Following the rise of Theresa May as the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, the second woman to have ever held such position in the politics of UK and the fact that Hilary Clinton is the first woman ever to be nominated to become Presidential Candidate for a political party in the United States, Sierra Leoneans are beginning to talk about having a woman president in Sierra Leone in 2018
The names that have been coming up for such position include: Zainab Hawa Bangura, United Nations Gender Advisor, Hon. Bernadette Lahai, the Minority Leader in Parliament, Sylvia O Blyden, the Minister of Social Welfare, Gender and Children Affairs; Christiana Thorpe, the Former Chief Electoral Commission, now Deputy Minister of Education and Diana Khonomanyi. SALONE TIMES interview several Sierra Leoneans particularly women at various places across the country and many of them have varied opinion.
Most of the women believed that the time is now ripe for Sierra Leone to have woman as President as according to them the men have failed the country woefully.
“ Since Independence men have been on top of the affairs of the state of Sierra Leone and if the country is not moving forward is because men have failed us,” Mary Robert a student said.
Fatu Turay a trader told SALONE TIMES that even at the house most men abandoned the family and it is the women that will normally run the home, adding that if they have failed at national level, them women most be given chance.
70% of the women SALONE TIMES interviewed ticked Zainab Hawa Bangura as the most experienced and qualified woman for President.
They mentioned that her down to earth attitude to the common women and the fact that she was a vanguard for the return of democracy and strong fighter against corruption.
About 40% women believed that Bernadette Lahai is more fit to be President and slightly above 35 percent favoured Christian Thorpe.
Only 5 and 2% believed that Diana Khnonomanyi and Sylvia Blyden respectively have what it takes to be President.