District #10 Old Road Women Decry Rep. Kolubah

MONROVIA-A statement issued this week, in solidarity with Mrs. Ruth Coker-Collins who was insulted, disrespected and maligned by ex-rebel General, Yekeh Kolubah now Representative of District 10, Montserrado County.

“For us, the insult rained on Minister Collins is not just about her, but an insult against the women of Liberia. Culturally, when you insult a girl child you have insulted all women. So yes, the so-called Rep. Kolubah, as traditionally as he thinks of himself, has insulted the women of Liberia,” the statement said.

The group dubbed: concerned women from electoral district number ten have frowned on lawmaker Yekeh Kolubah for what they termed spewing out a derogatory statement against Public Works Minister designate, Ruth Collins.

It added: “Madam Ruth Coker-Collins is not just a Minister, she hails from the old road, schooled there and even operated a business there; she is one of us and by extension, the daughter of a market woman. Her humility, decency, and upbringing are things we are very proud of, Old Road is very proud of this daughter of ours.”

In spite of playing in these markets as a kid and now working in government, we, mothers of Old Road are proud that she did not allow these dusts to hold her down, this market sent her to school till she ascended to working with the United Nations as well as serving as President, Female Engineering Society of Liberia amongst other high-profile roles. Old Road has over the years made great sons and daughters except this woman abuser Yekeh Kolubah.

“We are very ashamed, that a Representative of our district who we supported and campaigned for will choose to denigrate one of the proud daughters of old road in the plenary of the House of Representatives. This is highly regrettable and unacceptable.

“We condemn his action against our daughter, Ruth Coker-Collins and call on him to retract his statement immediately or we will begin moving from houses to house, door to door and one market table to the other on Old Road to canvass against him.

While we condemn the woman abuser, Rep. Kolubah, we are taken aback by the conspicuous silence of Senator Nyonblee Karnga-Lawrence who herself stays with us on the Old Road. In a Spoon Talk show recently, Rep Kolubah signaled out Sen. Lawrence as being one of his advisors that tells him when to speak or not; when quizzed on his attack on Minister Collins. His revelation clearly says she was behind his reckless outburst against our daughter.

We want to call on Sen. Karnga-Lawrence to come public and condemn the statement made against our daughter and distance herself from it. We the people of District #10 are not taking his statement likely, and we hope Senator Lawrence will not do same; it’s time to stand up for women hand in hand no matter where we stand politically.

Sen. Karnga-Lawrence’s failure to distance herself, and publicly condemn the woman abuser, Rep. Kolubah, you will be confirming our belief that you are in full support of the public disgrace brought upon us, women of Liberia as indicated on Spoon Talk by Yekeh.

Finally, we want to call on the ANC, of which Rep. Yekeh Kolubah is associated, to condemn and distance the party from this woman abuser to prove that it’s a party of respect for women and that which upholds social and cultural values.

We at the same time call on Coalition of Political Party Women (COPWILL) and women stakeholders to immediately distance themselves from the action of this District #10 failed Rep. Kolubah.

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