Hon. Afsatu Kabba, like President Koroma when he first came into office, was unsure of the loyalty of many of the immediate civil servants working in her ministry and she had a mission to ensure she revamped the Marine Resources Ministry for the better. So, just like President Koroma had hired his youngest brother as his Personal Assistant back then, so also did Hon. Afsatu Kabba get her younger son as one of the trusted people to be one of her eyes in the Ministry.
However, as Afsatu Kabba has now settled in fully and understands the Ministryís operations; knowing who is loyal and who is disloyal to the cause of the APC Governmentís mission, she has realised people are not happy with what might be perceived as nepotism and so has asked her younger son to cease his temporary employment at the Ministry. It was the same way President Koroma also was to, several months after his swearing-in, ask his youngest brother to cease being his Personal Assistant when the President had fully settled into office and knew his way around.
However, many people have damned both the President and Afsatu Kabba for nepotism despite their understandable reasons given as excuses. They believe that neither the President nor Afsatu Kabba was different in this regard of employing their immediate relatives albeit on a temporary basis.
"Afsatu Kabba and Ernest Koroma are both the same and if any one damns the other one for the same act of nepotism, then it is just a case of the pot calling the kettle black," remarked a civil servant at the Establishment Secretaryís Offices.
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