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Deputy Minister Under Attack
By Abdul Fonti
Nov 3, 2009, 17:06
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It is no hidden secret in Sierra Leone that dynamic and genuine patriots of the country will be targets of the "Pull Him Down" (PHD) strategy. The latest prey of the PHD strategy is the Deputy Minister of Health and Sanitation, Mohamed Daudis Koroma.

It is also no secret that the youthful and dynamic Deputy Health Minister is hated in various government circles for his "no nonsense" stances in upholding a corrupt free society. Unconfirmed reports have it that a group of government ministers and other functionaries are more than determined to soil the hard won reputation of Mr. Mohamed Daudis Koroma.

It has also been learnt from reliable State House sources that certain ministers (names withheld for now) have in recent times "bombarded" and constantly tormented His Excellency the President Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma with all sorts of false, malicious and defamatory accusations against the Deputy Health Minister. It has also been reliably gathered that the aforesaid gang of ministers are jittery because of the role the Deputy Minister, who is believed to be President Koromas blue-eyed boy, is playing in unearthing nefarious acts in various ministries, departments and agencies.

It is worthy to note that the occurrences of such are not new in the history of Sierra Leone politics. It happened during the Tejan Kabba era, thus contributing to the demise of the Sierra Leone Peoples Party (SLPP) in the 2007 Presidential and Parliamentary elections. The PHD strategy succeeded in totally separating the team that brought the SLPP to power.

If the same line of attack that crippled the SLPP starts to unfold among the rank and file of the APC, then there is a compelling cause for concern.

There is not an iota of doubt that Mohamed D. Koroma has won himself uncountable accolades in this short period of his entry into the centre stage of politics. Initially, his critics thought he was incapable of performing the task assigned to him by the President, but he succeeded in proven otherwise. He started proving himself as a force to reckon with since he first step his feet into the building of the office of the Ministry of Information and Communications. He made his mark in that Ministry and that convinced the President to move him to the Ministry of Health and Sanitation. In that Ministry also, he has, and continue to perform exemplarily well.

Proving the Presidents judgment as positive, Mohamed Daudis Koroma is always at the forefront of putting the health sector in a proper footing. If people are envy of that, its high time they started realizing that Mohamed Daudis Koroma is a grassroot person that knows the problems of the country long before he was appointed as a Minister. His journalism background has also proved of great advantage in his pursuit. He is within the information network that is supportive to the development of the country.

His on-the-spot visits to Hospitals, Clinics and Medical Centers across the country, in order to ensure the welfare of hospitalized persons, have been imitated by several other government functionaries. He is also quick to order the destruction of non consumable products, not to talk of closing fake and unregistered medical centers and other clandestine health centres.

Amidst the recent moves to tarnish his reputation, a close aid to the Deputy Health and Sanitation Minister has informed this writer that Mr. Koroma is now more than ever determine to continue his service to his nation without fear or favour.


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