March 8, 2011
- Oh Zainab...poor Zainab Bangura...shunned by even the
"dreg-men" of the clan of AFRC-supporting opportunists she
helped propel as "diplomats".
Her name no longer adorns the pages of
the AFRC MK2 internet flying toilets. Her name has now become a
pariah symbol on their pages, yet it was this same woman they
were willing to praise to high heavens, reporting on
every movement, on her every flight as she
enjoyed the perks of being the country's chief of diplomats.
Even though other press houses kept
pointing to the failures of Zainab Bangura as Foreign Minister
in the running of the ministry as well as her handling of gifts
and scholarships and those so rewarded because of their APC
affiliation, all the AFRC Mk2 outlets were on the lookout to
disguise the real nature of things that were going on at the
When the India rice deal was exposed,
they quickly rushed to deny things even though it was apparent
to Sierra Leoneans on the ground that Zainab Bangura had got the
President's brother involved, getting away with a million US
dollars in dues. No, not one criticised Zainab Hawa Bangura
until Information minister Ibrahim Ben Kargbo got it into his
head that he can best articulate the lies of his government and
lobbied for Zainab's post.
Zainab Hawa Bangura is now Health and
Sanitation Minister and even if she succeeds in getting rid of
all the malaria-causing mosquitoes in Sierra Leone, she would be
ignored by the media scrum oops sorry scum of AFRC Mk2.
And the Sierra Herald had to take a
second look after seeing this important development story on the
pages - this is a story that could have
hit the headlines...but no, not this time because it concerns
Zainab Hawa Bangura erstwhile political head of the ministry of
foreign affairs and now head of a mere ministry of health - and
Pujehun allegedly an opposition stronghold
and secondly this is one big leap in President Koroma's
much-trumpeted concern for maternal health care in Sierra Leone.