The Sierra Leone People's Party ( SLPP) has no
moral authority to question the All People's Congress (APC)
government's handling of the recent alleged rape incidents in Sierra
If it is true that these women were raped, it is regrettable and
I wish to condemn the perpetuators and call for action against them.
However, worst incidents of rape happened under the watch of the SLPP
government and the sad thing is that all the women raped during the SLPP era never
The SLPP government failed to acknowledge the sufferings of the
women raped and the government was very heartless towards the victims ,
as reported by international organizations. I am not saying that because
the SLPP's record of protecting wome's rights was abysmal, therefore the
APC should do the same or that rape is justified under the present
government.That is not what I am saying.
What I want to highlight here is the SLPP's hypocrisy, double
standards and impunity. As I am going to demonstrate, the SLPP era saw
the most brutal and ruthless sexual abuse of women and throughout its
reign ; and yet the SLPP GOVERNMENT DID NOTHING TO ACKNOWLEDGE THAT
THESE RAPES OCCURED, THAT THE VICTIMS WERE SUFFERING AND THAT THEY
NEEDED JUSTICE. TO THIS DAY, NONE OF THE RAVISHED WOMEN HAVE RECEIVED
JUSTICE. NOT A SINGLE ONE. THE VIOLATED WOMEN ARE WALKING AROUND WITH
THE PAIN, SHAME AND STIGMA.
This flagrant violation and neglect of the rights of women by the
SLPP government begs the question : Why is the SLPP now trying to
politicize the alleged rapes at their headquarters and trying to
stigmatize the APC as if they did any better during their reign ? Is
this not the height of hypocrisy for a party under whose watch thousands
of women were brutally raped to now turn around and try to make
political capital out of six alleged raped viictims in the APC era ? Is
it not the height of the worst type of double standards for a party that
failed to acknowlege thousands of rapes or provide succor and justice
for the thousands of victims to now try to make a big noise out of six
women allegedly raped recently ?
This is what is most annoying about the SLPP.
They hide their own
shame and disgrace under the bushel and try to make political capital
out of other people's. WHAT A SHAME FOR THE SO-CALLED GRAND OLD PARTY OF
SIERRA LEONE ? Should not the SLPP first try to remove the log in their
eyes before talking about the mote in other people's eyes ?
The APC Government should not sit back and let the SLPP get away
with their hypocrisy and double standards. While providing assurance
that everything was being done to address the problems of the alleged
six rape victims, the government must present facts to the American
Ambassador and the International Community to show that the SLPP's
record of protecting women against rape and providing them justice was
the most shameful in Africa.
During the reign of the SLPP, women were subjected to Rape, sexual
torture, Sexual slavery and Forced pregnancy.
While it must be
acknowledged that some of these acts were perpetuated during a war
situation, the government's own forces and sponsored militia, the
Kamajors, were among the perpetuators. What did the SLPP government do
to bring its forces and Kamajors to justice ?
Are the rapists not
walking free in our society ?
Granted that an amnesty was offered,
should not the SLPP government have punished their Kamajors just to
send a clear message that the government did not condone the rapes ?
Yet, it was clear that the SLPP government supported the atrocities
committed by its Kamajors that included rape, sexual torture and forced
pregnancies of girls as young as 14 or 15
With such a disgraceful
record , what gave the SLPP the moral gumption to make all the noise we
heard recently over the six women allegedly raped ? I am not saying
that they should not advocate for the women, but the political capital
they tried to make out of the issue was hypocrisy that stank to the
The SLPP must publicly acknowledge that thousands of women,
including babies , were raped during their reign and that the government
negligently failed to do anything about it.