Unity Party Reinstates Six Suspended Senators

MONROVIA, Montserrado – Unity Party has announced that it reinstated six out of eight senators whose membership were suspended from the party for failing to adhere to the party’s position in the impeachment proceedings against former Supreme Court associate justice Kabineh Ja’neh.

The eight senators were suspended in April for voting to impeach Ja’neh at a time when some opposition political parties, including the Unity Party, called the impeachment unconstitutional.

“The impeachment of Associate Justice Ja’neh was unconstitutional and the party had communicated with all of its senators to vote against such impeachment as it was only intended to undermine our democracy and strengthen the dictatorship that President Weah is practicing,” Unity Party said in a statement issued immediately after Ja’neh’s impeachment.

The party said it feared that the attempt by the ruling Coalition for Democratic Change to control the judiciary was an attempt to cheat in future elections, as the confidence to take such cases to court would have already been eroded.

Those suspended at the time were Sen. Varney Sherman and Edward Dagoseh of Grand Cape Mount, Morris Saytumah of Bomi, George Tengbeh of Lofa, Thomas Grupee of Nimba, Alphonso Gaye of Grand Gedeh, Matthew Jaye of River Gee, and Milton Teahjay of Sinoe.

During the proceedings, 22 senators voted to remove Ja’neh as an associate justice of the Supreme Court for official misconduct and gross breach of duty for a decision he made while serving as justice-in-chambers. Four senators voted against the impeachment while three others abstained. All votes were secret.

Liberty Party also joined the Unity Party in suspending its Grand Bassa senator, Jonathan Kaipay.

In a press statement dated Wednesday, June 26, the party’s national assistant secretary general for the press, Mohammed Ali, said after weeks of consultation and discussions, the National Executive Committee of the party voted overwhelmingly to reinstate six of the eight senators it suspended on April 2.

One of the reinstated senators was the deceased Dagoseh, who passed on Saturday, June 1. Meanwhile, Grupee had tendered his resignation from the party.

“The UP’s NEC looks forward to cooperation from the senators and all other members of the Party’s Legislative Caucus at this critical period of Liberia’s deteriorating governance situation,” Ali wrote.

The party also called on the senators to distinguish themselves as required and to “serve the Liberian people and not the presidency or any single individual.”

Featured photo by Zeze Ballah

Zeze Ballah

Zeze made his journalism debut as a high school reporter at the LAMCO Area School System. In 2016 and 2017, the Press Union of Liberia awarded Zeze with the Photojournalist of the Year award. Zeze was also the union's 2017 Health Reporter of the Year. He is a Health Journalism Fellow with Internews.

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