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APC Women & Youths Warn Zainab Bangura
By Augustine Samba & Bampia Bundu
Apr 20, 2010, 15:32
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Students and Female members of the ruling All Peoples Congress (APC) party of Sierra Leone have yesterday April 19th 2010 issued strict warnings to Foreign Minister Zainab Hawa Bangura to restrain her Ministrys so-called Spokesman, Abdulai Bayraytay, from using insulting language against Haja Afsatu Kabba, their partys strongest and most popular female member.

The women, students and other APC supporters stormed the frontage of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs & International Cooperation with their Banners and Placards singing songs in support of Haja Afsatu Kabba and against Foreign Office Spokesman Abdulai Bayraytay which latter person, had stated Haja Afsatu Kabba was "a political bigot" amongst other similar unwarranted insults.

APC Women demonstrate at Foreign Office warning Zainab to stop the insults!

One of the chants went thus:

"Zainab, oosai you bin dey wey Haja Afsatu dey suffer under rain for APC?
Zainab oosai you bin dey wey Haja Afsatu dey suffer inside canoe for APC?
Zainab oosai you bin dey wey Haja Afsatu dey courage APC pan Opposition?"

Another of the songs said
Haja Afsatu hold you heart
We know oodat dem all tie for you
But the possin dem all go loose am!

Another of the songs said
Haja Afsatu cold you heart
We dey for you tiday
We dey for you tomara
We dey for you tay gooooooooo!!!

The massive crowd of supporters were angry over recent newspaper interviews granted by the said Abdulai Bayraytay in which he roundly insulted Haja Afsatu Kabba forgetting that he was himself a beneficiary of the selfless sacrifice of Haja Afsatu Kabba that brought this Government to power.

Haja Afsatu Kabba waves as she passes in front of the Foreign Office yesterday

Zainab Bangura, through her Spokesman Bayraytay in the said interviews also condemned Sylvia Blyden, the Publisher of this newspaper. Bayraytay used extremely insulting language against Blyden and made up guttersnipe allegations in a suspected bid to intimidate her from defending the right of Haja Afsatu Kabba to publicity of her professed innocence.

All these insults against Sylvia Blyden and Afsatu Kabba was under the guise of Abdulai Bayraytay defending his irregular deployment at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as Foreign Office Spokesman which had been uncovered to have been a most irregular employment.

The APC Women and APC Youths also sang songs in support of Sylvia Blyden right in front of the Foreign Ministry at the same time as they were singing against Zainab Banguras Spokesmans insults of Haja Afsatu Kabba.

"Sylvia Blyden, Keep the Fire Burning!," the massive crowd of APC supporters sang out a popular refrain from social singer Emmerson Bockarie.

Reacting to the warning sent to Zainab Bangura in front of Banguras offices yesterday during which APC women dressed in red and white, surrounded Banguras official black Prado Jeep with number MFAIC, Sylvia Blyden who was seated in her own private Mercedes Benz car numbered SOB-710 told journalists it was "poetic justice".

"God is a great God. APCs Foreign Minister Zainab Bangura, indirectly through her Spokesman, has repeatedly used the vilest possible insults against me as a woman in this country but today she has been sent a strong message in defence of me by ruling APC Women. This is poetic justice," Sylvia Blyden said, adding "No-one and nothing will intimidate me from continuing to expose the gross corruption of Zainab Bangura. Right now, I am investigating so much more allegations of her corrupt acts affecting not only the Ministry but affecting deserving students".

It will be recalled that this newspaper has been publicizing just how Zainab Bangura and her husband Sheki Bangura were involved in corruption that the Anti Corruption Commission led by her protg Abdul Tejan-Cole, was seemingly blind to. As a result, our Publisher had come under fierce sponsored media attacks which had left her undaunted but focused on bringing out the ACCs inconsistency in the fight against corruption in the country. Just last weekend, Zainab Bangura was the perceived beneficiary of threats made against Sylvia Blyden all over the Internet warning Blyden to stop reporting on Zainab Banguras corruption.

Meanwhile, Haja Afsatu Kabba, in a bid to bring the mammoth crowd under control, had moved from the Law Courts Building to Victoria Park Grounds where she thanked the crowd before dispersing them and going back home. It was whilst the crowd had been moving from Law Courts to Victoria Park that the supporters decided to stop in front of Foreign Office, surround the Foreign Ministers Black Jeep and send their warning messages out in songs and prose that it was bitterly unfair and a sign of sheer ungratefulness for Zainab Banguras Spokesman to publicly insult Haja Afsatu Kabba as a "political bigot" when Haja Afsatu Kabba had done him no wrong.

Many of the APC Women and APC Youths however blame their APC Party Leader, His Excellency President Koroma, for continuing to allow a man like Bayraytay to insult strong women in the country under the guise of Foreign Office Spokesman. They believe the Presidents recent apology to the Women of Sierra Leone has been turned into a mockery by Bayraytays unwarranted insults of a strong woman like Haja Afsatu Olayinka Kabba.


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