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Isha Johansen, Corruption & the Court of Public Opinion
By Chernor Ojuku Sesay
Sep 9, 2016, 17:06
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What a country we live in!!

In Sierra Leone, always pray not to get an invitation from the Anti Corruption Commission. The immediate response from the court of public opinion is to find you guilty of corruption and demand your jail sentence without any trial in a competent court of law.

 

Your detractors will start calling you derogatory names to demean your personality and character. This is sickening and heart wrenching to say the least.


Isha Johansen, the strong female President of Sierra Leone Football Association

 

Sierra Leoneans must understand that, no one, and I mean no one has the right to call somebody a criminal, when that person has never been found guilty of any criminal act in a competent court of law.

 

Madam Isha Johansen, Brima Mazola Kamara and Chris Kamara were yesterday invited by the ACC to respond to questions relating to monies received and expended by the SLFA, which is very normal. The ACC did not say these people are guilty of any corrupt act. Never! But the detractors think it is now their field day to cast aspersions on Isha and the SLFA.

 

I have one conviction, Madam Isha Johansen is not a poor woman by any standard. Madam Isha Johansen is from a well-to-do family and married to a very wealthy husband. She cares more about her family's name and husband. She is a disciplinarian and can never condone corruption. This is why she is not treading on the same path with other individuals.

 

For those shouting about the One Million US Dollars FIFA money given to the SLFA in every four years (250,000 USD) per year, must have their brains examined properly. Do you know what it costs a Football Association to honour an International Away match where 15 Professional players are involved? Had it not been for the respect and credibility of Isha, there was no way the Sierra Leone government would have sponsored Leone Stars to play all their Home matches away from Home in DR Congo and Nigeria during the Ebola crisis. Isha used her international contacts both in FIFA and CAF and her personal resources just to save our country from international embarrassment.

 

Isha must be hailed as a heroine and not to be hounded like a common criminal.


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