Six military officers, all of them medical doctors attached to the 34 Military Hospital were arrested and detained yesterday on allegations of mutiny. As at press time, it was not clear whether or not they had been released.
Capt Dr Luseni, Capt. Dr Paul Nabieu, Lt Dr Sorie Conteh, Lt Dr Ngevao, 2nd Lt Dr Kanu and 2nd Lt Dr Songo-Mbriwa were arrested for reportedly threatening to leave the military if their wages were not brought in line with public doctors who recently received a 500% salary increase following a long-drawn-out strike action. Defence Minister Pallo Conteh was quoted by the BBC as saying that the men were detained on the orders of the Commanding Officer of the Military Hospital, Dr Sahr Foday because their action was akin to mutiny under military code of practice. Speaking to Awoko, military nurses at 34 Hospital expressed support for their detained colleagues threatening to resign from the military and join the public health service if their colleagues were not immediately released and their wages increased. One angry medical officer at the hospital said she heard some people saying that the threat by the military doctors to leave the force was “sabotaging” the free health care for pregnant women, breast-feeding mothers and children under five years introduced on 27 April this year. She described as nonsense these utterances saying they were all together on this.