“We agree that the Supreme Court is the arbiter of justice when the Constitution is being undermined, but let judges at the highest court be careful to note that those who deliberately violate the law and run to the court could one day brutalize judges and run to court for redress.”
Members of the House of Representatives seem to be fighting against recent denigration they sustained from the hands of appointees whose confidence President Ellen Johnson is said to explicitly enjoy.
Suspended Montserrado Superintendent Grace Kpaan and Acting Monrovia City Mayor Mary Broh, both of whom allegedly remain indisposed since President Sirleaf announced their suspensions in connection with their defiance of the House’s contempt earlier intended for Madam Kpaan, cannot be reached for arrest which the Lower House has insisted must be enforced.
In the wake of what appears to be a power play which has lately colored the political temperature between the Executive and Legislative Branches of government in Liberia at present, scores of local dailies yesterday reported a ‘stay order’ from the Supreme Court to halt the arrest of the suspended Superintendent and Acting Mayor.
The ‘stay order’ seeks to bring both parties to a conference table which is likely to safe the suspended officials from being sent to prison upon the order of the legislators in demand of fulfilling the House’s contempt.
Accordingly, the ‘stay order’ is being prompted by a Writ of Prohibition Madam Kpaan’s lawyer, Cllr. Pearl Browne Bull filed with the Supreme Court to halt the arrest and imprisonment of the suspended Superintendent and perhaps Madam Broh.
Though observers say when constitutional crisis looms, the intervention of the Supreme Court is expedient, they expressed disappointment over what they claimed as undue influence and disrespect some officials of government usually exhibit against others because of their connection with the power-that-be.
Political analysts also say running to the Supreme Court after deliberately taking the law into one’s hands to seek redress has the propensity to nurture lawlessness and civil disobedience in the country.
“We agree that the Supreme Court is the arbiter of justice when the Constitution is being undermined, but let judges at the highest court be careful to note that those who deliberately violate the law and run to the court could one day brutalize judges and run to court for redress,” some analysts said.
According to them, people who forcefully took Madam Kpaan away not to be incarcerated are the very ones running to the Supreme Court to ensure that their campaign of disregard for the House of Representatives succeeds.