The House of Representatives on Tuesday, August 28, 2018 passed the landmark Bill seeking to impeach Associate Justice Kabineh Ja’neh pending onward submission to the Senate.
The Lower House voted 23 for, one against and one in abstention to pass the bill of impeachment against Associate Justice Ja’neh during their regular sitting.
According to the Bill of impeachment drawn up by an Ad-hoc committee, Justice Ja’neh among other things is to be suspended from his job but giving all benefits and salaries pending the duration of the proceedings.
The Bill will now be sent to the Senate for the conduct of impeachment proceedings as provided for by the constitution of the Republic of Liberia with the Chief Justice presiding.
Reading the Bill of Impeachment, the Chief Clerk of the House of Representatives, Mildred Sayon said the House of Representatives has ordered the chief clerk to submit the resolution accompanied by the impeachment report to the Honorable Liberian Senate for the trial of Associate Justice Kabineh Ja’neh for ultimate removal from the office of the Supreme Court.
According to the chief clerk, His Honor Associate Justice Kabineh Ja’neh will receive salaries and benefits allotted to the office of the Associate Justice of the Supreme Court during the proceeding of impeachment by the Liberian senate, Justice Ja’neh.
Following the reading by the Chief Clerk, a motion was called by House Speaker Dr. Bholfal Chambers. Representative Francis Dopoh of Margibi Counrty raised the motion to accept the bill of impeachment and action be taken.
But Nimba county district #6 Rep. Dorwohn Twain Gleekia called for amendment in Rep Francis Dopoh of Margibi Country district #3 motion by having a head counts for the record since it was a critical decision rather than voice vote but was rejected by the maven, Rep. Francis Dopoh causing all nine Nimba County Representatives joined by several other lawmakers to walk out of session before the votes were taken.
“We are walking out because the process is not consistent with our law “Rep Dorwohn Twain Gleekia”
“The rules have been ignored, I am not pleased, I am going because they denied our rights” other lawmakers said.
“The tendencies of democracy is not practiced, such a national issue that bordered on national security and national cohesion should have been done in such way for the Liberian people to know how each lawmakers of the house voted” Nimba County Rep. Larry Younquoi said.
By Ida Reeves