From Awareness Times Newspaper in Freetown

Afsatu Kabba
ACC & Afsatu Kabba: From Sublimely Ridiculous to Psychotic!
By Sylvia Olayinka Blyden
Mar 12, 2010, 17:30

This newspaper has continued to report on the questionable antics of Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) agents. The latest reaching this press indicates ACC agents yesterday March 11th 2010 seemingly strong-armed the Permanent Secretary (P.S.) of the Ministry of Fisheries, Mr. Paul Sandy for having spoken to this newspaper about the intimidation he was being subjected to in what is suspected to be blackmailing tactics to get him to falsely indict the Fisheries Minister Afsatu Kabba.

A lot of what has been happening in this Afsatu Kabba investigation has been ridiculous but if indeed it is true that ACC is threatening the P.S. with “Unlawful Disclosure of Investigation” under Section 74(1)(b), simply because the P.S. expressed his legitimate fears to the public through this newspaper, then the saga has moved from sublimely ridiculous to psychotic. Someone at the ACC is now stark raving mad. Someone is now totally drunk with power! Where is Hon. Ibrahim Bundu & His Parliamentary Committee?

If the said report is true, then maybe power-drunk person(s) at the ACC need to read the ACC’s Act and understand what Section 74(1) means by the caveat of “reasonable excuse”! Surely, raising an alarm that a person is being intimidated falls under “reasonable excuse” unlike that unreasonable BBC broadcast and other such ACC-associated unethical leakages to the media!

Finally, let me just say that unlike other news outlets, we are not on a PR Mission but on a Truth-Telling Mission. We are not Spindoctors but we can be termed as Soothsayers so we will state it as it is and we will report on events just as they unfold without fear or favour! And so, as Soothsayers, allow us to paraphrase from the Greek play Medea by Euripides and observe that those whom the Gods wish to destroy, they first make them mad.

Quem deus vult perdere, dementat prius!

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