Journalism is powerful and radio journalism even more so in Sierra Leone. Today an interview on Radio Democracy 98.1 has ended (for now) the political careers of the Minister & Deputy at the Ministry of Social Welfare, Gender, and Children’s Affairs.
Rugie Neneh Turay (Dep Min of Social Welfare) appeared on Good Morning Sierra Leone to let the people know that there were issues with the books at the the Ministry where she serves as deputy. She explained how relationships at the Ministry were more or less a mess under the leadership of the Minister. She said 5 different Permanent Secretaries had come and gone in just 10 months.
In a later segment of the show the Minister of Social Welfare was called on air to respond to the claims made by Ms. Turay. Two important issues that Turay highlighted were that the Minister had influenced the budget and accounts delivered to parliament, and that the docs mentioned she had received 180 liters of fuel a month which she hadn’t.
In her response to the claims, the Minister said that her Deputy had issues understanding what she read. She said she was “challenged”. She also accused her Deputy of having beaten up her former boss. To tie it all together the Minister likened herself to the President and her Deputy to former VP Sam Sumana. She said that as Sam Sumana undermined the President so too does her Deputy. There was a lot of self aggrandizing in the Minister’s account. (E talk tay the phone station credit don)
Just 12 hours after the broadcast of that radio program His Excellency Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma has seen it fit to dismiss both the Minister of Social Welfare & Her Deputy. Ms. Isata Kabia currently a Minister of State at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is now the new Minister of Social Welfare, Gender, and Children’s Affairs.
Fambul Dem Na so di tin bin. Oona gud evenin. It is well.