The Senate has announced that it will commence the impeachment trial proceedings against Kabineh M. Ja’neh, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court on Thursday, February 14, 2019, starting at 2:00 p.m. at the Capitol Building.
The Notice of Assignment signed by the secretary of the Senate, J. Nanborlor F. Singbeh, Sr. instructing the Sergeant-at-Arms indicates thus: “you are hereby commanded to notify the parties and or their legal counsels to appear before members of the Senate in the impeachment trial at its Chambers in the Capitol Building, Capitol Hill, Monrovia Liberia, on February 14, 2019, at the hour of 2:00 p.m. for the commencement of the trial…”
According to the notice, which was received and signed for by the legal Counsels for Mr. Ja’neh, and the managers of the House of Representatives, Ja’neh is to face the Senate for impeachment proceedings on Thursday.
The impeachment proceeding against Associate Justice Ja’neh was put on the floor at the House of Representatives by two Montserrado County lawmakers on August 28, 2018, for alleged “misconduct and gross breach of duty” in keeping with the constitutional power assigned to that body to prepare a bill of impeachment and forward same to the Senate for trial.
Accordingly, and in keeping with Article 43 of the Constitution of Liberia, the Senate has extended an invitation to the Chief Justice to preside over the trial proceedings.
In its Thursday, February 7, 2019 edition, a Daily Observer newspaper’s Legislative reporter quoted an authoritative Legislative source of disclosing that the impeachment trial of Justice Ja’neh was set for February 14, 2019.
Meanwhile, sources say although the impeachment trial of Justice appears to be well on course, there are suggestions that the Senate may not able to muster the vote required to impeach Justice J’aneh. Aside from Senators Oscar Cooper, Conmany Wesseh and Daniel Naatehn, who have openly expressed opposition to the threatened impeachment, there may very well be others who may harbor sentiments in favor of Justice J’aneh.
However, according to political analysts, the imperial character of the Liberian presidency has never since changed its dominance of the other two branches of government. Given this reality, according to analysts, it appears more likely than not that the Executive will have its usual sway and the Senate will vote against Justice J’aneh.