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Humour: Umaru Fofana & 16 Others vote to "Expel" from an over 600-strong SLAJ membership
By Sylvia Blyden
Oct 19, 2012, 17:13
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STORY TIME!! STORY TIME!! My people, come around. I have a story to tell you all. We are living in interesting times. My dear people, with a general membership of well over 600 (SIX HUNDRED) SLAJ members, the embattled SLAJ president Umaru Fofana was not ashamed to have only 29 (twenty nine) people attend his summoned SLAJ meeting yesterday morning and therein call for a vote to "expel" Sylvia Blyden from SLAJ. This is the second time he is calling for such a move. The first time was over the IMC's illegality. He did not succeed back then.

 

Yesterday, most Freetown journalists were at Waterloo and with a two days notice, the provincial journalists could not make it. My crime this time? Umaru Fofana says I should be expelled for publishing the truth about the infighting and disgraceful wahala that has hit SLAJ including the police invitation for the SLAJ Vice-President and SLAJs erroneous claim that they had "reached agreement" with President Koroma (the Head of State) for SLAJ to lead the hosting of a presidential debate. Also, the witty coverage of the lobbing of insults at each other by SLAJ executive members did not go down well with PA.O.PA FOFANA.

 

PHOTO SHOWS CURRENT STATE OF SLAJ AS NEW MEMBERS ARE WELCOMED INTO THE LAND OF PA.O.PA FOFANA WHICH HAS A UNIQUE FORM OF FREE SPEECH. In that land, you can say anything so long it is not highlighting any of SLPP & Maada Bio negatives.

 

Fofana does not dispute the veracity of my reports. He only says I had no right to subject SLAJ to ridicule with such TRUTHS. :-) THAT IS UMARU FOFANA STYLE FREE SPEECH FOR YOU!! :-) I guess this is just a gist of what to expect should PA.O.PA ever come to power. This is "freedom of speech"... Expel for publishing the TRUTH that SLAJ Vice-President has been invited to make a statement to the police about the kidnapping of a foreign journalist by the opposition.

 

Anyway, so they vote and 17 (yes, seventeen!) of Umaru's cronies voted to "expel Sylvia Blyden" whilst 10 of those present voted against expelling yours truly. The SLAJ Secretary-General Ismael Koroma and another person abstained from voting in protest at the procedure used which is totally ultra vires the SLAJ Constitution.

 

Anyway, 17 members out of over 600 members have voted to "expel" yours truly out of SLAJ for publicising the truth about SLAJ's infighting and lacklustre leadership taking the association to the dogs. Hmmm.Ar tire for laugh sef.  :-) :-) :-) :-) ;-) My phones have been ringing off the hook by angry SLAJ members from all over the country. My response to callers? Nothing to worry about... Umaru has little morals to speak of so only the ones he has been fooling will be surprised at this his self-demeaning gimmick.

 

 

If it had been me, I would have been too ashamed to even put such an issue to a vote at a meeting that was so widely boycotted by a 600-strong membership which can currently barely stand Umaru's leadership right now. But enti no to me? I have morals and self-integrity to boast of.

 

So, that's it folks, I have been "expelled" from Umaru-led SLAJ by a vote of 17 persons out of an over 600 membership.

As I keep on telling everybody who calls me, we cannot afford to be distracted by this. We strode past the IMC plot and we should also stride past this one and remain focused. Let's keep our eyes on the bigger picture which is my service in journalism to the Nation at this pivotal point that PA.O.PA wants to hijack the Nation.

 

We will talk about SLAJ shenanigans after November 17th. :-) ;-)

 

Cheers!

Dr. Sylvia Olayinka Blyden


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