Several of citizens of Bong County have rebuffed media reports linking one of the county’s lawmakers, Prince Moye, to statutory rape.
A local newspaper recently published a report alleging that Rep. Moye raped a teenager in the Rock Hill Community on the Monrovia/Robertsfield highway.
Most citizens in Gbarnga interviewed by reporters described the allegation against the lawmaker as “baseless and yet another calculated ploy by Moye’s political detractors.”
David Karchue, Commissioner of the county’s Electoral District #2, traced Rep. Moye’s upbringing to a humble beginning, noting that such a person will never commit a crime such as rape.
“The first day I heard the report, I laughed. Rep. Moye has been living in this district since birth and not a day did we hear any crime against his character–least to mention him allegedly committing rape.
“The woman he loved when he became a mature person is the same woman he is married to and they are living happily today. To say Rep. Moye that we know is involved in raping a minor, I take serious exception to the report,” Karchue said.
Deborah Clarke, another Electoral District #2 resident, said the report is a blatant lie against “my lawmaker, which I strongly feel is the Peoples’ Daily newspaper’s own way to blackmail responsible citizens.”
Deborah wants Rep. Moye to pursue the matter to its legal end.
Weah Sonnah, a resident of Electoral District #3, feels the report has a political undertone designed by Moye’s would-be rivals.
In an interview with this newspaper, he said: “As we move toward the upcoming elections, we will see many such blackmailers. But no amount of blackmailing will stop our support for this promising young leader of our time.”
Obediah Weahweah, a native of Zota District said: “This is sad, because we know Rep. Moye to be a man of high moral standing; we believe in him and we will stand with him, no matter any amount of lies published against his character.”
Rep. Moye has since April 22 officially communicated with Montserrado County Attorney Cllr. J. Daku Mulbah, Gender Minister Julia Ducan-Cassell, the President of the Female Lawyers Association and the Acting Police Director at the time on what he terms as a “complete blackmail” designed by an unknown person to implicate his name in a rape case that does not exist at all, but is only intended to destroy his hard-earned reputation.