From Awareness Times Newspaper in Freetown

APC Deputy Minister May Kill Journalist
By Augustine Samba
Apr 19, 2010, 14:00

The Deputy Minister of Labour, Employment, and Social Security, Moijue Kaikai reports allege may likely bring the Station Manager of Radio Wanjai, Melvin Rogers to his untimely demise if no action is taken to resolve the impasse between them.

The journalist, Melvin Rogers has made several complains about threats from the Deputy Minister of Labour of not only insulting his mother, but, the latter insisting that he will kill him.

Mr. Melvin has alleged that, after a tussle between him and the Minister on the 25th February 2010 in Pujehun, the Minister threatened to kill him and further called his mother on the telephone informing her about his intended action.

Rogers told the Awareness Times that, the Minister on the 20th March 2010 in Pujehun Town with the aid of hired thugs attacked him and used unprintable languages against his mother during a picnic organized by the Holy Rosary and St. Paul Secondary Schools in the presence of hundreds of onlookers including the Deputy Minister of Tourism and Cultural Affairs, Hassan Mansaray who protected him from Kaikai and his thugs.

To further terrorize and harass the journalist, Minister Kaikai is claimed to have ordered the Commissioner of Labour- South, Michael S. Patewa to request from the Radio Wanjie to furnish his Ministry with the list and conditions of service of its employees within 7 days; a ploy observers believe targets muzzling the station.

Although witnesses to the umbrage the Awareness Times contacted over the weekend declined to take sides on grounds that Minister Kaikai and Melvin Rogers are brothers who by standards must settle the stalemate amicably, the Office of National Security Pujehun District Security Coordinator, Alpheus Kamara consented being an eyewitness. According to A. Kamara, on April 10th, 2010 Minister Kaikai ordered thugs to beat Melvin Rogers at Gendema while performing his official duty. Due to the gravity of brutality Minister Kaikai was unleashing on defenseless Rogers; A.Kamara informed that he had no alternative, but, to intercede in order to save the poor journalistís life who he described observed the ethics of his profession at that material moment. As at press time efforts to reach Minister Kaikai proved unsuccessful.

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