Freetown mayoress pumped-up for work after physical attack

Yvonne Aki Sawyerr, the mayoress of Sierra Leone’s capital, Freetown, says she is back on her feet after an attack earlier this week.

According to her, a suspect had been identified and duly handed over to the police. She stressed that the need to transform Freetown was her focus.

Writing on her official Twitter handle, she said: “Thanks so much for your overwhelming support & good wishes. Suspect now identified & details passed to police. Back on my feet & focused on task to !”

Sawyerr made history in March 2018 when she won the mayoress slot for the capital. She became the second woman to occupy the post but first in over three decades.

Her victory was on the ticket of the then ruling All People’s Congress (APC). The attack of early this week was roundly condemned by journalists, politicians and human rights activists.

Since her elevation to the post, two other African capitals have also elected female mayors. Gambia’s Banjul elected Rohey Malick Rowey – it’s first in history.

Rwanda’s Kigali also recently picked 46-year-old economist, Marie Chantal Rwakazina, as mayoress of one of the cities considered as a very organized one across the continent.



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