Simple Logic and The LAW: ANNIE CONSTANCE & SON BREAK THEIR SILENCE (PART 2)

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Annie Constance (left) has written a letter to President George Manneh Weah, asking his help in getting back the house her mentally unstable son had given away to Associate Justice Kabineh M. Ja'neh (right).

BREAKING THEIR SILENCE WAS GOING TO HAPPEN SOONER OR LATER; THEY NEEDED SOME RESPITE, (RELIEF) FROM THIS STRANGE, UNEXPECTED RUN-IN WITH ASSOCIATE JUSTICE KABINEH JA’NEH AND THE LIBERIAN COURT SYSTEM. IT LEFT THEM CONFUSED. SOME HOW, THEY HAD BEEN ZAPPED—BY SOMETHING RIGHT OUT OF “THE TWILIGHT ZONE”— WITH NO PLACE TO TURN!

By Attorney Keith Neville Asumuyaya Best

TO RECAP: We ended Part I with three questions: Who do we say we are? Just where do we say we are from? And just where do we say we gwoin’? The Sages of the Ages cut the matter short and went straight to the heart of it, sparing generations yet unborn, from having to agonize, (wrestle with, worry over) everything they can find to grumble about: Leadership, they concluded, springs up from the people:

In other words, leaders will do no better than what their people have, are— and, perhaps, what they (the people)will themselves to do, or would want themselves to be. The Daily Observer, in a 26-eve editorial, tried to help readers figure out when, where, and how, this country might have branched, down the wrong road: One president after the other, the Observer pointed out, has betrayed the vision of the Founding Fathers. And they have done so by creating a hydra- headed monster that is become the three branches of government: the Executive, the Legislative and the Judicial.

NOW READ ON: The Readers Digest Dictionary defines a hydra-headed monster as a multifarious, (diverse, mixed) source of evil, trouble or destruction that cannot be eradicated, (stamped out, gotten rid of) by a single attempt.

THE EXECUTIVE: POWER CZAR OVER THE YEARS

The Observer’s reference to a hydra-headed monster that the three branches of government, collectively have been reduced to over the years—as the paper’s editorial suggests—offers our readers much to think about—given the new and, obviously, unpredictable steps and choices that came into view, given the economic and political realities that existed before President Weah took over, a few months ago.

The editorialist soon recognized, however, that the betrayal of the Founding Fathers’ vision was actually the betrayal of one of that unholy triumvirate: the head of the Executive Branch; thus, it was every Executive head that—over successive administrations— usurped the authority of the other two, became corrupt, dominated and even emasculated, (rendered impotent, weakened) the others.

The exploits and excessive behavior of the heads-of-state over the past half-a- century is the stuff that legends are made of. It goes farther back than Tubman, and remains with this country, just as much today. Though there is much to think about, in connection with the Executive and Legislative branches, we will, in the interest of time, treat only with what the Observer singled out for the Judiciary as one of the three choices as ‘food for thought—in place of the usual merry-making—during this first observance of the nation’s Independence celebration, since President Oppong Weah won the presidency.

POWER-SHIFT TO THE JUDICIARY

According to the Observer’s editorial, “the Judiciary, for its part, rather than a guardian of the people’s trust over the years, has accommodated the Executive in the abuse of human rights, leaving the citizenry with little or no trust in their Judiciary. Bribery and other forms of corruption have taken hold of and have threatened the independence of the nation.

Rather than ‘holy altars’ of Justice according to the late Chief Justice Louis Arthur Grimes, the Court of Law have been desecrated, presided over by mean, vile and corrupt men and women, placing Justice out of the reach of ordinary Liberians today,” the editorial lamented. Not since Tubman has such a dramatic power-shift occurred, following Oppong Weah’s takeover from Liberia’s iron lady who left the presidency, as strong as ever.

That says quite a bit about how emaciated (thin, shrunken) she left Oppong—with little or nothing. For some reason, with Ellen out of the picture, and Oppong still learning the ropes, it appears to some that the Judiciary might be digging in to take charge of the hydra-headed monster, with two males and two strong females holding together. At least that’s the way it looks to Nathaniel Constance who, after spending a couple of days at Central Prison as a pre-26 treat, courtesy of Associate Justice Kabineh Ja’neh.

According to this younger son of 90-year-old Annie Yancy Constance, Ja’neh had him arrested, and taken to prison. Nathaniel explained that he did not have enough cash to post bail to keep him out of jail, so they threw him in but let him out two days later, after some arrangement was made for him.

Why he went to jail, Nathaniel says Justice Ja’neh has yet to enlighten him; the ‘writ of arrest’ we were shown seemed connected to his mentally-ill and now, deceased brother, John Nyema Constance. This son had nothing to do with Justice Ja’neh, or any one else. It had been John into whose pocket, Associate Justice Ja’neh is said to have put some money in exchange for Mrs. Constance’s house, while she was in exile in Guinea. Meanwhile, Mrs. Constance has had her things thrown out of her house. She said they would have to take her body, to get her out.

CASE-FILE MISSING, AS WELL

In another development, the gentleman who was supposed to have served as legal counsel for Mrs. Constance, who was reported missing in action, told us after we contacted him, that he had kept telling the Constances to come to Court, but they would not show up. But Nathaniel Constance told us that Counsellor Lawrence Yeakula needed to “get a life.”

Ask him where the case-file is, and why he never presented us one, if at all, he was working on behalf of my mother. What has he done with the case-file when he was the lawyer and knew what had to be done in the interest of his client, if at all he had one, in the person of my mother?

TO BE CONTINUED…

3 COMMENTS

  1. This exactly some of real danger facing Liberia. What makes officials think they can continue to do this? Oh yes, IMPUNITY!! Do feel too bad for typical Liberians, they continue to vote stupidly and refuse to collectively hold those maggots to account. Go ahead, crocrogee Justice

  2. Except the “vision of the founding fathers” part, most of what is written here regarding the state of our country is a correct depiction. I personally don’t believe the so called “founding fathers” had any vision for the country, if they had one, given the age of the country as well as the “head start” (they were advanced in many ways compared to their African contemporaries/counterparts in an beyond the borders of Liberia, they came from developed societies advanced in economics,engineering and other sciences[for their time], they could have copied and pasted, they instead choosed to ill-treat the natives they met , subjecting them to inhumane treatment/conditions reminiscent of their own past experiences) in their favor, Liberia would have been one of the most developed nations in the world and a pride for the African continent.

    Regarding Janeh, I believe this man should be ashamed of himself, he owns no morals and should have nothing to do within the Justice system. Assuming he legally purchased this piece of land from the rightful owner, shouldn’t he let go of this property for the sake of the rightful owner (the 99 year old lady) ? As for the legality of the purchased and given my knowledge of the case from press articles, there are very many serious questions that remained unanswered.

    Who is to be determined as the rightful owner of the property (the old lady or her deceased son)?

    Assuming the old lady is the rightful owner in this case, can Janeh be charged with purchase of a stolen property?

    Assuming that they seller was mentally unstable and Janeh knowing that, can he be charged for exploitation of a mentally ill person ?

    These are just a few side questions to be considered.

  3. Shame on you ,John Doe! So you are blaming the the founding fathers for your mess that your created in Liberia. How dare you blame those people who have given you a country to be proud of? your own greed and jealousy led us to this path, so blame yourselves. Some of our founding fathers were as young as 29 years old or younger, braced the treacherous conditions to gave us a loving country now you’re claiming they didn’t have vision? They did what they had to do; it”s your time, make the best out of it, and let their souls rest in peace. You can go to Ivory Coast, Guinea, Sierra Leone, or better yet any part of the world.

    President Weah in his inaugural speech paid tribute to our founding fathers for finding this freedom for us to enjoy.They struggled like anyone else,but they kept their heads above waters so you and I can have this sweet land of Liberty. They gave you a country, now you want them to build your house, and furnish it also? Grow up, stop complaining, and do your part!

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