ULAA Challenges Gov’t to Address Rape, Child Abuse, Others
USA: As Liberians anxiously await President Weah’s state of the Nation Address, the Union of Liberian Associations in the Americas, (ULAA) is calling on the Government of Liberia to take stronger action against Rape, Child abuse and Molestation among others to enable survivals to get justice.
ULAA in a press statement says in 2018, frowned on the government’s posture in addressing issues of abuses against citizens in the country.
The Union of Liberian Associations in the Americas (ULAA) is the umbrella organization representing Liberians and their various organizations in the Americas.
The Group indicated that cases being delayed show that “Justice delayed is Justice denied,” pointing to a poverty-stricken West African nation where people cannot afford in following up on cases of such.
ULAA stated that parents of victims and survivals are constrained to follow cases to the end and in furtherance, they do not get justice from the law
According to ULAA’s release, public pronouncements against rape by President Weah and the Government of Liberia are not enough, but progressive actions in addressing these issues in Liberia’s judicial system will bring to bear perpetrators who carried out these acts and stop them from walking the streets of Liberia with impunity.
ULAA says regime change corrects the wrongs from previous administration by putting in place the requisite policies, procedures and process to address these wrongdoings with speed to avoid a repeat.
The group believes that rape in Liberia is still fresh in the minds of many victims and their families owing to the effect of the civil war where men used rape against women and girls to instill fear and assert dominance.
“In fact, the alleged rape of a 13-year-old girl by a Legislator, the plugging off of Alicia Tokpah’s eyes in Ganta, Nimba County by her fiancée; the alleged gang rape of a 13-year-old girl in Barrobo, Maryland County; etc., are all terrifying incidents, and these unwanted abuses and killings of Liberian women and girls must stop!” ULAA warned.
The group furthered that while the government is focusing on signature projects to develop road network throughout the Country, it must also focus on developing a robust social program to benefit thousands of youths who roam major city streets in Liberia daily.
ULAA in a release recognized the verdict of the Liberia people during the elections of President George Manneh Weah is to put an end to systemic corruption, promote faster economic growth, and a new future for all Liberians.
“If the Government of President Weah must take the punishing of corrupt practices serious, the need to establish a genuinely independent court or raise the Liberian Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC) to a Court level is the most Godly and important thing to do to crack on corruption that continues to threaten Liberia’s national security, prosperity, and democratic development”.
The Union further stated that establishing the Court of Corruption is consistent with President Weah’s commitment as he mentioned in his inaugural speech delivered to the Liberian people and the World nearly one year ago.
ULAA asserts that it is concerned about the delay of ongoing investigation of an alleged LD $16 billion, and appalled by recent pronouncement from the Chief Spokesperson of the Embassy of the United States of America in Monrovia that she only wanted to throw in an update at what expected to be a signing ceremony of ties between Liberia and her Government.
The US-based Liberian organization says ongoing investigations into the alleged missing LD$16 Billion should not be like the legal maxim of “Justice Delayed is Justice Denied”, and it is afraid that any further delay in these investigations may spark another round of demonstration, which may carry more weight than the first.
“ULAA, therefore, demands speedy findings and it anxiously awaits to see and read where the ax FALLS, the Union laments in the release.
Meanwhile, ULAA has praised President Dr. George Manneh Weah and the GOL for the refurbishing and building of new roads in and around Monrovia and other parts of Liberia. The statement revealed that as ULAA considering the blood vessel of the human body, it says roads are the blood vessels through which the economy throbs.
It says Roads link producers to markets, workers to jobs, students to school, and the sick to hospitals. ULAA maintains that Roads are important to any developmental agenda; therefore, embarking on new roads at this time in the history of Liberia by President Weah cannot be emphasized, and hence applauds the Government.
However, ULAA in the release called on the GOL to streamline the procurement process during these roads constructions to avoid corrupt practices. ULAA also narrated that Corruption in procurement can impede economic development, distort market mechanisms and create inefficiencies reducing competitiveness, trade and foreign direct investment.
Many corrupt practices according to the Union occur through violations of procurement rules or through legitimate deviations from the rules. ULAA says if the GOL moves with precision in addressing all of these unwanted and unwarranted vices that occur on a daily basis, the Liberian people will smoke peace and continue to enjoy fervent democratic governance.
ULAA is a voluntary, nonprofit, and non-governmental organization formed on July 4, 1974, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America to advance the just causes of Liberians and Liberia at home and abroad.