COMIC Pastor insists he is not guilty after he was recently cautioned by the police for allegedly abusing his former wife.
He knows that, as a role model, his fans don’t expect such allegations being levelled against such a high-profile figure.
He revealed he had nothing to fear when he handed himself to the police.
He knows that such allegations can have a serious career-threatening impact on someone whose career deserves public sympathy and support.
He knows many of his peers have lost their endorsement deals after being sucked into such cases.
The damning allegations against the Comic Pastor came at a time when we are marking the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence.
This is the right period for all of us to unite in advocating for the rights of women and the girl-child.
Activists are once again demanding that women’s rights be observed every day to ensure that we make the world a better place to live in.
Comic Pastor, who insists he is clean, something we should give him the freedom to don because he is yet to be convicted of any offence, knows his case has attracted a huge chunk of the country’s population.
He, and his former wife, are the only ones who know the truth.
The ball is in their court to set the record straight about what really happened or was happening.
Women who report fake domestic violence abuse allegations should face the music.
There are some people who are already ganging up against Comic Pastor’s former wife and they are now accusing her of being an attention-seeker.
They claim that such jilted lovers can do anything to tarnish the image of their former partners.
We have no reason to believe them, as a newspaper, but what we know is that the truth always comes out, one way or the other.
As a newspaper we have taken a stance against domestic violence.
We have no apologies to make when it comes to that and we have shamed many a devil, including some people who thought they were very powerful and their imaginary power would provide cover for them.
We know it’s a responsibility we have, as the people’s newspaper, to attack such vices. It’s a role we have to shame those who would be found guilty of being perpetrators of domestic violence.
We are not alone in this.
In 2009, our colleagues in the United States led the way in exposing Chris Brown who was punished for assaulting his then girlfriend, Rihanna.
Chris Brown, one of the best musicians in the world today, was sentenced to five years of probation and performed community service.
Locally, many people are dying in silence but don’t have the guts to expose their victims.
Many would rather conceal such issues to safeguard their marriages, or relationships, when considerable harm is being inflicted on them.
Love is not worth dying for especially when the other part is violent.
Violence should be condemned in its strongest terms and safeguard our women.