Malanji assured his Gambian counterpart that Zambia would consider the request by the Republic of Gambia.
He said once the formal request is made, it would be presented to the executive arm of government for consideration.
The Minister echoed the good relations between the two countries and reiterated the call for enhance development cooperation.
He said further Zambia’s judicial system was independent and devoid of any interference.
The Minister further disclosed that the judicial system was undergoing some judicial reforms meant to improve its efficiency.
‘’ No country is insulated from challenges, therefore the need to cooperate in key sectors such as the judiciary, health and education cannot be overemphasized. The cordial relations that exist between the two countries must be enhance for the benefit of the two countries, ‘’ he said.
Mrs. Inutu Mupango Mwanza
First Secretary- Press & Tourism
Embassy of the Republic of Zambia in Addis Ababa