In a bid to change the image of the Republic of Sierra Leone Armed Forces (RSLAF), some members of the Army have embarked on a massive cleaning exercise at ‘Samba Gutter’ Kroo Bay, an exercise which is aimed at forestalling further flooding disaster.
The exercise which attracted the Defense Minister Palo Conteh, Chief of Defense Force Brigadier Alfred Nelson-Williams, officers and other ranks of the Military was done in conjunction with the Special Court.
Speaking to Awoko at the cleaning site, CDS Nelson-Williams noted that “our slogan is serving the nation, which we had done marvelously during the 11 year-old civil war, and now that peace has been attained, we should identify ourselves with the problems facing the nation.”
He went on to explain that all over world the “military has been at the receiving end through tax payers’ money, and this cleaning exercise is a pleasant way to pay back the public.’
CDS Nelson-Williams also revealed that very soon he would be leading his officers, men and women of the force to render the necessary assistance to the Freetown City Council by cleaning cemeteries in the City.
He disclosed that the military would also render the necessary assistance to the Freetown City Council as they embark on the reconstruction of the Regent Street Bridge which is a major link to Eastern Police vicinity.
The army engineers, he said, would soon do the quantity survey for the City Council and also provide free labour, indicating that its pay back time for him and his troops.
In handing over the equipments to the CDS, the Special Court Prosecutor Stev Rapp confirmed that they are here to help the country in its post conflict development and to contribute to peace.
The Special Court Prosecutor observed that since the flooding occurred at Kroo Bay, consultations have been going between the court and the military to render the necessary assistance to the community.
Staff of the Special Court, he disclosed, contributed the sum of Le3 million and it was used to purchase equipments like rakes, picks, head pans, shovels and machetes.
Adding his voice to the speeches before the cleaning exercise, Defense Minister Alfred Palo Conteh stated that the new SLA is development-oriented, reiterating the statement made by the CDS that they are ready to provide services to the people of Sierra Leone in order to transform their life style.
Commenting, the Deputy Prosecutor of the Special Court, Joseph F. Kamara noted that the move is to sympathize with the flood victims and to enhance the court/community relations; while Patrick Fatoma of the Outreach section told the audience that the court is not only limited to judicial functions but also engage in Special Court Military assistance.
By Samuel John