A huge cross section of the physically challenged in Freetown have stormed this newspaperís offices yesterday 12th May 2010 in Freetown to express their preparedness "to die" in order to see that the rights of former minister of Fisheries and Marine Resource, Haja Afsatu Kabba, is upheld according to the National Constitution & Sierra Leone Laws.
Haja Afsatu Kabba is currently standing trial for corruption related offences at the High Court of Sierra Leone but vehemently protests innocence.
One of the reasons advanced for such loyalty according to the Disables was that among all of the present cabinet ministers, the erstwhile Fisheries Minister stood tall in not only ensuring the promotion of their welfare but in her motherly approach.
One Mr. Sulaiman Kallon who led the agitators to the Awareness Times offices yesterday, disclosed that long before she became a minister, when she was still an ordinary opposition parliamentarian, Hon. Haja Afsatu Kabba in collaboration with a few others, used to do "everything humanly possible in ensuring that homeless disabled in Freetown enjoyed their rights to food, shelter, education and employment among others".
"In a country with severe economic and social challenges facing us as physically challenged, Haja Afsatu Kabbaís numerous interventions made us consider her as a role model and political icon for whom we have unreserved loyalty which is why we have come to Awareness Times to have you state this for us to the world," emphasized Sulaiman. The Physically challenged who stormed the Law Courts in several dozens at the last hearing, went on to express "pain" over journalists publishing that they had been paid by Haja Afsatu.
"Even when Judiciary illegally closed Law Courts and drove us away we did not leave because it was not money that took us there but love. Haja Kabba is one of the personalities that remain steadfast in seeing to the welfare of us Disables even where the Ernest Koroma led government as an entity itself seems to have failed in the enactment of the National Disability Act as mandated by the United Nations Convention on rights of disabled persons," he said.
The Disables promise to be in Court at next sitting.
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