Expressing their concerns to this press on Wednesday, many women across the country have planned to back out from politics due to President Koroma’s failure to address the issue of the six women that were allegedly raped during the fracas between APC and SLPP in Freetown.
Kharday Zorokong SLPP Regional Women’s Leader said they (women) expected the President to have addressed the issue of rape and extended his sympathy rather than expressing disappointment with the two parties.
Also, she said they were expecting other women’s group, female Parliamentarians and Ministers to have also expressed their concerns regarding this issue irrespective of their political party affiliation.
Zorokong emphasized that if appropriate actions are not taken, they (women) will stage a peaceful demonstration and also back out from politics.
Asked why they want to back out, she explained the reason is that though we are 52% of the population but we don’t feel safe.
A prominent female broadcaster expressed her disappointment over the reluctance of the government to acknowledge the alleged incident, whilst observing that the President and most members of his government are fathers and husbands.
Fatmata Sesay from the APC women’s wing also condemned the act done and called on the government to address that issue with all seriousness and bring to book all those involved. She regretted the APC Secretary General’s statement over the alleged raping incident.
“This issue is not about SLPP women being raped, but an issue of concern to all women irrespective of their parties”, she said. “I felt too disgusted when I heard that three women were raped….it is disheartening and it is not good for our country coming out from war”, expressed Sesay. “I think government needs to take a stance on this issue to ensure that it does not happen again”, reiterated Jeneba Moseray from the PMDC.
I was expecting the President to have made condemned the vandalizing of the SLPP office and work with the SLPP members to investigate both the APC and SLPP.
Also speaking was, a Coordinator from renowned women who preferred anonymity. She expressed disappointment that the amount of money and resources put in to the Police Force by the international community and government for training yet they could not contain the situation.
She stated that the rape incident reminded people of the RUF and AFRC affray in the country.
In an addendum to this Women in the Media Sierra Leone (WIMSAL) have also condemned this act.