With the endorsement by President George M. Weah in collaboration with member states of ECOWAS regarding the membership suspension of Guinea from the latter (ECOWAS) following the Military Coup on Sunday, many political observers see Weah’s acceptance of that august body’s authority as questionable and half-baked.
The political observers who see Weah’s endorsement of the ECOWAS’ inspired membership suspension, as double-standard on ECOWAS’ authority also noted that in fact, it is the very leadership that disregarded the judgment of ECOWAS in the tinted impeachment fiasco of Associate Supreme Court Justice, Cllr. Kabineh M. Ja’neh, portraying his move as a man who tells the villagers that he does not eat snake, but they should save the snake’s eggs for him to eat.
In that light, they wondered is the egg produced by the snake is not an inherent part of the snake, and if the egg produced by the snake does not also sometime contain an embedded young snake?
Moreover, other skeptics described the double-standard of Weah on ECOWAS’ authority as a man who so much likes Jesus , but he can’t stand the Jews, knowing that Jesus is a Jew, adding, if you join the union, obviously, you must pay your due; meaning compliance and if it is not good for Paul, then it is not good for Peter.
At the same time, ECOWAS, referred to as a club for presidents wherein they protect each other’s’; adopted a rigorous posture to stamp out the unconstitutional removal of a democratically elected government through coup d’états; also resolved to ensure that all elected presidents serve only two terms and shouldn’t tamper with the constitution to extend their rule to third and more terms. Unfortunately, ECOWAS has not been radically firm enough on the changed of constitution by those craving to continue in power.
It was right under the nose of ECOWAS when deposed president Alpha Conde changed the country’s constitution to enable him remain in power for the third term; despite massive nationwide protests and demonstrations by the opposition community, wherein about over 250 people were killed by state security with many others including leader of the most powerful l opposition political party jailed, as deposed Conde had his day and will, until the coup, brings ECOWAS under critical scrutiny for not thoroughly living up to the true spirit of its stewardship; as similar violation was done in the Ivory Coast with the current present serving a third term instead of two terms upon tampering with the constitution; and surely, it is now bound to lick its wound, knowing those who died in the processes in both countries from the regimes in their struggle to halt the illegal encroachment of the constitution, and the extension of power, fought and died for what ECOWAS had obligated itself to do in the first place.
Meanwhile, the West Africa’s main regional bloc has suspended Guinea’s membership, days after a military coup that removed President Alpha Conde.
During an extraordinary virtual summit on Wednesday, September 8, 2021 leaders from the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) demanded a return to the constitutional order and the immediate release of Conde, who was arrested by Special Forces led by Lieutenant Colonel Mamady Doumbouya on Sunday.
The ECOWAS leaders also agreed to send a high-level mission to Guinea as soon as Friday, September 10, 2021. It was earlier slated for Thursday, but had to be pushed to Friday.
“At the end of that mission, ECOWAS should be able to re-examine its position,” Alpha Barry, Burkina Faso’s Foreign Minister, told reporters in Ouagadougou after the meeting.
The bloc’s decision comes after the coup sparked broad diplomatic condemnation, but was also met jubilation in some parts of the capital, Conakry, where residents turned out on the streets to applaud passing soldiers.
It can be recalled as reported by a local daily that the ECOWAS Community Court of Justice ordered the George Weah government to “restore, calculate and pay” Counselor Kabineh Muhammad Ja’neh “all withheld entitlements, including salaries, allowances and pensions benefits as from the date of his (Ja’neh’s) indictment from office up to the date of notification of this judgment.”
The ECOWAS Court also ordered the Republic of Liberia “to reinstate the Applicant (Kabineh Muhammad Ja’neh) as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court; or, in the alternative, to grant the Applicant (Kabineh M. Ja’neh) the right to retire from service on the date of this notification with full pensions benefits as if he had retired at the normal retirement age of the Supreme Court (of Liberia).”
The November 10, 2020 Judgment also directed the payment of US$200,000.00 (Two Hundred Thousand United States Dollars) to Counsellor Kabineh Ja’neh for what the Court termed as “reparation for moral prejudice suffered for violation of his rights
The ECOWAS Community Court gave the Liberian Government a period of six (6) month to fully comply with the November 10, 2020 Judgment.
The Liberian Government within its six-month period for compliance given by the Court filed an appeal contending the Judgment “violates the legislative sovereignty of the Republic of Liberia”. The Government also argued that the declaration made by the ECOWAS Community Court that the impeachment was a “violation of the Applicant’s (Justice Ja’neh’s) right to due process” was a gross oversight; hence the ECOWAS Community Court by holding as such committed “a serious palpable error.”
The Liberian government’s attempt to have the Judgement of the ECOWAS Court of Justice that ordered the payment of all entitlements including salaries to illegally impeached Supreme Court Justice Kabineh Ja’neh trashed has been denied by the Community Court.
Despite the expiration of the six months provided by ECOWAS Court for the Weah-led government to comply with its verdict, the judgment has not been honored ny the Liberian Government.
But in a phone-in-talk show hosted by KOOL fm Radio Station in Monrovia this week when Cllr. Ja’neh was guest, and when quizzed about the noncompliance of the government to adhere to the ECOWAS Court’s decision, Cllr. Ja’neh said no matter what, the law is the law.
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