Heritage (Monrovia)

15 January 2013

Liberia: CT Com Denies Special Committee Report

The Management of CT Com through its Executive has refuted report of physical molestation and abuse as contained in the final report of the special committee set up to probe the controversial Miss Liberia 2012 Beauty Pageant.

It can be recalled that sometimes ago, the Government of Liberia (GOL) cancelled the results of the Miss Liberia 2012 beauty pageant which was held on April 14, 2012 due to controversy surrounding the actual winner of the contest.

The special investigative committee set up by the Government of Liberia (GoL), as part of its recommendations, called for the investigation of Mr. Onanuga for alleged charges of abuse and molestation raised by the contestants.

The pageant, which was organized by CT. Com and headed by Mr. Christopher Hayes Onanuga, took place at the Executive Pavilion in Monrovia. Miss. Rachael Knowlden from Voinjama, Lofa County was declared the winner of the pageant by the organizers, but few hours later, international and local judges dissociated themselves from the pronouncement.

However, Mr. Onanuga has said that there is no iota of truth in that part of the committee's report. He made these comments at a news conference following the release of the final report of the special investigative committee. According to him, that part of the report by the committee is not only false and misleading, but has bracketed and equated beautiful Liberian ladies to sex workers.

This, according him, has the propensity to stigmatize Liberian women, especially beauty queens, as trading their dignity for sex, noting it has also broken their morale for any future participation. Hear Mr. Onanuga: "Either the committee did not work sincerely or that those so-called details are nothing but absolute concoctions by ghost contestants."

"This is unfortunate and serves as a psychological preclusion calculated and meted out against them by unsubstantiated corroborations by some members of the Committee," he among other things added.

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