By Sayma Julius Syrenius Cephus |
The nation is being held hostage by what seems a rather queer constitutional crisis, deeply shrouded in blackmail and extortion, and is being perpetrated by some members of the National Legislature to impeach three distinguished Associate Justices of the Supreme Court of Liberia, namely His Honor Kabineh M. Ja’neh, Her Honor Madame Jamesetta H. Wollokolie and His Honor Professor Mr. Justice Philip A.Z. Banks, III.
No doubt, there is ill-tempered on both sides, with each clinging to the 1986 Constitution as the source of its authority, but beyond the noise and the flexing of muscles lies a rather interesting question, and that is, whether there is any legitimate constitutional basis for the possible impeachment of the three associate justices by the Honorable House of Representatives.
To address this question, it is important first and foremost to look at the history of the crisis, the authority or jurisdiction of the House to impeach the three justices, and then the admissibility of the petition, its merits and prayer within the context of Article 71 of the 1986 Constitution in order to be able to arrive at the conclusion whether there is any reason to give credence to the so-called impeachment brouhaha.
Source: Globe Afrique Media