From Awareness Times Newspaper in Freetown

Looking Backwards at Past Challenges : Sorie Fofana & Wikileaks cable Malice on President
By Editorial Board
Feb 26, 2013, 17:12

One of our challenging times was 8th December of 2010 when Sorie Fofana of GLOBAL TIMES criminally doctored a Wikileaks Cable in order to give credence to a totally false innuendo that the Head of State, President Ernest Koroma, had suspect links to narcotics rings. The Cable, which was basically an opposition inspired piece of garbage, had made significant mistake which reduced its credibility. It stated Kemoh Sesay was a former SLPP MP.


Such a significant mistake meant the entire Cable lost its credence. Sorie Fofana fully well knew this but he was just too desperate to maliciously undermine the Head of State by giving credence to what was rubbish that “the ministerial position for Kemoh Sesay” in 2007 as Transport & Aviation Minister was “strategically selected” because it was “likely used to facilitate narcotics trafficking”. So Fofana doctored the Cable before he published it.


It was height of sedition just as it was seditious of him to later publish worldwide that President Koroma’s bodyguard had stoned Maada Bio and ran away to be caught at Liberian border! This latter was in 2011 when President was attending the United Nations! Such Malice!


However, Alhaji I.B. Kargbo, was then the Information Minister and Sorie Fofana is his “golden boy”. So Fofana got away with publishing what was nothing but seditious libel.


Just as she was the one who rescued the name of the President by debunking the stoning of Maada Bio by presidential bodyguard rubbish, so it was that Dr. Sylvia Olayinka Blyden, back then of Awareness Times, who had saved the day for the President at the hands of heartless Sorie Fofana & his doctored Wikileaks.That was in December 2010. The records are there. Just check them.


Sylvia Blyden, then a foremost constructive critic of President, did not save the President’s reputation to gain reward but out of conviction that it was the right thing to do. She was not paid a cent. She did not do it for recognition but out of a belief that she should be the voice of the voiceless; which voiceless at the time was none other than the Head of State. Indeed, a Head of State can become a voiceless victim and that was one such time! So it was that Sylvia Blyden came to his rescue by revealing that as far back as 2004, she had been introduced to Kemoh Sesay by then-opposition Ernest Koroma as his shadow transport minister thus debunking the innuendo. At the same time she was debunking the innuendo, Sorie Fofana was doctoring the cable to make it appear more credible in its outrageous allegation!


So whilst Sorie Fofana in his GLOBAL TIMES was busy destroying President Koroma’s reputation with doctoring of a Wikileaks Cable to give it credence, it was no other person but Dr. Sylvia Blyden who was to go to the aid of the poor Head of State! Her shining high level of integrity shone brightly back then to all who could observe. Only those with a depraved sense of justice will question Sylvia Olayinka Blyden’s very high personal integrity in this country. Everyone else in this country knows this is a woman of very high personal integrity who will defend anyone no matter the colour of the person’s politics; as long as it is the right thing to do!


Should the intent of Sorie Fofana’s GLOBAL TIMES had stood and the Wikileaks Cable had continued to enjoy undue credence, not just President Koroma but the entire country would have suffered needlessly as having our leaders most unfairly painted with international cocaine brush. Only God Almighty can reward some of us for standing tall at the right times in this country when others fled the way of brutish beasts.


The role of this newspaper back then in dispelling the false allegation, without any form of prompting from the Head of State or agents at State House surely remains deeply embedded in the mind of President Koroma and any person who genuinely seeks the welfare of the President of Sierra Leone. We did not do it for reward but because it was the right thing to do.


We did not go to aid of the President because we were Mandingo griots or because we were being paid to do so. We did it out of conviction because it was the upright thing to do!


Sorie Fofana was desperate to give credibility to the nonsense so he criminally changed “SLPP” to “PDP” in the matter concerning Alhaji Kemoh Sesay. That singular criminal action sought to give credence to a baseless Wikileaks Cable. At the time, Alhaji I.B. Kargbo was Information Minister and he simply turned a blind eye as Sorie Fofana sought to defame President Koroma.


One fine day, the unseen hands behind mumbo-jumbo spewed out by Sorie Fofana will unveil. Christian Prayers can do Wonders!  


Many, many people are in deep prayers for this country. We continue to pray for the real enemies to be exposed in this country! One day, President Koroma will know every single one of his true enemies from those who are just constructive critics.


We are comforted that the President already knows the wheat from the chaff. He knows exactly what he is doing. His appointment of Dr. Sylvia Blyden to be his “Golden Girl” at State House whilst Alhaji I.B. Kargbo continues to be the darling of the pro-SLPP press, means His Excellency the President, Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma, is much smarter than his detractors assume.



One Drop Sankoh & laying his ‘Underwear’ foolish propaganda to a final resting place!

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