MONROVIA: Fatu Famatta Sirleaf, a female Representative Candidate of Gbarpolu District#1 has alarmed grossed violence meted against her allegedly by Zinnah Norma and his campaign team.
Both Sirleaf and Norma are vying for the Representative seat of District#1, Gbarpolu County, to replace incumbent Representative Alfred G. Koiwood who is seeking promotion as Senator of Gbarpolu County in the Presidential and representative elections slated for October this year.
In a formal communication addressed to both local and international organizations, including the Liberia National Elections Commission (NEC), United States Embassy, African Union, ECOWAS, Ministry of Justice, among others, she highlighted acts of intimidation allegedly perpetrated by Candidate Norma and his supporters against her recently at the UBA bank on Broad Street, on August 10th around 18:56 in Monrovia.
“Male representative’s candidates of District #1, Gbarpolu County, Mr. Zinnah Norma and his team saw my car parked in front of the bank premises and violently parked their vehicle in front of mine and started verbal confrontation in a provocative, uncivil, aloof and aggressive manner. They were very lousy and shouting at me,” she said in the communication, which copy is in position of the Independent Newspaper.
Candidate Zinnah Norma, after numerous calls placed by this paper, is yet to response.
The female candidate, however, said such action meted against her undermines democracy; freedom of speech, movement, and the rights of female’s candidates for national leadership as well as the most publicized Farmington River Agreement signed by various political parties for the crucial October polls.
Sirleaf: “There are security cameras at the bank which I am sure recorded this ugly incident. For God’s sake, we should be civil and respectful in discussing political issues especially in public spaces. All candidates have signed the Farmington River agreement against elections violence which must be respected by all contesting candidates.
She believed election is won at the ballot-box not by attacking opponents in public space, thereby calling on electorates in District #1 Gbarpolu County to decide who shall be their representative in October.
“It was a very terrifying experience which should not happen to a female. I hope this rebellious and reckless behavior should not happen again,
“His Excellency Dr. George Manneh Weah is the president of the Republic of Liberia and also an icon and a celebrity who images can be use in a positive way,” she noted.