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Chiefs Want Harsh Punishment For Rape
GBARNGA, October 26 (LINA) - Traditional leaders are calling for the institution of harsh punishments for those found guilty of rape and compromising rape cases.
In a resolution, the chiefs called for the execution of anyone found guilty of raping a minor, while at the same time recommending the reinforcement of the laws on Sodomy with stiffer penalties.
According to a Ministry of Internal Affairs release, the traditional leaders of the 15 counties derived the resolution at the close of a three-day National Conference of traditional leaders held in Gbarnga City, Bong County from October 20-22.
The conference, which brought together over 200 traditional leaders, was held under the auspices of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, National Council of Chiefs and Elders of Liberia, with funding from the Carter Center, U.N. Mission in
Liberia and other partners.
During the conference, the traditional leaders discussed issues including the prevalence of Sexual and Gender Based Violence, especially rape, land tenure and peaceful elections in 2017.
On the issue of elections, the traditional leaders are calling on the National Legislature to institute laws for the election of local authorities such as County Superintendents and chiefs.
The chiefs also want the Equity Participation Bill to reflect one seat for women in each of the 15 counties, instead of the five seats that represent regions.
Regarding land rights and ownership, the traditional leaders are proposing community involvement in any negotiation between Government and Concessions in areas where they will operate.
At the same time, the Chairman of the National Council of Chiefs, Chief Zanzan Karwor, has called on government to fully implement the resolution, noting that traditional leaders intend to implement the resolution at the local level.
Receiving the resolution, Deputy Internal Affairs Minister for Research and Development Planning, Augustus M. Zayzay, promised to submit the document to Minister Henrique F. Tokpa for onward submission to the President for action.
Also present at the conference were the Ambassador of ECOWAS Commission in Liberia, Babatunde Ajisomo and UNMIL Deputy SRSG for Rule of Law Waldemar Vrey, among others.
In remarks, Carter Center Chief-of-Party in Liberia, Mr. Pewee Flomoku, renewed his institution’s commitment to work with Government and other partners in ensuring the implementation of the chiefs’ resolution.