By: Christian Conteh
Legal luminary M. Robertson Roberts has described attacks on Justice Ministry’s Counsel Tar as worrying and absolutely heart wrenching, noting that Tar is one of the most hardworking and astute workers in the Justice Ministry.
“For anyone who has been following me closely, one can tell that am not a big fan of the Ministry of Justice of The Gambia. My reasons will be a topic for another day.
It is deeply worrying and absolutely heart wrenching to see the xenophobic crusade being meted against one of the most hard-working and astute staffers of the Ministry of Justice in the person and name of Counsel Tar,” he said.
Roberts in his opinion piece further noted that Tar has worked diligently for over 10 years at the Ministry of Justice and has through perseverance and hard work climbed through the ranks.
“It is common knowledge that this is a gentleman that has worked under at least 5 different Attorney Generals at the Attorney Generals Chambers and Ministry of Justice and all of whom are Gambians but have unanimously recognized the diligence, brilliance, hard work and professionalism of Counsel Tar.”
He pointed out that the relentless attacks on the person of this gentleman are disgraceful and xenophobic in nature and must not be condoned by any Gambian with a conscience.
“Ironically, Gambians are being promoted and thriving in other countries and are being judged and assessed by the content of their character and or brains and not by their nationality or country of origin. It is disgusting and near disgraceful that Gambians will wage a war against any hardworking and bright young person where they themselves are lazy, incompetent and mediocre in their professional delivery and exhibit very bad work ethics,” he emphasised.
He further opined that someone like Counsel Tar should be celebrated for contributing a whole lot to the Justice delivery system of The Gambia and calls for people like this to be granted citizenship rather than those ‘undeserving near- useless Ambassadors -at -large carrying our diplomatic passports to engage in dark and fraudulent activities of astronomical proportions,’ he said.
“It will not surprise me and am sure many others that Mr. Tar is being fought by the very same colleagues he shares office with. People he may think are his friends because that’s what most Gambians do; engage in wicked and evil attacks against those that outshine them and those they know are more competent than they themselves. We are indeed a pathetic lot.”
He further noted that the Gambian passport, be it regular or diplomatic, is being granted to foreigners who are big ‘sereigns/marabous’ who add absolutely no iota of good to the country’s progress and development.
He revealed that he has come across non- Gambians who have never set foot on Gambian soil showing the Gambian passports at immigration desks in foreign countries. That he said should be the crusade the people should engage in.
“If there is a war to wage and a crusade to fight it should be against unscrupulous individuals within our Justice delivery system who take it upon their selves to falsify and lie when writing legal opinions to state things that are not factual nor backed by evidence. War should be waged on those ill-intentioned officials within our Justice delivery system who use and hide behind the loopholes of our Justice system to suppress and screw the lives of our brothers and sisters because they have no voice. An example would be the prolonged adjournment and continued detention in remand of Bob Keita. Where is the anger and crusade of such seemingly glaringly obvious injustice being carried out before our very eyes?” he asked.
As Africans, speaking about a United Africa Roberts Esq thinks it is preposterous that in 2022 an African brother can be attacked by virtue of his nationality when our collective conversations should be premised on a united and borderless Africa. The Gambia’s jurisprudence he maintained would have been but scanty and extinct if it were not for the huge contribution and sweat of foreign judges.
“They must be applauded and given the due respect deserving of their enormous input into our country’s justice system.”
He ends by imploring ‘What’s on Gambia’, to dig deeper and scrutinize its sources promising them that they may realize that this ill-occasioned crusade against Mr Tar is being driven by lazy, incompetent and jealous colleagues within the legal fraternity in The Gambia.
Disclaimer by M. Robertson Roberts Esq.: Counsel Tar and I have never spoken nor do I have any relationship whatsoever with him. In fact, I may never meet him in this lifetime.