Sen. Commany Wesseh: Legislature Is Treading On Wrong Path

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Monrovia, Liberia- Rivergee County Senator, Hon. Commany B. Wesseh, has blasted the lower house of the Liberian Legislature for the way in which impeachment proceedings against Supreme Court Justice, His Honor, Justice Kabineh Ja’neh is being carried out.

Speaking in Monrovia on Monday, Senator Wesseh said, the most important issues the legislature should concern itself with right now are the economic crisis in the country and the L$16 billion saga. He said, it took Liberia fifteen years to regain its respectability, and as such, those issues should be addressed rather than going after impeachment of a Supreme Court Justice.

Senator Wesseh said, everything about that impeachment proceeding carried out against Justice Ja’neh in the lower house was done contrary to article 43 of the Liberian legislature, therefore, no procedure exist.

“We are not respecting the constitution, so Article 63 containing rules on impeachment says, the Senate should not have standing rules on impeachment. The Senate does not have that power. The constitution says, the lower house should construct the rules; not the Senate,” Senator Wesseh said.

The Rivergee lawmaker said, the legislature in on an unconstitutional path, and that the impeachment process will not work.

In another development, Lofa County District 3 lawmaker, Hon. Clarence Massaquoi has termed the recent bill submitted by President George Weah to the legislature, aimed at ending tenure positions in government untimely. Rep. Massaquoi said, the most important thing right now is strengthening all integrity positions, rather than abolishing them.

Hon. Massaquoi said, with the end of Liberia’s civil war in 2003 and the subsequent waiver of the country’s huge debt, the international community recommended that the country establish integrity institutions. He said, one major variable that initiated the Liberian civil war was lack of accountability and corruption, therefore the international community recommended that Liberia build institutions to safeguard its democracy.

“Democracy is not a vacuum. Democracy has tenants; elections, accountability, transparency and credibility. Democracy is not a structure, it is a system”, the Lofa county lawmaker said.

He said, institutions such as the GAC, was put together to serve as proof to the world that Liberia has become a member of the committee of nations.  Hon. Massaquoi said, Article 83 gives the legislature the power to create structures, and the Executive does not create structures

“These institutions are the backbones of our democracy,” he concluded.