Speaker Chambers Welcomes Death Punishment For Rapist By Mark Mengonfia- mmenginfia@gmain.com

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The Speaker of the 54th legislature has welcomed death penalty for rapist in the Liberian Republic.

Appearing on State radio on Thursday, Speaker Chambers said death penalty has not been domesticated by Liberia as it has been said by many Liberians.

The third person in command in the Liberian Republic said; “Liberia still has death penalty and if Liberians want it, it should be granted.”

According to him, many of those countries who are even calling for denouncing of death penalty even have tougher punishment against humanity.

He referenced the killings carried out in Iraq that those were punishment and ill-treatments that were not spoken against years back.

This is the third day running now, as Liberians are still in the streets seeking the attention of the George Weah led government on the increased of rape cases in Liberia.

The anti-rape protest lasted long because President Weah has been unable  to receive the petition from the petitioners, that angered them to have attempted to have gone to his home, but were resisted by authorities of the Liberia National Police.

Commenting on why the President has not shown up to receive the petition, Dr. Bhofal Chambers said those who have gone to present the petition have good notion, but there are people planned among them with different intention.  He did not elaborate.

“Liberians should not lose track of what they want to achieve” Speaker Chambers said.

He said the legislature has oversight over those adding that they as the people’s direct representatives have invited authorities of police, gender and other government institutions to speak to those issues many times.

The anti- rape protest caught the attention of former Liberian leader, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and joined in on the third day of the protest.

Ellen who is also a survivor of rape in Liberia was seen among the youthful protestors in solidarity  with them claimed the attention of President George Weah. Former President Sirleaf said she could not be seated home and sees citizens in the streets protesting against rape and cannot form part of it.

Also speaking, Rev. J. Luther Tarpeh called on President Weah to urgently address the Nationals on what he described as a menace and national emergency that is destroying the future leaders of the Country, Rape.“Act now President Weah, stop blaming opposition, Liberians want you to speak on the troubling issue of rape now”, Mr. Tarpeh re-emphasized

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Alphonso has  been in the profession for over twenty years. He has worked for many international media outlets including: West Africa Magazine, Africa Week Magazine, African Observer and did occasional reporting for CNN, BBC World Service, Sunday Times, NPR, Radio Deutchewells, Radio Netherlands. He is the current correspondent for Reuters. Mr. Toweh holds first MA with honors in International Relations and a candidate for second master in International Peace studies and Conflict Resolution.
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