Following suspension of his membership, Nimba County Senator Thomas Grupee resigns from the former ruling Unity Party.
Senator Gruppe Tuesday, 9 April officially tendered in hisresignation to the UP, becoming the first suspended UP lawmaker to react to the suspension by throwing in the tower.
The party recently suspended eight senators whowon on its ticket for voting in favor of the impeachment offormer Associate Justice Kabineh Ja’neh.
Senator Grupeeexplains his suspension was unfair, arguing that he was never invited by the party on any occasion toknow the UP’s position on the impeachment trial of the former AssociateJustice, adding that voted in the interest ofjustice.
Grupee maintains he owes nobody any answer as to his decision taken on the
impeachment of former Associate Justice Kabineh Ja’neh.
Former Justice Ja’neh in August 2018 was impeached
by the House of Representatives on four counts, ranging from abuse of
judicial power, theft of property, among others. Following his
impeachment by the House, the matter was forwarded to the Liberian Senate
for trial, and subsequently removal or acquittal based on the
procedures guarded by due process of law.
Meanwhile, the former UP lawmaker is yet to disclose his next move, as to which party to join, ahead of the 2020 midterm senatorial election, but the governing Coalition for Democratic Change recently pronounced a public invitation to all eight senators suspended by the UP.
At a news conference on 04 April CDC Chairman MulbahMorlu asked the suspended senators to make their way to the ruling establishment where, he said, they will be welcomed and treated with respect and dignity, saying, “Some of those senators were part of us and we are calling on them to come home where they will be respected and cherished for their role play in moving the country forward.”By Bridgett Milton