In a bid to achieve justice for all in Sierra Leone, the Justice Sector Development Programme (JSDP), in collaboration with the Ministry of Justice (MOJ) and the Ministry of Internal Affairs, Local Government and Rural Development (MIALRGID), on Monday started an intensive training for 88 Chiefdom Police Officers in Moyamba.
The training is in line with Justice Sector Reform Strategy and Investment Plan (JSRSIP) 2008-2010, the JSDP aims to improve on the services of Local Courts in Moyamba District in compliance with International Human Rights standards, which in turn would result in improved satisfaction levels with the local courts and the Paramount and Local chiefs.
The training conducted by JDSP in Moyamba which is the first in fifteen years for Chiefdom Police in Sierra Leone, will serve to build the capacity of Chiefdom Police at local level to perform their statutory role.
The training modules will dwell on the role, function, powers and obligations of the Chiefdom Police, linked to policing at community level. Protective measures for women, children and vulnerable groups; and Analysis of Peace and threat in the Moyamba District are among the topics to be discovered.
Items provided by the JSDP as part of its support to the Moyamba District Local Courts Project include: boots, two complete sets of uniform suits each, handcuffs, back packs, raincoats, and rain boots, 6 bicycles for each of the 14 chiefdoms; and 29 typewriters for the use by the court clerks and treasury clerks.
Speaking at the opening ceremony of the training at the Moyamba District Council Hall, chairman of the Moyamba District Council, David Sengu Woobay thanked government, DFID through JSDP for honoring Moyamba as the first district for the training.
He added that, chiefdom administration is the bedrock of governance.
Pa Lass Lamin who spoke on behalf of the Paramount Chiefs, said that the training when concluded will cultivate lasting relationship between chiefs and the people.
He thanked JSDP for restoring dignity to their chiefdom authorities, adding that the training of the Chiefdom Police will lead the foundation of justice in the chiefdom.
JSDP Program Manager, Peter Viner urged the trainers to learn from the training and improve on the quality of services at the local level.
He highlighted some of the projects they have undertaken that have transformed and benefited the masses.
A representative from Civil Society, Gabriel Kamanda, said that the intervention of JSDP on justice continues to create more impact in the districts.
Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Issa M Mansaray said that they are ready to render assistance to the Chiefdom Police.
In his Keynote address, the Minister of Internal Affairs, Local Government and Rural Development (MIALRGID) Minister, Ambassador Dauda Kamara stated on his first visit to the Moyamba District identified the deplorable conditions of the Chiefdom Police. “They have been neglected for some years without salaries and some have even retired without benefits”, he said.
As Minister, he reiterated that, I’m really happy for the training, because it is the basic to all other things and noted that after the training they will deploy them to the different chiefdoms in the districts.
He called on them to support their chiefdoms in revenue collections, as it is from there they will get salaries, and noted that at the moment they want to ensure that every Paramount Chief has an account to pay their revenue.
Ambassador Dauda Kamara averred that the success of the training in Moyamba will encourage them to do more in other districts.
Paramount Chief Alhaji Joseph Alie Kavura said that justice is the only one thing that can maintain peace and tranquility.
The training will end on the 4th June 2010.