As he struggles to clear himself of child abuse (sodomy) allegation, the National Animator of the Liberian Youth Network or LIYONET, Mr. MawoloTarnueKpadeh has been immediately suspended as board chair of the organization.
LIOYNET took the decision following his indictment for allegedly sodomizing a 16-year-old boy in Margibi County. Mr. Kpadeh was arrested recently by the Liberia National Police for interrogation after he allegedly had sex with the teenage lad.
Addressing a press conference on Tuesday, 1Novembe at LIYONET offices in Kakata, Margibi County, Executive Director Urias W. Brooks said the board of animators in keeping with the origination’s ‘zero tolerance’ policy on child abuse, the board endorsed with immediate effect, the suspension of suspect Kpadeh, disclosing that Mrs. Ernree B. Neeplo has been appointed to act in the position.
He said this will enable the organization to focus on its priorities and continue to serve the needs of young people across the country. Mr. Brooks said it is with deep regret that the Board of Animators, staff and volunteers of the Liberian Youth Network (LIYONET) learned about the alleged involvement of the National Animator (Board Chair) MawoloTarnueKpadeh in the sodomization of a minor in Margibi County.
He noted that as a National Non-Governmental Organization, they believe in human rights, protection of children, young people and all persons in accordance with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights to which LIYONET’s program objectives subscribe.
He added that it is a challenge for them at LIYONET to comprehend how and why Mr. Kpadeh got involved with such a grave accusation, but noted that records show that the suspended Board Chair has over the past years worked with children and youth across Liberia with no previous account of child abuse.
However, Brooks assured the public that as a law-abiding institution, they look forward to the legal system where Mr. Kpadeh will have his day in court to answer to the charges brought against him.
By Ramsey N. Singbeh, Jr. in Margibi-Editing by Jonathan Browne