In the face of a joint petition by some members of the National Legislature to impeach three Associate Justices of the Supreme Court, Montserrado County Representative Edwin Snowe has voiced his opposition to the petition.
On Thursday, August 3, a joint impeachment petition signed by Senators Dan Morais, Peter Coleman and Jim Tornolah of Maryland, Grand Kru and Margibi Counties as well as Representatives George Mulbah and Numene Bartekwah of Bong and Grand Kru Counties respectively, was submitted to the Plenary of the House of Representatives by the five lawmakers.
The petition primarily targeted three Associate Justices of the Supreme Court bench – Kabineh Ja’Neh, Philip Banks and Jamesetta Howard Wolokollie – for alleged ‘violation of their oath of office,’
The petitioners claimed that the three justices should face impeachment for the alleged infringement of their oath of office by involving in “misconduct, gross breach of duty and exhibiting clear inability to perform the functions of their offices as Associate Justices.”
The lawmakers cited the recent Supreme Court opinion in the much talked-about ‘Code of Conduct’ in which the above-named Justices allegedly ‘usurped the power and authority of the Legislature to make law,’ thereby making ineffective and virtually null and void the Code of Conduct.
Although the petitioners had requested the House Plenary to cite the Justices so that they can give reasons why they should not be impeached, Snowe, in his opinion, sees such act by his colleagues as a form of intimidation of the highest court and as such is urging the proponents to desist from their action.
In an interview on state-owned radio Monday, Snowe told his colleagues that he trusts the ability of the Justices of the high court, and that they should be given the opportunity to perform their duty.
According to Snowe, he has begun consultations with several of his colleagues, including members of Liberia’s delegation to the ECOWAS Parliament, regarding the matter, noting that the high court should be given the chance to perform its duties without fear or favor.