Monrovia, Liberia- The Senior Senator of Nimba County, Senator Prince Y. Johnson, has condemned the current impeachment trial of Justice Kabineh Ja’neh, terming the ongoing impeachment process unconstitutional.
Speaking to journalists over the weekend, Senator Johnson said, Justice Ja’neh should have received due process before impeachment by the House of Representatives, which was not done.
“Kabineh was not given due process by the lower House before he was impeached. The constitution says, impeachment proceeding starts from the lower house. The lower House prepares the bill of impeachment and send it to the Senate. Once the Senate receives the bill, both the Lower House and the Senate are supposed to come together and prepare rules of impeachment to guide the process, which was not done,” said Senator Johnson.
Senator Johnson speaking further said, after the rules of impeachment is done by both Houses, the House of Representatives was supposed to issue a subpoena for Justice Ja’neh to appear before it to answer to charges stipulated in the impeachment bill, something he said was not also done.
The condemnation of the impeachment process by Senator Johnson has raised eyebrows in Liberian political circles since Senator Johnson is known to be an ardent supporter of the CDC-led government and President George Weah who critics believe, are behind the impeachment of Justice Ja’neh.
Justice Ja’neh, like Senator Prince Johnson, hails from Nimba County, and the Nimba County Legislative Caucus is said to be totally against the impeachment of Justice Ja’neh. During the impeachment proceedings in the House of Representatives, members of the Nimba Legislative Caucus of that body walked out of session in protest of the process.
The Nimba County Senior Senator statement is seen as a victory sign for Justice Ja’neh as Senator Johnson is one of the most influential Senators in the Liberian Senate and very popular in his home county of Nimba.