Senate risks low votes

Information coming from the corridors of the Liberian Senate indicates members of the senate, who are opting for the impeachment of embattled Associate Justice Kabineh Ja’neh may not generate the needed numerical strength to effect impeachment, as the Senate plenary seems divided on the matters.

A very reliable source in the senate indicates that senators are hugely divided on political party lines with senators from the ruling Coalition for Democratic Change grouping themselves to strongly campaign for Justice Ja’neh’s impeachment.

On the other hand, senators from the opposition Liberty Party, including its political leader, Grand Bassa County Senator Nyonblee Karnga Lawrence, LP national Chairman Steve Zargo, Grand Bassa County Senator Jonathan Kaipee along with Senators Daniel Naatehn (Unity Party) and Armah Jallah (National Patriotic Party) of Gbarpolu, Dr. Henrique Flomo Tokpa of Bong, Margibi Oscar Cooper, Nimba Senators Prince Yormie Johnson and Thomas Grupee, and River Gee Senator Conmany Wesseh (Unity Party) appear unwavering in defending Ja’neh. The two senators from Grand Gedeh Alphonso Gaye and Marshall Dennis seem undecided on the impeachment battle.

Senators against the impeachment argue the proceedings are just not timely, but illegal. They want government and their colleagues in the senate fronting for the impeachment to instead, prioritize resolving the missing billions issue.

Senators championing the campaign include Pro-Tempore Albert Chie, Unity Party Chairman emeritus Varney Sherman, Henry Yallah of Bong County, Saah Joseph of CDC, Dr. Peter Coleman of Grand Kru, Dallas Gueh and Francis Paye of Rivercess, J. Gble-bo Brown of Maryland, and Morris Saytumah and Sando Johnson of Bomi County, respectively.

Senators Geraldine Doe Sherif of Montserrado County and Edward Degoseh of Grand Cape Mount County are on sick beds, indicating they may not participate in the process.According to Rule 63 section 24 of the Senate Standing Rule, two-thirds of the senate membership shall vote to effect an impeachment.

Rule 63, Section 24 states: On the final question whether, the impeachment is sustained, the yeas and nays shall be taken on each article of impeachment separately; and if the impeachment shall not upon any of the articles presented, be sustained by the votes of two-thirds of the members present, a judgment of acquittal shall be entered; but if the person accused in such articles of impeachment shall be convicted upon any of said articles by the vote of two-thirds of the members present, the Senate shall proceed to pronounce judgment. The certified copy of such judgment shall be deposited in the Office of the Secretary of the Senate.

By E. J. Nathaniel Daygbor

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