SHOULDN’T JEAN MENSA BE PROTECTED LIKE CHARLOTTE OSEI BY WOMEN’S GROUPS?
The deafening silence of women’s groups over the threats of harm and death on the person of Jean Mensa mirrors the hypocrisy exhibited by these groups in the country.
When Charlotte Osei was threatened in the past, we had a sudden mushrooming of Queen Mothers Association, association of this women’s group and that one.
These groups were all over the country galvanizing support to hit the streets of Accra in solidarity with Charlotte Osei, the then Chairperson for the Electoral Commission.
We also had women and gender based groups chastising the person who was said to have issued those threats. Nana Oye-Lithur and her troops threatened a court action if the said comments were not retracted and an unqualified apology rendered.
The gravamen of their agitation was that one of them, a woman, was being mistreated by people who were chauvinistic in the course of her work. That, they said, deserved more than a mere attention and that they would go to any length to protect Charlotte Osei.
Jean Mensa, the Chairperson for the EC, is in dire straits. She is being hanged, drawn and quartered by a man who believes he could satisfy his sadistic desires and libidinous tendencies all in his attempts to ensure that John Mahama comes back to power.
In his ranting, Apostle Kwabena Owusu Adjei said that if Jean Mensa goes ahead to compile a new register, she would die at 12 midday.
These comments, these treasonous and murderous comments have gone unnoticed by these same women’s groups and gender advocates. It is as though these women who led those demonstrations have travelled to a different universe and cannot, therefore, act upon this matter.
Such an uncouth behaviour and its intended outcomes should not be countenanced in our political landscape.
The nagging question is, where are the women who fought for Charlotte Osei? Or we are to believe that Jean Mensa is an alien from Mars and should, therefore, not be fought for? Are these women not giving credence to the negative notion that women are their own enemies? If this is not the case, then Jean Mensa is also a woman and deserves to be protected by her siblings(women).
P.K.Sarpong, Whispers from the Corridors of the Thinking Place.