Special Statement by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf on the Impeachment Proceedings

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Monrovia — President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has expressed serious concern over recent attempts by some members of the House of Representatives to initiate impeachment proceedings against majority members of the Supreme Court because of judicial decisions made by the Supreme Court.  “This move is clearly in violation of Article 73 of the Constitution of Liberia,” she emphasized. Below is the full text of her remarks.

I am concerned about recent attempts by some members of the House of Representatives to initiate impeachment proceedings against majority members of the Supreme Court because of judicial decisions made by the Supreme Court.  This move is clearly in violation of Article 73 of the Constitution of Liberia.

The Executive Branch of Government is not prepared and will not support any unconstitutional maneuverings from any of the institutions of Government.  At this time, all branches should be working coordinately to ensure the peaceful elections and the smooth transfer of power.  In our system of Government, the Legislature is empowered to enact laws and the Supreme Court is mandated and authorized to interpret the laws.  The process in the House of Representatives tends to undermine the peace, threaten the elections process currently underway, and create confusion and chaos in our fledgling democracy.

I call on the members of the House of Representatives to abandon this course of action for the sake of peace and stability in Liberia.  The Executive Branch of Government will not support any action, which tends to undermine the Constitution and reverse the gains this country has made.

May God bless the works of our hands and save the Republic. 

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

PRESIDENT

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  1. The Legislative Branch of the Liberian Government makes the Liberian laws. The Judicial Branch of the Liberian Government interprets the Liberian laws. The Executive Branch of the Liberian Government executes the Liberian laws. All to each have equal powers. All to each have their own functions.. All to each serve the Liberian Government. All of which are mandated to serve the Liberian nation, by the Liberian people, for the Liberian people, and of the Liberian people. Under God and its people, we must be fair and free and opened, as we elect our next leader to serve this land of liberty in peace, prosperity, stability, with democratic principles, which will always, long be ours.
    May this Liberian nation live forever through votes and abstinence.
    Tell the People.
    Gone in silence.

  2. EJS should do some soul – searching on the early beginning of the CoC crisis which led law – abiding Hon Ngafuan to dutifully resign his position as Doyen of her Cabinet. Perhaps, he should sue the government for lost wages over tomfoolery, “tabatta”, and trivializing a law of the land

    Truth be told, responsive, responsible accountable leaders don’t encourage others to break laws, they propose changes. No one is above the law in Liberia, supposedly.

  3. Monrovia – Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has expressed serious concern over recent attempts by some members of the House of Representatives to initiate impeachment proceedings against majority members of the Supreme Court because of judicial decisions made by the Supreme Court. “This move is clearly in violation of Article 73 of the Constitution of Liberia,” she emphasized.

    According to an Executive Mansion release, President Sirleaf, in a special statement, said in light of unfolding impeachment proceedings. She said the Executive Branch of Government is not prepared and will not support any unconstitutional maneuverings from any of the institutions of Government. She said at this time, all branches should be working coordinately to ensure the peaceful elections and the smooth transfer of power. The Liberian leader noted that in our system of Government, the Legislature is empowered to enact laws and the Supreme Court is mandated and authorized to interpret the laws. President Sirleaf said the process in the House of Representatives tends to undermine the peace, threaten the elections process currently underway, and create confusion and chaos in our fledgling democracy. She then called on the members of the House of Representatives to abandon this course of action for the sake of peace and stability in Liberia. She concluding as saying “The Executive Branch of Government will not support any action, which tends to undermine the Constitution and reverse the gains this country has made.

    Therefore with reference to what the President has said, I Kubah, a Liberian say that the people of Grand Kru, Maryland and other Counties must have Peter Coleman, Dan Marias and others associated with this impeachment replaced during the next Senatorial election. I will like to ask Liberians in the diaspora to put their money where their mouth is. These people are anti-Liberia. I don’t know why the people of Grand Kru will elect somebody who doesn’t speak Kru. I wonder how Peter Coleman communicate with people in the villages who can’t speak English. Oh, I forgot, he’s from Bomi hills in Bomi County.

  4. The lower house seems to be on their own with this one . As the Senate has voted not to even repeal the Code of Conduct but to amend any provision that is in conflict with the law . With their vote , the Senate seems not to be interested with any legal fight with the Supreme Court . The President has already expressed her opposition . The hard headed lower house, will soon be feeling foolish in their respective districts . This is a good opportunity for their political opponents to use and pound on them for their silly efforts .

  5. Kubah, I think your urging Marylanders and Grand Kru to replace Senators Coleman and
    Dan Marais is complete out of place. Should they be replaced because they are doing
    their Legislative duties?

    President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf Special Statement on the impending impeachment is
    interference in the function of another Branch (Legislative) of Government. The function
    and discharge of each Branch of Government does not and should depend on the
    President’s concern. It is not the legislature that may be causing confusion and disruption
    of the peace in Liberia. It is the ill-advice for the passing of the Code of Conduct. It is
    the President who must listen to the call of either to suspend or repeal that Law- CoC.

    The Supreme Court too has been messing up the country Judicial system. It was wrong
    to place stay order on the impeachment because the action direct to the Supreme Court.

  6. Do not listen to her! Those lawmakers who are calling for the impeachment of those Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s stooges poluting the bench of the Supreme Court are real men and patriots! She imposed a law for her selfish interest. When she found out the law would not serve her diabolical interests, she asked her stooge and crony Amos Sawyer to say the law should be inapplicable for this election. When the public resisted Amos Sawyer’s foolishness, she turned to Nuquay the Speaker. When the House rejected Nuquay’s conspiracy with her, she turned to the Supreme Court to bring disgrace and disrepute to the Supreme Court for her personal interests. And now with the Supreme Court being “disgraced and dragged on the streets to be trashed”, she comes with her crocodile bull crap. Lawmakers, the people and the law together with the Constitution areon your side! Impeach those incompetent bastards!

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