The Inspector General of Police (IGP) Mr. Brima Acha Kamara has formerly launched the eastern branch of the Police Wives Association (POWA). The event took place at the crowning Ceremony of the Mammy Queens and their Deputies in the Eastern Region at the Capital Villa One complex along Hangha road in Kenema, after a march past from the Gola Forest Industry through the town.
The IGP gave a brief background of the police force in Sierra Leone, pointing out that with his 26years experience as a police officer, he knew a lot about the force.
Currently several positive changes have taken place in the police force he said, all in the interest of the nation, creating what he called a force for good. He called on the police wives to do everything possible in keeping their husbands comfortable so that quality service will be delivered to the nation.
Mr Acha Kamara admonished the Mammy Queens and their deputies to exercise their powers in the interest of all
Always remember the people in discharging your authority he said.
Earlier in her opening remarks, the chairperson of the occasion High Court Judge Justice Nyawo Maturi Jones described the day as historic in the lives of the police in the eastern region.
She cautioned the women to be respectful and obedient to their husbands always by standing by their side.
She called on them to be good mothers in taking care of the children, as the up bringing of every child in any community is the responsibility of all.
In his address the Resident Minister East Hon. Sahr Randolf Fillie Faboe, says the Sierra Leone Police is now 120 years old since it came into existence during the colonial days.
Now the SLP looks very different and they command profound respect within and outside the country because of their discipline and hard work.
He appealed to the police wives to continue supporting their husbands positively so that we can go through transparent election.
He pledged the government’s fullest support for the police always.
The Deputy Minister Social Welfare Gender and Children’s Affairs Madam Memunatu Koroma crowned the following Mammy Queens and deputies:- Madam Margaret M. Bendakwia and Isatu Fofanah were the Mammy Queen and Deputy at Tankoro police division in Kono.
Madam Kumba Diama Kawa and Musu Koroma for Motema police division in Koidu in the Kono district.
Madam Marian Momoh and Mary Sesay for Tongo division. Adama Mansaray and Kadiatu Bangura for Daru police. Mdm. Frances S.Maxwell and Fatmata Bandabla for
Kailahun division and Mdm. Julia Foni Kimbo and Mamie Kamara for Kenema police division.
Handing over the crowns and staffs to the Mammy Queens and their Deputies the deputy minister said it is the sign of respect and authority that they are to carry on behalf of the community they find themselves.
She cautioned them to give the fullest respect to their husbands and authorities in their community and by so doing they will enjoy the power given to them.
Mrs. Kumba Diama Kamara gave the vote of thanks.Cultural performances climaxed the occasion.