The ruling All People’s Congress over the weekend paid its last respect to the late Hussein Bittar at its party headquarters by hanging the deceased’s photo among APC heroes.
The late Hussein, who was of Lebanese descent, was unto his death on December 2 a staunch supporter of the APC.
President Ernest Bai Koroma, at a laying-out ceremony of Bittar, said the deceased was an exemplary supporter of the APC who came out boldly at a time when things were cloudy for the party. He added that he was the brain behind the commercialization of his campaign pictures.
Hussein Bittar was a businessman at Kissy Road and quickly rose to prominence during the election campaign periods when he printed large photos of President Koroma and hung them on the Clock Tower at the east end of Freetown.
He met his death after returning from a trip with the Vice President to Kono on December 2.
With his contributions to the APC, President Koroma has ordered that Hussein Bittar’s photo be hung among those of late Presidents Siaka Stevens and Joseph Saidu Momoh and other heroes the party will always remember.
On 25 December 2003, the family of the late Hussein died in a plane crash in Kotonou, Benin. His late wife Hajaratu Bittar, nee Turay, was the daughter of the APC majority leader in parliament Hon Edward Turay.
The elder brother of the late Hussein Hassan told Awoko that it was a great honour to the family to be recognized by a ruling party and also for a Lebanese to be so honoured.
The father of the deceased was born in Mambolo and went on to settle in Boajibu where he gave birth to the deceased.