Ex-Chief Justice Welcomes Supreme Court’s Verdict
says it restores Public Confidence In Liberia's Justice System
MONROVIA- Cllr. Gloria Musa Scott, former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Liberia and lead lawyer for Gbarpolu County Senator-elect Botoe Kanneh legal team says the recent ruling of the Supreme Court in the Gbarpolu County post elections violence crisis restored public trust and confidence in the Justice System of the Country.
She made the statement at a news conference at YWCA on March 25, 2021. Cllr. Scott said the decision of the high Court favoring madam court has also strengthen citizens confidence in the rule of law of the land.
On March 24,2021, the Supreme Court of Liberia ruled in favor of madam Kanneh in a post-election violence case thereby mandating the National Elections Commission to proceed to announce the results of the Special Senatorial Election held in Gbarpolu County.
Madam Botoe Kanneh was the county’s only female candidate in the December 8, 2020, senatorial elections. Prior to the election controversy, madam Kanneh obtained 144 votes, thus making her the first female Senator of the County, but she was not announced due to a lawsuit filed against her by the ruling establishment Senatorial candidate- Alfred Koiwood.
The former chief justice had been struggling to defend her client’s interest in a heated legal crisis involving the CDC candidate Alfred Koiwood for the last two month.
Cllr. Scott used opportunity to appreciate the Supreme Court for its fair, imperial judgment and seeing the truth and uphold it without fear nor favor.”
She in the same vain, lauded, the women of Liberia who left their businesses, jobs, and families to ensure that the votes of a sister were protected.
At the conference she disclosed that what is happening is a start of the wrapper movement that will ensure women are represented at all levels of decision making.
Explaining the lappa movement, Cllr. Scott said: “During the war when the people were running and a pregnant woman is about to give birth, the women will use their lappa and surround their friend to ensure that she is not disgraced. Even when women are disgraced in public places, women used their lappa to cover their shame.”
Cllr. Scott indicated that after all the difficulties Madam Kanneh experienced in the just-ended elections, the women of Liberia decided to join her to ensure that justice got served saying; “The women believe that the courage of Madam Kanneh to stand up and compete with male politicians shows that she deserves the needed encouragement and support by other women,” Cllr. Scott said.
“Our appreciation goes especially to the underground supporters who are not only females but all males who wish well for Liberia and believe in the various democratic systems, truth and honestly not only at the Supreme Court, but at the National Election Commission,” Botoe’s lawyer added.
Accordingly; MaCdaella Cooper, Political Leader of the Movement for One Liberia (MOL) described the women’s movement as the ‘lappa revolution,’ which will ensure that women are represented at every level. She disclosed that Madam Kanneh has won and Gongloe-Weh still has her legal battle and requires the same support.
Madam Cooper asserted that the women of Liberia will not back off their support to female candidates until they achieve 50, 50 representation at all decision making levels of the country.
She lamented that the women of Liberia will hold together and tie wrapper around women not only during election, but anything that will cause a woman wrapper to lose.
At the same time, Julia Duncan-Cassell, former Minister of Gender said the idea of the women’s movement to ensure women’s political participation at all levels is not just about Kanneh and Gongloe-Weh, but to ensure that leadership is on a 50/50 basis.
She called on all political parties to include women on their ticket during every election, adding that when the Congress for Democratic Change was in opposition, all of the women that contested on their ticket won and led differently.