Breaking: Rep. Hassan Kiazolu In Alleged Rape Scandal As District 17 Women Petitions House of Representatives’ Action
Monrovia-January 16, 2020: Scores of Women from District #17, Montserrado County and parts adjacent, are today Thursday January 16, 2020 gathering at the grounds of the Capitol to protest an alleged Rape incident involving their representative, Hon. Hassan Kiazolu.
Rep. Kiazolu, Chair of the Unity Party Legislative Caucus, recently came under criticism over remarks made on plans to impeach President George Manneh Weah. Barely after few weeks of impeachment comments, Rep. Kiazolu summersaulted and pledged not to get involved in the removal of Pres. Weah, indicating that the president has been his longtime friend and ‘bag boy’.+
The women are seen chanting anti-rape slogans and calling for justice for the alleged victim. “Real men don’t rape, stop violence against women and girls, protect our girls from rapists, Hassan Kiazolu is a rapist among others.
It can be recalled that a year ago, Hon Kiazolu was accused of raping a school going age girl who is believed to be his relative. The case, believed to be settled has angered women of district 17 over what they termed as gruesome act of their Lawmaker, for which they are seeking the Legislature involvement in the matter. An allegation Rep. Kiazolu is yet to make an official response to.
According to the rape Law of Liberia, the act is non-billable as perpetrators will serve a seven (7) year sentence.
During the afternoon hours, the protesters are expected to present a four (4) page petition to members of the Claims and Petition Committee of the House of Representatives, which will outline their next course of action.
Critics believe the move by the women of district 17 and other areas are politically motivated owing to the statement of Rep. Kiazolu on the impeachment of Pres. George Weah, something the protesters have refuted.
Gender-based and domestic violence including rape are said to be on the increase in Monrovia and other parts of the country with young women and girls mostly affected.
The most recent case of domestic violence was involving an employee of the Liberia Revenue Authority who alledgedly poured boiling water on his lover believed to be in her late 20s. Police are currently investigating the matter while the LRA has relieved the guy of his post until investigation is completed. Women groups have alarmed over the growing wave of attacks on women and girls and further called for prompt government’s action.
According to the Ministry of Gender, settlements of rape cases are posing a major threat to the fight against SGBV in the country as survivals are living with more traumas.