-As Justice Wolokollie To Decide Their Faith
By R Joyclyn Wea
Associate Justice in chamber Jamesetta Wolokollie has promise to get back to counsels representing both parties in the tenure crisis (Government and Isaac Jackson) in the current complain before her.
Associate Justice Wolokollie decision comes following a conference held with government’s counsel and that of lawyers representing the legal interest of Isaac Jackson Liberia’s Representative to the International Maritime Organization (IMO) based in London, the United Kingdom.
But, it seems from all indications that both the Weah’s government and Isaac Jackson might end up before the full bench of the Supreme Court at the Temple Of Justice on Capitol Hill in Monrovia.
Recently, government recalled Jackson as representative of the Liberian Maritime Authority (LMA) to London replacing him with Moses Owen Browne, something which he (Jackson) is contesting and had taken government to the high court as mean of seeking redress.
Government argument is that Isaac Jackson is not equivalent for the deputy commissioner and therefore does not serve a tenure position.
Speaking with Judicial Reporters after the conference, Cllr. Arthur Johnson said they have shown that Isaac Jackson is equivalent to deputy commissioner of the LMA on grounds that he (Jackson) was appointed by the president of Liberia.
Cllr. Johnson claimed that there is nowhere in the LMA Act where someone who is not a deputy commissioner will be appointed by the President of Liberia.
He further bewailed “so by historic precedent of appointment to that position, and the organic gran of the LMA speaks to the fact the Jackson is at an equivalent rank of deputy commissioner and that he is a permanent representative.”
To this, government counsel rejected and argued that because such is not spelled out in the Act as permanent Representative Commissioner meaning that Jackson is not a commissioner.
Cllr. Johnson indicated that Jackson is a deputy commissioner and have tenure of five years, and also have a visa for five years.
He further that indeed organizational chat has placed Jackson at the top of all other deputy commissioners that report directly to the commissioner of the Liberian Maritime Authority.
He emphasized that anybody who is below the deputy commission cannot be appointed by the president of Liberia.
Accordingly, government counsel through Justice Minister Frank Musa Dean when asked by judicial reporters said they as government stand where they stand based on the last writ issue by Associate Justice Jamesetta Wolokollie that everybody returned to status quo.
According to him, Justice Wolokollie would decide whether or not they will go before the full bench.