Youth advocate and Nobel Peace Prize winner, Abraham Keita, has led a group of young protesters on the grounds of the Capitol Building, home of the Liberian Legislature, calling the arrest of Grand Gedeh County electoral district#2 Representative Morais T. Wailey for alleged rape.
Keita emphasizes that the protest at the Capitol is to send a strong message to lawmakers here that the youth were sick and tired of the many injustices in the society, and to specifically bring to the attention of the House of Representatives Rep. Wailey’s alleged abuse of a 13-year-old girl sexually in Grand Gedeh County.
Speaking in an interview with reporters on Tuesday, 23 May at the Capitol, he recalls another alleged rape case involving the President of the Liberia National Student Union (LINSU) Varney AlieuJarsey, who allegedly raped a 16-yearold girl and was apprehended by the police and sent to court, pending trial.
He continues that similar rape case has come forth with the alleged involvement pf Rep. Morais T. Wailey of Grand Gedeh, but the issue was being ignored or swept under the carpet.
Keita vows that the youth will not rest until justice prevails for the minor, because if other alleged rapists were arrested, charged and sent to court, similar action should be taken against Rep. Wailey, because he is not above the law.
In response, Representative Byron W. Zahnwea of Rivercess County electoral district #2, thanked the young people for the peaceful protest, assuring them that he would take the message to full plenary of the House of Representatives for necessary step to be taken.
For his part, Rep. Wailey denies his involvement in alleged rape, and claims this was a misinformation campaign, arguing that firstly, he is too old to look for woman.The Grand Gedeh lawmaker claims the report is a complete lie, challenging his accusers to take the alleged victim to court to prove the allegation.
By Bridgett Milton-Editing by Jonathan Browne