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Senate To Set Impeachment Trial Date

By Jackson C. Clay, Jr.

The plenary of the Liberian Senate says it will shortly set the date and time for the impeachment proceedings in of Associate Justice Kabineh Ja’neh of the Supreme Court.

The plenary which is the highest decision-making body of the Liberian Senate made the disclosure Thursday, November 15, 2018 during its extra session following the presentation of the Bill of impeachment by managers from the House of Representatives.

“Dear managers kindly inform the Speaker and members of the House of Representatives that the plenary of the Liberian Senate shall take proper order on the subject of impeachment. Colleagues, in accordance with rule 63 of our rules, starting today the Senate will meet every day, except Saturday, Sunday and holidays to set the date for the commencement of the trial in the impeachment proceedings of Associate Justice Kabineh Ja’neh and it is hereby so order,” Senate Pro-Tempore, Albert Chie said.

Those managers from the House of Representatives are Representatives Kanio Wesso, chairman, Isaac Roland, Dixon Seboe, Rustolyn Dennis and Jeremiah Kung among others of Gbarpolu, Montserrado and Nimba Counties.

This followed the amendment of the Senate own standing rule of rule 63 which talks about the process of impeachment at the level of the Liberian Senate.

This is as a result of the plenary of the Liberian Senate unanimously voting for the passage of a resolution amending rule 63 of the senate own standing rules that deal with impeachment processes.

The committee’s report on the amendment of rule 63 of the Liberian Senate was as a result of a Bill of impeachment sent to that august body by the House of Representative calling for the impeachment of Associate Justice Ja’neh.

According to the report, the amendment of rule 63 of the Senate rule was intended to be in conformity of Article 43 of the 1986 constitution of the Republic of Liberia.

“The plenary of the Liberian Senate has received a proposal from the Senate leadership to amend Senate Standing rule 63 to bring some elements in conformity with the provision of the 1986 constitution of Liberia,” the resolution to amend rule 63 of the senate own rules stated.

There were twenty-one (21) Senators, who signed and voted in favor of the amended Senate rules while nine (9) refused to sign and vote out of which two were sick and two were distance.

Some of those who opposed the idea of the amended senate standing rule are Senators, Armah Jallah, Daniel Naatehn, Conmany Wesseh, Oscar Cooper and Nyonblee Lawrence of Gbarpolu, River Gee, Margibi and Grand Bassa Counties.

Those distance and sick are Senator Milton Teahjay, Henrique Tokpa, Geraldine Doe Sheriff and Edward Dagoseh of Sinoe, Bong, Montserrado and Grand Cape Mount Counties while the rest of the other senators are in favor of the amendment.

Meanwhile, some Senators including Milton Teahjay, Oscar Cooper and Daniel Naatehn have taken the plenary of the Liberian Senate to Court over the amendment of its rules.

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