The Sierra Leone Association of Journalists (SLAJ) has strongly condemned an alleged threat against the life of its president, Umaru Fofana, by persons suspected to be supporters of erstwhile Minister of Fisheries and Marine Resources, Haja Afsatu Kabba whilst the former minister has distanced herself completely from such actions.
The alleged threat followed Mrs Kabbaís appearance in a Freetown court on May 5th 2010 on corruption allegations when her alleged supporters, rained insults on Umaruís mother and threatened to burn his house and kill him.
Fofana, who also reports for the BBC World Service, was in the company of other journalists and reported that he did not reply but walked faster to his car and drove off.
"This is not the first time that supporters of Mrs Kabba have attacked me. During her initial indictment, some of her supporters again rained insults on my mother and one even sent an object at me which did not hit me", Mr Fofana says. "In a country where jobless bandits are all over the place ready and willing to wreak havoc for money, I am concerned about my safety and security and will soon make an official complaint to the Inspector General of Police", Fofana says.
It will be recalled that Mr. Umaru Fofana incurred the wrath of many people when he broadcasted a false report against Mrs. Kabba over the BBCís popular Focus on Africa Programme on February 16th 2010. Despite repeated requests for him to retract that false broadcast, he has never done so.
However, despite her displeasure with Mr. Fofanaís refusal to retract the false broadcast against her person, sources close to the indicted former Minister inform Awareness Times that upon hearing the news last evening, she expressed "deep concern" over the report of such threats being allegedly made on a journalist and has totally distanced herself from such. "If it is true then it must be condemned. We understand Umaru Fofana says he cannot identify the people whom he alleges to have threatened his life; albeit my mother is distancing herself from any such actions or threats. Haja Afsatu Kabba is a devout Muslim and will never be a party to such nefarious actions," Nfaji Kabba, the eldest son of Mrs. Afsatu Kabba told Awareness Times last night.
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