-Over Call Ja’neh Impeachment
By Reuben Sei Waylaun
Citizens of Nimba County say they are ‘deeply troubled over calls for the impeachment of one of their sons, Associate Justice Kabineh Mohammed Ja’neh from the Supreme Court’s Bench.
Recently a group of Representatives presented a petition to the plenary of the House of Representatives calling for the impeachment of Justice Kabineh M. Ja’neh. The petitioners, led by Representatives Moses Acarous Gray and Thomas P. Fallah accused Justice Ja’neh of proven misconduct, corruption, theft of property and gross abuse of power, among other charges.
“Honorable Speaker, fellow colleagues, we the petitioners plead with this honorable body to prepare an impeachment proceeding against Justice Ja’neh for gross abuse of power, corruption, proven misconduct, theft of property, among other charges. We seek your indulgence on this request for this body to prepare an impeachment proceeding against Justice Ja’neh,” the petitioners said in their petition to the House of Representatives.
Following such actions and looming constitutional issues, the elders, women, youth and other citizens of Ja’neh native Nimba County issued a statement over the weekend expressing their disappointment over the lawmakers’ decision.
The concerned citizens reaffirmed their unflinching support to the democratically elected government of President George Manneh Weah trusting that the government will promote peace, reconciliation, unity and integration under the rule of law, and ensure that the gains that have been made over the past decade in participatory democracy will continue to grow according to the expectations of the people and the international community.
They reminded the government of how the human and natural resources of Nimba have contributed immensely and continue to have significant impact on the political and socio-economic development of Liberia.
|However, the aggrieved citizens said they are ‘deeply troubled and profoundly saddened by actions of some members of the House of Representatives, who are sowing seeds of what they called ‘political confusion and national disunity’ by maneuvering to impeach Associate Justice Kabinah J’aneh, a prominent son of Nimba County.
According to them, Justice Ja’neh invaluable services on the Bench of the Supreme Court of Liberia has helped ushered peaceful political democratic transition in Liberia.
“In view of the negative press we Liberians suffer nationally and internationally, the independence of the court should be a cause for celebration and not a cause for him being haunted; and now therefore, we the elders, women, youth and citizens of Nimba, do hereby resolve and call on all Liberians to join the elders and citizens of Nimba in our clarion appeal to President George Weah to spearhead the promotion of inclusive political participation of all Liberians regardless of their ethnicity, political affiliation or religious belief; and to trumpet the message of peace, reconciliation and national unification to all parties as it is the primary basis for maintaining law and order and sustaining unity and democracy in Liberia; and The Speaker and those members of the House of Representatives, who are maneuvering to impeach Justice Kabinah J’aneh to desist, abstain, and withdraw from this course of action as it does not promote the peace, reconciliation, unity and solidarity that we desperately need to re-reconstruct and develop our country,” the group added.
“In view of all of the above, we call on all Liberians to join us in our appeal to the Speaker and all members of the House of Representatives, and to President George Manneh
Weah, to honor our appeal in the spirit of peace, reconciliation, unity, and solidarity in Liberia. We specifically appeal to the President, as head of state and coordinator of the three branches of our government, to use his good offices to persuade members of the House of Representatives to stop the process of impeachment of this illustrious son of Nimba.
“Recall and deplore our nation’s recent history of tribalism, sectionalism, hatred, political confusion, and lawlessness which culminated in civil war marked by genocide and untold human suffering; the ECOWAS peace initiatives leading to the Accra Comprehensive Peace Agreement and the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1509 all of which laid the foundation for a representative democracy in Liberia and eventually led to the democratic election of the Government of President Weah. Remain cognizant that Liberia is today a nation still in political and socio-economic transition; and all citizens are obligated to reconcile, build peace, unite, integrate and promote social cohesion amongst all Liberians in order to sustain our nascent democratic state,” the citizens reminded the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) government.