The Speaker of the Liberian Liberia National Children's Representative Forum (formerly the Children Parliament), Satta Sheriff, has announced the staging of petition programs today at the Legislature and the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection to immediately suspend and investigate Grand Gedeh County District #2 Representative Morais Waylee in the alleged rape case of his niece.
It is alleged that the Grand Gedeh County lawmaker raped a 13 year-old girl who is said to be his niece. According to her, the lawmaker cannot be in office and be investigated, as findings might be tempered with. Appearing as live studio guest on the Monday May 29, 2017 edition of the Capitol Breakfast Club, Miss Sheriff frowned on the Ministry for sitting supinely waiting for complaint to reach them before investigating. Speaker Sheriff said she believes the Gender Ministry could probably compromise the case because of a seating lawmaker, in as much they remain silent on the grievous case. “The Ministry of Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection have offices all around the country, they should have gotten the report by now. But they are still waiting for official complaint. It baffles me,” she said. She voiced her disappointment in those who she said should have been supporting them in the struggle, but are sitting without taking action. However, she is calling on the Government of Liberia and its partners to fast track the case, stating that in the law of Liberia, if a statutory rape is being investigated, the perpetrator should be arrested and placed behind bar, so that should be done with the current case. Satta added that the lawsuit by the Liberian lawmaker is meant to scare away other child right advocates, stressing that the fight is a good one, and so far they believe in the truth and justice, they will pursue the case to the letter. Meanwhile, the Children's Representative Forum spokesperson has thrown in her support to Abraham Kieta for the protest at the Capitol Building in demand of an investigation. “Abraham Keita is 100% right. We cannot sit as the direct representative of the Liberian children or their mouth piece and let such case go unnoticed. He has the right to advocate for investigation and justice as an international peace award winner. We were part of the planning,” she revealed.