Meet Neemat Abdullah Mohamed Khair, Africa’s fifth female Chief Justice
London, August 25, 2019 (AltAfrica)-In an historic event, Neemat Abdullah Mohamed Khair has been named first female Chief Justice of Sudan in a move seen by many analysts as unprecedented speed towards a new a new Sudan
By her appointment, Neemat Abdullah Mohamed Khair becomes Africa’s fifth female Chief Justices in African after Ghana’s Sophia Akuffo, Seychelles’ Mathilda Twomey, Ethiopia’s Ashenafi and Lesotho’s Nthomeng Majara.
Her appointment comes on the back of the swearing-in of Abdalla Hamdok as prime minister alongside a top general who is tasked to oversee a military-civilian council and a speedy return to a democratic Sudan
Very little is known about the latest addition to Africa’s rising profile but The report says she rose through the ranks in the judiciary until she became a Supreme Court judge and is considered one of the founders of the Sudanese Judges Club and is not politically affiliated to any party.
Neemat Abdullah Mohamed Khair joined the judiciary years in the early eighties and worked in the Court of Appeal and the Court of First Instance until she became a Supreme Court Judge
According to those close to her, she known for her competence, integrity and experience.
She has participated in the popular uprising and the sit-in outside the army headquarters in Khartoum against the former regime
Sudan has been marred by internal conflict and political crisis after the overthrow of long-serving leader, Omar al-Bashir in April. The takeover by the military regime saw constant street protests that birthed the Force for Freedom and Change.
Formed early this year during the 2018-19 Sudanese protests, The Force for Freedom and Change is a wide political coalition of civilian and rebel coalitions of Sudanese groups including; the Sudanese Professional Association, the Sudan Revolutionary Front, the National Consensus Forces and the Sudanese resistance committees.