Senator Oscar Cooper to Gov’t: ‘Prosecute PYJ, Others’

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Margibi County Senator Oscar Cooper.

For violating the Constitution in Ja’neh’s Impeachment Proceedings

Margibi County Senator Oscar Cooper said his colleague, Senator Prince Y. Johnson (PYJ) of Nimba County, as well as other senators, who reportedly received “credible information” about the purported plan ahead of the impeachment of former Associate Justice, Kabineh Ja’neh, but failed to testify during the impeachment proceedings, should be summoned by law and “prosecuted”, relative to their action.

Although Cooper did not detail how the prosecution of Sen. Johnson and other senators accused of receiving bribes to vote against former Justice Ja’neh should be conducted, and by whom, Sen. Cooper said PYJ and several other lawmakers from the House of Representatives and the House of Senate are “enemies of the country’s Constitution.”

“They should prosecute Senator Prince Johnson, because this is criminal in nature and we cannot let this thing die like this,” he said.

“I know that those of us who respect the Constitution are not many at the House of Senate, and even at the House of Representatives, but I know that one man can begin a war. Not being in majority as conscious minded people and respecters of our Constitution does not mean we will leave this thing alone.”

Although it is not clear whether any senator received money from any source to vote in favor of the impeachment of former Associate Justice Ja’neh, a day after the impeachment of Ja’neh, Senator Prince Johnson said that a big hand was behind the removal of Ja’neh from the Supreme Court Bench as Associate Justice.

Senator Oscar Cooper, on the other hand, said on Truth Breakfast Show on Monday, April 1, 2019, that in politics, “no campaign easily succeeds without the use of money.”

“I am still troubled by the realization that even though they were seven Senators, who signed a resolution and later joined by Senators PYJ and Thomas Grupee of Nimba County to deny the “anti-Justice Ja’neh group the decisive vote to impeach him; a majority vote was accumulated to give Ja’neh his marching orders.”

“If Senators Johnson and Grupee truly voted for Ja’neh, then how come the vote went against Ja’neh? We were nine Senators, who signed the resolution condemning the need to vote in the impeachment of Ja’neh, and I am not aware that any of my colleagues did not vote for Ja’neh,” he said as he rhetorically asked why the votes against Ja’neh were in majority.

Cooper said Senators Grupee and Johnson of Nimba County and Jonathan Kaipay of Grand Bassa County, assured the team of nine other Senators (a number to which he claimed to belong), the total number of votes in favor of Ja’neh should have been 12 rather than seven.

“If the result is to be taken serious, how did the two-thirds come about? We suspect that the one day the ballot box stayed with Senator Henry Yallah of Bong County, and Senate President Pro Tempore, Albert Chie, gave them the opportunity to conspire against the Constitution, which is the organic law of our country,” he alleged.

Meanwhile, the Margibi County Senator said there is chaos hanging over the country as it was in the late 1970s, 1980s as well as the 1990s, and the early 2000s when civil crises engulfed the country and led to the deaths of over 250,000 people.

“Because of the rampant injustice, and the complete breakdown of the rule of law in the country, the Constitution was rewritten or revised in 1986 so as to correct the many wrongs that led to the Coup d’etat in 1980,” Cooper said.

He said there were many upheavals in the country in 1980, and those terrible happenings led to the gruesome killings of President William R. Tolbert, the Chief Justice, the Senate President Pro Tempore, the Speaker, the Justice Minister who were among the 13 men shot to death by a firing squad.

He added that due to the lack of respect for the Constitution, incidents such as the 1983 Nimba raid under the rule of the then People’s Redemption Council (PRC), the fracas between Thomas Quiwonkpa and President Samuel Doe, and the 1985 failed coup in which Quiwonkpa was killed, “Liberia is at the stage it finds itself.”

He said if people do not have trust in any of the branches of government, then there is chaos and that making the Executive Branch or the president more powerful or imperial is crippling in the country’s young democracy.

Sen. Cooper promised that he and his colleagues will make sure there is a recount of the ballots cast in the impeachment trial of former Associate Justice Kabineh Ja’neh and, based on the findings from that exercise, he will prove the majority of the House of Senate wrong. Afterwards, then filed an appeal to overturn the impeachment decision will be filed at the level of the Supreme Court, Sen. Cooper maintained.

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  • David S. Menjor is a Liberian journalist whose work, mainly in the print media has given so much meaning to the world of balanced and credible mass communication. David is married and interestingly he is also knowledgeable in the area of education since he has received some primary teacher training from the Kakata Rural Teacher Training Institute (KRTTI). David, after leaving Radio Five, a broadcast media outlet, in 2016, he took on the challenge to venture into the print media affairs with the Dailly Observer Newspaper. Since then he has created his own enviable space. He is a student at the University of Liberia.

17 COMMENTS

  1. I agreed with Senator Cooper, for making the historical references that led to the destruction of our country. Hint to the wise is sufficient.

  2. There aren’t good health-care facilities in Liberia. Some wealthy individuals and possibly high class officials of government in Liberia are flocking to Ghana for medical treatment. Its a shame for the country of Liberia, Africa’s oldest Republic to be without good medical facilities. Senator Cooper’s call for investigating his fellow Senators for bribery is an issue. But the improvement of affordable health facilities in Liberia for all Liberians should take the highest priority on Senator Cooper’s agenda.

    • Ellen left 150 Million in the CBL Reserves, Weah has taken 120 Milion out already and hasn’t spent hardly a dime on healthcare and you are putting your mouth on Osacar Cooper?! What is really wrong with you?

  3. I suspect that nine (9) of senators that signed the resolution in favor Ja’neh left joined the rest of senators to vote against Ja’neh, the remaining seven should remember that this is election is not head account. your vote is your secret. the votes has been, nothing your can do about it. Hon. Cooper remembered that were elected on secret ballots, and others were promised to voted them and left them voted you. Can we cancelled your winning today or questions it?
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  4. Welcome back Opi,
    Although we’ve had disagreements, I have always felt that you’re a decent guy. I am surprised that you’re responding to me as “and you are putting your mouth on Oscar Cooper? What’s really wrong with you?” Opi, can we as Liberians conduct a good dialogue without being upset?

    I am normal. I am grateful because God walks with me.

    In my post, I acknowledged Cooper’s argument that bribery is an issue. In comparison, my view is that health care in Liberia takes a higher priority than the recent Kabineh Ja’neh impeachment case. So, if you disagree with my view, that’s understandable. Why are you being provocative? Come on Opi. Let’s not go that route. In America, Republicans and Democrats have different points of views as it relates to how this country should be governed. You and I and thousands of others can have different views. But we can be civil. Yes we can.

    Health-care in Liberia has been a problem for the longest. Every Liberian leader shares that blame. If EJS left millions of dollars in the Treasury of Liberia, it’s all good. Although EJS tried her level best, the healthcare situation in Liberia is not in a good shape. I know this very well because Liberians who are wealthier continue to go to Ghana and elsewhere to obtain a better treatment.

    Senator Coooer and his colleagues need to do something. Yes they can. If Senator Joe Glebo Brown of Maryland county had made a similar observation as Cooper did, I would have reminded him about our country’s medical situation.

    In the past, I have been critical at the fat checks and other lucrative perks that our lawmakers receive from the Treasury of the world’s 4th poorest country. The country’s senators are to be held to a higher standard. If any of them slips, I will respond. That’s exactly what I did to Sen. Cooper.

    • Opi is right, instead of adding what you perceive as “priority” for Liberia and simply advancing your counter argument, you ridiculed Sen. Cooper’s call for reciprocating the impeachment favor engineered by PYJ and others. And in case it skipped your pedantic mind, Mr. Smart Aleck, “impeachment” just happens to be what is trending now, as rationale for sen. Cooper’s assertion which makes perfect sense. While we agree health care ought to be priority with any national preoccupation, that designation or national focus rests squarely with the ones in the executive branch, those who set the agenda for the affairs of government, not senators. Perhaps you ought to acquaint yourself with that difference for future reference. Thank you.

  5. Messing with the Constitution is DANGEROUS. From Senator Oscar Cooper’s point, I agree with him 100%. Everything he listed in his comment were responsible for throwing us into the mess Liberia finds itself in. The phantom Coupes, Nimba Raid,tempering with the rule of law…and so on. This created ill will toward others Liberians, it built up over years….guess what, other Liberians thought nothing would have happened.
    Little did we know that those marginalized group will pick up arm.

    I m not against Senator PYJ, nor supporting him either, but I m only concern with what Senator Cooper concern is. I do not know for what reason Mr. Janneh was impeached. My comment is to highlight what he (Senator Copper) just outlined.

    I was not in government at the time, neither was I a grown up, but as I grew up, I heard it and read about some.

    Fellow Liberians, let’s respect the rule of law.
    From Bah….in Monrovia 231770403485.

  6. Few observations:
    1. I did not attack Cooper. I expressed an idea. Cooper has a God-given right as a politician to call the shots as he pleases. However, for that very reason, Cooper cannot escape criticism. As a man who stands in the epicenter of politics, he is vulnerable to verbal attacks. May God protect him from all physical attacks!

    2. The suggestion that health care should be a top agenda item was carefully made. Liberians who are economically well off constantly go to Ghana, the US, India and elsewhere for medical treatment. It’s about time that someone (possibly a politician like Cooper) had stressed the issue of healthcare for the poor, Matthew chapter 25. If I were Cooper’s constituent, I’d tell him that “making health care a top priority” is a talking point for his re-election bid. No one talks about the importance of health care. Health-care is a better political issue to be introduced in the chambers of the Lower House than the topic of bribery. Now, I am saying that bribery isn’t an important topic. Of course, if Cooper were to adopt my suggestion, he would be in a better position to out maneuver any of his opponents into orbit. For sure Cooper will have challengers.

    3. The issue of healthcare is unquestionably momentous. It is not an issue that exclusively rests with the Executive branch of government. If you will recall, the issue of Affordable Health Care was a hot topic in Obama’s government early on. Nancy Pelosi was one of the architects of affordable health care. She was and is a member of the Legislature. She lost her Speakership in subsequent elections because the Republicans poisoned the minds of the Americans. But during the 2018 midterm elections, the tide boomeranged. Nancy Pelosi who fought hard for the “have-nots” in terms of healthcare, has regained her Speakership. The point to be underscored is that unit cohesion in political circles becomes efficacious if the Executive and Legislative branches of government pull together. Cooper can do this. I am not sending the gentleman to the dungeon.

    4. Strangely, some critics are perennial haters of some politicians. For instance, some critics of Weah will never give him an ounce of a credit. Never! But, I am unlike most people (thanks be to God) because I am not a contrarian. I have good scruples. Realistically, I wasn’t attacking Cooper. Opi and I go through the rough and tumble all the time. I am convinced that Opi is pleased with my explanation. I was taken aback because of his paroxysm. Said he, ” and you’re putting your mouth on Oscar Cooper”? I am sure there’s a better way in which Opi could have expressed himself.

    5. For once, there’s an agreement that health care is very important. Let’s debate this issue in a way that’s civil and productive.

    • As if repeating the same myopic view over and over will make any difference? Opi still wins this debate by the way no matter the number spins. Once again, it behooves your benefactors the audacity to adapt healthcare as a priority in their “pro-poor” inventory, than any senator would. Basically senators play “advice and consent” roles about these national policy issues, and not the originators. So why not turn your cap around to align brain with reality in that regard, than wasting our time with this tautology.

    • And for any human being to believe his/her version of a debate represents the “facts,” is the height of derangement. Madness. Lunacy. Such haughtiness!

  7. Healthcare is important?? Of course it is. But
    how many Liberian do study the sciences? How many Liberian doctors do we have since 1970?. Do you encourage young people to the sciences? Are Liberian capable of doing the sciences?
    The sciences/engineering are the only ways to better economy. Check the small nations that are on the world market?
    Nobody will give better prices for our resources (rubber, iron, etc) if we didn’t enhance them to higher qualities?
    In fact there is a general notion from that Book is not important?
    God bless us from our ignorance and lack of knowledge.

    • There you go again, “Peter, the 2017 presidential candidate,” with your constant condescension of Liberians, people victimized by years of deprivation, marginalization and outright subjugation.

      Instead of expecting “engineers,” “medical doctors,” “scientists,” etc., out of a people, 65% of whom cannot read and write to start with, why not begin with literacy programs first in order to change the mindset, or viewpoints, or attitudes or perspectives of your people before expecting orange juice out of apples of them, figuratively speaking?

      Your perspective on issues here expose you as some confused, delusional zealot for whatever your agenda and were you ever ushered near any seat of authority anywhere. God forbid!

      • Do Liberian have the KnowHow?
        Nobody will build anything for us. Therefore we need to become the Engineers, MDs, to built get good things for our people. Nobody will come to lift us up thereby making their people jobless.

        What did president George Bush Jr. give to Liberia when he visited; books? Don’t we understand what that man was telling us?

        Where are all the hundred of thousands of students since 1970s from (LTI, St Patrick, Gbarnga, CWA, Ricks, MCSS, SDA, Konola, etc). The educated Liberian must get up or the problems will always be around.

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