In expressing their anger over alleged utterances made on radio by the Resident Minister East Karamoh Kabba in Koidu town on 27th July 2016, 50 women’s group in Kono district have signed a position paper calling on the President to sack him.
A total of Three Hundred and Forty-Six (346) women from Fifty women’s organizations in the district from Women in Need of Development, the Soweis, Councillors, Teachers, to 50/50 group, Kono Women in Governance, Women for Rights, students, house wives, traders union, Concern Women, and Women in Action for Peace, among others, have signed a position paper and officially handed over to the Senior District Officer (SDO) for onward delivery to the President calling for the immediate sacking of Karamoh Kabba, Resident Minister East for what they described as ‘disrespect for womanhood.’
In their position paper which was addressed to His Excellency the President Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma, through the SDO Kono, the women stated that, “Following the unfortunate statement and insults made by the Minister of State East Mr. Karamoh Kabba on the Sierra Leone Broadcasting Corporation (SLBC 90.2) Kono, on 27th July 2016, around the hours of 10:00-11:00pm, we the women of Kono District view it with great concern the manner in which a public servant (Minister) can go over the national medium to insult his own people (mothers, aunts, sisters, wives etc.) whom he has sworn to protect.”
The letter went on that, “We the women of Kono district condemn this act and view it not only as unprofessional or unfortunate, but also as gross abuse of human rights and disrespect for womanhood,” they pointed out.
The women went ahead in citing that, “…when the former Minister of Social Welfare Gender and Children’s Affairs Mr. Moijue Kaikai and his deputy Ibrahim Bai Atila insulted each other, they were dismissed for abuse of office with immediate effect.”
Their letter further that, “…..residents of Kono district are aware of the fact that these occurrences are tarnishing the good image of our beloved country so stringent measures should be taken against the Resident Minister to deter such ugly incidence as he should not be a sacred cow. Therefore, we are calling on your office Sir, to relive the Minister off his duties with immediate effect for such abuse of a national office otherwise, the women of Kono district will take to the street demonstrating against the Minister’s retention in office,” it ended.
When contacted the Senior District Officer for Kono Bockarie Ibrahim Safa Kalleh confirmed to Awoko Newspaper that he had received the signed position paper from cross section of women organizations in the district for onward delivery to President Koroma.