Mob justice has no place in Sierra Leone – madam Fatima Bio must take note

Yankuba Kai Samba: Sierra Leone Telegraph: 5 July 2020:

Mob justice undermines the rule of law and makes the work of our police more difficult. Standing next to her husband – the president of Sierra Leone, Mrs Fatima Jabbie Bio two days ago,  called on people to ‘strip naked and beat up men accused of raping their girls before the police gets involved’.

This is outrageous, irresponsible and frankly unacceptable. The inspector of police should have a word with Fatima Bio.

Mob rule is violence, and it is  extra-judicial and has no regard for the functioning laws of the land.

Fatima Bio, being the ‘mother of Sierra Leone’, by virtue of her being the wife of the president, should be more responsible in her comments because her statements can influence the actions of  communities in society. Innocent people can get killed based on her call to violent action.

I don’t think beating an accused person before he is charged to court  should be part of our country’s civilisation and laws. The primacy of the rule of law is the rock of democracy and a stable society.

The presumption of innocence of an accused until proven guilty, in a court of law, is the  fundamental pillar of the country’s legal and justice system.

The first lady should advise herself of this fundamental principle of law: that no man or woman should be subjected to violence and other degrading treatments, whilst he maintain his innocence, until he is charged with the offence and convicted in a competent court of law.

Rape is a heinous crime second only to state corruption in my opinion. There are thousands of people in Sierra Leone, who are dying of hunger and treatable diseases because of state corruption in a day than rape victims dying in five years.

So we need to contextualise the gravity of both these heinous crimes to guide the appropriate policies.

Tackling these two greatest menaces in Sierra Leone is not through the application of violence, but a critical examination of why Sierra Leone society has degenerated into a stage where there are no longer values placed upon, nor respect for the rule of law and its enforcement.

The solutions could be found in the following:

1) the right national leadership with the knowledge, experience and honesty to transform the socio-economic systems of the country.

2) rape and corruption should be made mandatory extra-curricular subjects taught in all level of our educational establishment from primary to university education.

3), all girls and boys should be told of their rights and boundaries vis a vis how to behave with each other . My discussion with lawyers in Kenema  revealed  the fact that most of the rape cases they dealt  with in court were between boys and girls in schools.

4), Sierra Leone needs to define rape to take account of the complexities of the cultural, customary practices and beliefs that encourage and promote early marriage, sexual violence and abuse.

5) Government to criminalise the family mediation that is designed to stop a rape case brought to court, as this is obstruction of justice. This  further encourages rape, since the perpetrator  knows that he can get away with it, when the matter is settled out of court.

6) poverty, joblessness and lack of opportunities must command urgency in government’s annual  budget, to spread wealth across the country.   Anecdotal evidence suggests parents either give  blind eye to or actively encouraged their teenage or underage girls into early marriage, or enter into sexual relationship with far older men for family financial support.

During my tour of the Nongowa villages during my chieftaincy campaign, some women proposed to me to take their virgin daughter as my wife. It’s not a joke. And I found it rather sad.

7) government to establish after school youth clubs and centres to engage young girls in developing their awareness and understanding of their rights to their bodies and gender, as well as personal responsibility.

8) government to allocate 25 percent of all the external budgetary support  that it has received to strengthen the institutions and agencies, including the Family support unit of the police division to come up with programs that will not only stop rape against women, but to provide practical support for the victims. Therapy to relieve trauma, because rape is deeply traumatic, and provide safety through secured  accommodations.

I believe these measures will help establish the contextual  framework of policy initiatives and directives to give the public education needed, the practical support needed by rape victims and overall introduced greater awareness of violence and sexual violence against girls and women.

Violence against the accused and extra judicial action is totally unacceptable in modern society.

7 Comments

  1. Well in case you would still like to know I do not drive a car presently. My girlfriend does that kind of driving; I am a proud owner of a Kawasaki Ninja H29 that I bought solely for the purposes of outrunning the snail-slow frivolous criminal SLPP cabal; I enjoy leaving those dummies behind in the dust.(lol) Go right ahead and support them, but we warned – The SLPP is a failed party that cannot tell the difference between an ordinary sneeze and a regular cough; it is overcrowded like bees on a honeycomb with opportunists and vampires sucking the meager resources of our fragile struggling nation dry.

  2. Mr. Matturi, if you really comprehend and understand all my answers your understanding will tell you the essence of everything I noted. Complain? I believe you were shocked not expecting that kind of response. Let the reality speak for itself, it’s not fair in any civilized society, people just woke up in the morning having nothing to do, and started insulting his/her highest man in the land’s wife on social media. This is what I said, is that what you call a complain?

    First of all we have to respect women as a whole, let alone the first lady of the land. Let me affirm this to you. I am not an SLPP neither APC nor NGC period. I don’t know for how long you struggled to get your education. Please brother you’re a very intelligent person in writing, use your knowledge wisely with wisdom. Later

  3. Of course we are watching; and cautiously observing also how you and other SLPP supporters on this glorious forum, never cease to annoyingly and shockingly profess with arrogance and pomposity since your inglorious SLPP took over power, that you guys are now the BIG DEAL in our fragile struggling nation. Imagine that (lmao). SLPP tribalists that do not know even the simple rudiments,essentials and basics of law;that put carts overloaded with ideas and priorities before the horses that pull them, are here daily blowing loud irritating trumpets. Indeed, empty vessels are always known to make the most noise.

    • STARGAZER, it seems to me like you’re stepping on the wrong pedal. I don’t know what type of vehicle you are operating, whether 5 speed or automatic transmission, you’ve got to know the difference between the gas,brake and the clutch. In this noble platform I hope and pray that we are here to educate one another, not Express attitude or to introduce evil character. STARGAZER, you’re more than welcome to criticize the gov’t and say whatever you like. Nobody will control your mouth, but my only advise to you is, do not attack me.

      You might express your frustration because I don’t know why you guys are frustrated to date. Also I want to assure you that, I’m not an SLPP member for now. STARGAZER, brother let’s entertain but not insult. I don’t want us to go down that route please. If you can’t create a meaningful word that will benefit the nation, keep quiet – don’t ever attack me again. I gave an appropriate response to Sahr Matturi because he asked me to do so. May God continue to bless Sierra Leone.

  4. This is one of the fundamental difference between you and I, Mr. Sahr Matturi. Okay now let’s assume that the first lady H.E. Madam (Bio) was wrong, which of course she’s not. Will this warrant you to insult her and use indecent and vulgar language on her, saying “senseless stuff, outrageous, irresponsible, reckless?” I am not related to this woman neither have I met her ever in my life time. If she was one of your family members, what would be your reaction Mr. Sahr Matturi? Please tell me.

    Using the words “she was the founder and advocate” doesn’t mean that she is no longer active brother. Now let me ask you this simple question – if you tell me that you were born in Sierra Leone, does that mean you are no longer a Sierra Leonean? Mr. Matturi, the first lady is the founder of the program (hands off our girls) and she still active, that’s why the whole world supported her mission. Hope I answered your question. Yes of course to mob someone who raped and kill my daughter, deserves even more than mob, let’s go to the Moses law (eye for an eye).

    Watch some of your language, advocate of JUNTA/JUNGLE law, brother Matturi, what do you mean? Explain please. Mr. Maturri, I hope that the readers and Mr. Rashid Thomas are watching your language here in this noble platform. Not a day an encouraging words will come from you towards this Bio and his administration – none. We have defined our constitution as “a system of laws, customs and conventions through which the country is governed”. God does really protect out constitution brother. Also I would like you to use wisdom. When asking, do not challenge or tell someone – “reply me here quickly”. If you take your time in approaching someone, not only respect you will earn but also honor as well. May God protect Sierra Leone.

    • Mr Brima Sesay is complaining instead of answering to very simple questions. No need to further engage with you Mr. Brima Sesay. Writing three paragraphs story and taking ages to reply to very simple questions? Sorry Mr Brima Sesay. Hear Mr Brima Sesay, somewhere on planet earth telling me about relation or no relation with other people. Good night Mr Brima Sesay and may God help you.

  5. I like to mention another point on this topic. Since thousands of years women and girls are disadvantaged and exploited in all matters as human creatures of second class. The man is dominating up to now. God is a man. Eva and the fall of man. And this discrimination of woman has its background not only in the christian religion. Look at the arabic countries or india. We can only change this behavior with all encompassing enlightenment and education starting as early as possible.

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