Citizens of Nimba County have described as unconstitutional and political maneuvers attempts by the Lower House to impeach Associate Justice Kabineh J’aneh.
The citizens including cross sections of elders, women and youth said attempts to impeach Associate Kabineh J’aneh; a son of Nimba does not promote reconciliation and national unification.
In a statement Thursday, the citizens called on President George Weah to spearhead what they called the promotion of inclusive political participation of all Liberians 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.
The statement also called on the Speaker and members of the House of Representative to desist, abstain and withdraw from the course of action as it does not promote peace.
They said the attempt to impeach the Associate Justice Kabineh J’aneh is distracting them from the path of nation-building under the pro-poor agenda.
The Nimba Citizens’ statement said the county is deeply troubled and saddened by the actions of some members of the House of Representatives who are maneuvering to impeach Associate Justice Kabineh J’aneh, a prominent son of the land whose invaluable services on the Supreme Court Bench helped ushered in a peaceful political democratic transition in Liberia.
“We are profoundly saddened by actions of some members of the House of Representatives, who are sowing seeds of political confusion and national disunity by maneuvering to impeach Associate Justice Kabineh J’aneh, a prominent son of Nimba County, whose invaluable services on the Supreme Court Bench helped ushered peaceful political democratic transition in Liberia. In view of the negative press, we Liberians suffer nationally and internationally, the independence of the Judiciary should be a cause for celebration and not a cause for him being haunted”, the Nimba Citizens’ statement said.
They want other Liberians to join them in appealing to President George Weah to stop the process.
The statement comes 24 hours after the House of Representatives ignored a Supreme Court writ of prohibition on the impeachment proceedings of Associate Justice Kabineh J’aneh.
What was expected to be a reconciliation hearing between the Supreme Court and lawmakers from the Lower House about a decision to impeach Associate Justice Kabineh Ja’neh on yesterday, August 22, turned confrontational when the lawmakers wrote the High Court to “vacate the purported stay order and avoid embarrassment.”