The maverick and highly controversial Minister of Social Welfare, Gender and Children’s Affairs, Dr. Sylvia O Blyden, has been described as paranoid by some journalists she and the editor of her Awareness Times have targeted for defending her deputy, Madam Neneh Rugiatu Turay.One of the journalists said Dr. Sylvia Blyden’s warped imagination sees enemies lurking in every shadow. He advised that Dr. Sylvia Blyden tries to behave like a normal human being and knows that nobody has any cause to hate her or fight her, if she behaves decently and respectfully to others.
Out of jealousy, malice or spite for her deputy minister, Dr. Sylvia Blyden and the editor of her Awareness Times newspaper have on daily basis been using all kinds of derogatory, demeaning and offensive words against Madam Rugiatu Turay who claims her right to defend herself from such unwarranted attacks aimed at besmearing her personality and image as a public figure. Many people who have been following the campaign of calumny against Madam Turay in the Awareness Times and on social media have stated that Dr. Sylvia Blyden is not working in the spirit of cooperation that will make President’s Koroma’s recovery plan achievable in her ministry.
Having set herself at loggerheads with the entire senior cadre in her ministry, Dr. Blyden wrongly accuses her deputy of supporting the retention of “Bondo” and FGM in Sierra Leone, thereby undermining her as minister. In actual fact, long before her been appointed as Deputy Minister of Social Welfare, Madam Turay had been an active anti-FGM campaigner.
Like a coward who is afraid to face Madam Turay directly, Dr. Sylvia Blyden and her editor have been pointing fingers at Madam Turay stating that she, în the absence of the minister solicited funds from a donor organization to hold a pro-Bondo workshop in Tonkolili whilst the minister was out of the country.
If the accusation is true and not intended to maliciously malign Madam Turay who has summoned Dr. Sylvia Blyden’s editor before the IMC for maligning her, why did Dr. Blyden not write her Deputy Minister an official query letter instead of witch hunting her in her Awareness Times Newspaper.