Sierra Leone’s former Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and Minister of Health and Sanitation, Mrs. Haja Zainab Hawa Bangura is to run for the flag bearership of the ruling APC Party, according to senior party sources.

Zainab Bangura

She will be the first woman to throw her hat into the APC ring if she declares to run for the top post by the middle of this month.

Mrs. Zainab Bangura will receive strong foreign backing, if she decides to officially declare her intention to run for the top post. She is a darling of the Americans.

Mrs. Zainab Bangura was a Presidential candidate in the 2002 Presidential elections. Her party performed badly in those elections. She is currently the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary General on Sexual Violence in Conflict.

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Mrs. Zainab Bangura shot to political fame when she joined some women groups in 1996 to call for elections before peace. She was the first Coordinator a CGG (Campaign for Good Governance).

Mrs. Bangura is expected home from New York before the end of August, according to a family source.