Historic sitting for Supreme Court
MBABANE – The Chief Justice of Gambia, Emmanuel Akomaye Agim, was yesterday sworn in as a Judge of the Supreme Court of Swaziland.
Chief Justice Micheal Ramodibedi described Agim’s sitting, on the Supreme Court bench, as ‘history in the making.’
The Supreme Court sat for the first time in its first session yesterday. Justice Agim was sworn-in immediately before the Supreme Court sat for the roll call.
The roll call was before the full bench of the Supreme Court and was conducted by the Chief Justice, Michael Ramodibedi.
During the swearing-in ceremony, Agim was with all the other Judges of the Supreme Court; Justice Moore from Guyana, Justice Twum from Ghana, Justice Ebrahim from Zimbabwe, Justice Maphalala from Swaziland and Justice Ramodibedi, the Chief Justice of the Kingdom of Swaziland.
High Court Judge Mumcy Dlamini was present to wish Supreme Court Judge Agim well.
Also present was High Court Judge Nkululeko Hlophe, who also wished Agim well in the service of the Supreme Court of Swaziland.
Justice Agim took his oath of allegiance to his Majesty the King and to upholding the rule of law in the Kingdom of Swaziland.
There were also welcoming remarks by the country’s Chief Justice in honour of Justice Agim. "It is my honour to welcome to our permanent Supreme Court bench the current Chief Justice of the Republic of Gambia, His Lordship Professor Emmanuel Akomaye Agim," said the Chief Justice. Ramodebedi described it as historic since it was the first time two sitting Chief Justices sat on the same bench at the same time.
In his welcome speech, the Chief Justice noted that all six judges of the Supreme Court came from six different Commonwealth countries; Lesotho, Zimbabwe, Guyana, Ghana, Swaziland and Gambia.
"Furthermore, for the first time in the history of this country, and indeed in the history of our sister countries, Botswana and Lesotho, we have an all-black bench," Justice Ramodibedi added.