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Liberian women angry with Laymah Gbowee

By Jos Garneo Cephas and Benjamin S. Taingay
Una Thompson
Una Thompson

(lbsonline / Liberia) – Various women organizations in Liberia say recent statement by one of Liberia’s Nobel Peace Laureates is unfortunate.

Madam Leymah Gbowee’s statement preceded her resignation as Chairperson of the National Peace and Reconciliation Commission.

On behalf of the women group, Una Kumbah Thompson reaffirmed their support to President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf saying: “Ms. Gbowee’s statement is wrong and is an attempt to cast show-down on the President”.

Ms. Thompson made the comment in a position statement presented the Liberian leader in Monrovia recently.

She said: “It is unfortunate, because our traditional and cultural values require not just paying respect to others, but to the office of the statement presented the Liberian leader in Monrovia recently.

She said: “It is unfortunate, because our traditional and cultural values require not just paying respect to others, but to the office of the statement presented the Liberian leader in Monrovia recently.

She said: “It is unfortunate, because our traditional and cultural values require not just paying respect to others, but to the office of the Presidency, in particular”.

Madam Gbowee made her resignation public through an interview with the BBC and the London Telegraph.

She said: “I will now embark on fighting injustices and on bringing about peace to the Liberian people, as not enough is being done for national healing”.

The Nobel Peace Laureate said: “I feel being a disappointment to myself and to Liberia for not taking President Sirleaf to task earlier”.

She told the BBC hat she feel being a disappointment, because according to her: “Not speaking is as bad as being a part of the system”.

“We believe in freedom of speech, the tenets of good governance, and collectively we hold the conscience of society and speak on issues at the appropriate forum when need be”, Ms. Thompson also said.

According to the women group: “Madam Gbowee enjoyed President Johnson-Sirleaf’s confidence and had unhindered access to the President”, she said.

The women told the Liberian leader: “Gbowee’s action is meant to cast a negative shadow, not only on you, but on the image that you have been trying to rebuild for a country known, in the past decades, for war and destruction, and striving to develop a peaceful and reconciled Liberia”.

“Our presence here today demonstrates our trust in your leadership. Our country continues to be faced challenges and we recognize the daunting challenges to your administration”.

In response, Preside3nt Johnson-Sirleaf told the women: “I appreciate you all and I thank you for coming to greet me.

Thanks for your strong statement of solidarity and support”.

 


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