Justice Ja’neh Fate Hangs

A top official of the Ruling Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) has disclosed plans for the impeachment of one of the Associate Justices of the Supreme Court of Liberia.

The Vice Chairman for Political Affairs of the Ruling CDC who is also Motserrado County District # 8 Representative in the Legislature, Acarous Moses Gray, has confirmed that a bill of impeachment will be introduced Tuesday, July 10, 2018 at the House of Representative plenary against Associate Justice Kabineh M. Ja’neh for “Breach of Moral Trust.”

Addressing a Press Conference over the Weekend in Monrovia, Rep. Gray indicated that there have been several complaints against Supreme Court Associate Justice Ja’neh.

According to Rep. Gray, the Associate Justice will be impeached based on “Doctrine of Moral Integrity”.

Asked about the most recent complaint against the Associate Justice, Rep. Gray who is also the Acting Chairman of the House’s Committee on Executive asserted that “The complaints will be cataloged in the bill of impeachment that will be shortly introduced” at the House of Representatives.

“We have been holding consultations with several of our colleagues to have a bill of impeachment against Justice Kabineh M. Ja’neh because of series of indictments,” Gray told the news conference.

According to the Montserrado County Lawmaker, the group of Lawmakers that is sponsoring the impeachment process will lobby with their colleagues both in the House of Representatives and the House of Senate to remove the Associate Justice for “Breach of the Public Trust.”
Though Rep. Gray did not pinpoint a specific complaint brought against Justice Ja’neh, he noted that the Associate Justice is on record for “lacking the trust of the public.”

“We are putting all the complaints together, I believe we will succeed, because this borders on the integrity of the Judicial Branch of government,” he said.

It may be recalled that five of the 103 members of the Legislature, during the era of the 2017 Presidential and Legislative elections in the country submitted a petition for impeachment of three Associate Justices of the Supreme Court of Liberia including Kabineh Ja’ Neh, Jamesetta Howard-Wollokollie and Philips A.Z .Banks, III.

At the time, the five Legislators, in their petition, accused the three Associate Justices of the Supreme Court of violating their oaths of office by engaging in misconduct, gross breach of duty and exhibiting clear inability to perform the functions of their offices as Associate Justices.
The petitioners at the time included Senators H. Dan Morais, (NPP, Maryland County); Peter Coleman, (CDC, Grand Kru County); Jim Tornola (PUP, Margibi County); Representatives Numene Bartekwa, (MPC, Grand Kru County) and George Mulbah (NPP, Bong County).

The matter involving the impeachment of the three Associate Justices was later dropped based on the intervention of the Liberia Council of Churches (LCC) and other opinion leaders.

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