…by acquitting Justice Ja’neh in impeachment trial
Liberia’s Chief Imam Ali Krayee has challenged the Liberian Senate to redeem the image of the Legislature by either dismissing or acquitting Associate Justice Kabineh M. Ja’neh in the impeachment trial against and prove wrong the perception of Liberians, that the Legislature is “absolutely useless.”
The National Chief Imam also admonished the Senate, which is serving as the jury in the ongoing impeachment trial of Justice Ja’neh, to either raise the image of Liberia on the world stage as an admirable and respectable nation or confirm the perception in many quarters that the country is a tragic comedy theater of West Africa.
At a press conference on Monday, February 25, at the Liberia Islamic Unity Foundation High School in Congo town, in the presence of Secretary General Mohammed Konneh and some members of the National Imam Council of Liberia, Imam Krayee argued that in reality, it is the Senate that is on trial instead of Justice Ja’neh.
“Ladies and gentlemen, some may think that Justice Ja’neh is on trial. Yes, so it does appear. In reality, however, today, it is the Honorable Liberian Senate that is on trial. This Senate, which has so far been the home of some of our nation’s respected and experienced citizens, is today being put to the test. Today, they can prove to Liberia and the world that the 54th Legislature stands as the backbone of our guidance structure,” Imam Krayee said.
“They can also confirm the view held my many that this is an absolutely useless entity which only serves as a burden on our small and struggling economy. But beyond that, the Honorable men and women of this Senate are in the position to rise the image of Liberia on the world stage as an admirable and respectable nation or confirm the perception in many quarters that our dear country is the tragic comedy theater of West Africa.”
Be Not Deceived
However, the Islamic prelate, in his cautioning message to the Senate, quoted Galatians 6:7, “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.”
The Imam wondered whether Liberians would continue to make mockery of God or, after some of the most devastating conflicts of recent human history, Liberians would be prepared to begin the process of getting it right with the Creator.
“How can a people who believe that the establishment of war and economic crimes courts is not a priority, using the need for national healing and reconciliation as primary reason, be the sme people engaged in a process of impeachment of a Supreme Court Judge on similar charges?” Imam Krayee wondered.
“How is it possible for a people who find it difficult to hold by-elections within constitutional time limits due to financial constraints be the same people wasting much needed resources and time to presecute one man whose only crime could be that, in critical times, he refuses to fall in line?”
Constitutional Right to Protest
Meanwhile, relating to the peaceful protest which will be staged on Thursday February 28, 2019 at the grounds of the Capitol Building to be organized by the Coalition of Islamic Organizations, the Chief Imam said he would neither discourage nor encourage anybody, because it is their constitutional right.
The Thursday’s protest, dubbed “Operation Save the Judiciary’ is intends to halt the impeachment proceedings against Justice Kabineh Ja’neh.
The protest of the Coalition of Islamic Organizations buttresses the already announced protest by the Economic Freedom Fighters of Liberia (EFFL) on the same day against the impeachment trial.
It may be recalled, the House of Representatives through a two-thirds majority (at least 49 Representatives) in a bill of impeachment, impeached Justice Ja’neh for allegedly overstepping his powers and using the laws to the detriment of ordinary citizens including the late Austin Clark and Annie Y. Constance.
The Senate, according to the constitution, is serving as jury of the impeachment trial, while the Chief Justice is serving as the Judge.