Gender Ministry In Silence
-Blind Eye On “Momoh’s Sex Crime Allegation”
Few months ago, the Minister of Gender, Children & Social Protection (MGCSP), Mrs. Williametta Piso SaydeeTarr, reaffirmed how the Ministry was taking seriously the allegation of sexual exploitation and abuse reportedly committed by Mr. MoserayMomoh, Deputy Managing Director of the Liberia Water & Sewer Corporation (LWSC).
It was reported that Mr. Momoh used his official power to allegedly commit such a crime, which in fact, is against some provisions of the code of conduct for public officials. The Liberia National Police (LNP) which has been investigating the allegation is yet to release any findings into the matter.
While expressing deep dismay over such an appalling alleged sexual crime, Min. Tarr declared that the Ministry was in close contact with the victim, adding that a formal complaint from the victim was already been recorded; according to her, the Ministry was also providing counseling, protection and routine follow ups with the Liberia National Police (LNP) on the preliminary investigation.
She made the assertions in Monrovia during a special press conference held at the Ministry of Information, Culture Affairs &Tourism (MICAT) when she responded to journalists’ inquires about the allegation of sexual exploitation and abuse ostensibly committed by the LWSC official.
Earlier, the Ministry announced how it was deeply distressed by the allegation and was pressing forward to remain engaged until the results of the police investigation were made available in an effort to determine further legal action.
Although government promised to remain engaged on the investigation, it is indefinite when a pragmatic action would be taken by the ministries of Gender and Justice amid the declaration of President George Manneh Weah who has volunteered his services to champion the rights and protection of women when he declared himself as “Feminist-In-Chief.”
Although the Ministry then categorically condemned the upsurge in sexual exploitation and abuse in the country not only perpetrated by ordinary people but officials of government who are reportedly using their offices, official power and cash to molest women and young girls amid national and international efforts to end all forms of violence against women and children.
Liberia recently joined the world to launch 16 days of Activism against all forms of violence against women and children, yet the Ministry of Gender and Justice are yet to resolve by giving justice to victim of reported sexual harassment whose case, according the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection has been recorded and being comforted.