Military Aid to Civil Power (MACP) is to assist the Sierra Leone Police over the period of the second round of the presidential election.
This is being disclosed in a press statement made by Brigadier AC Nelson Williams, the deputy Chief of Defence Staff and military spokesman.
He said these Military Police if required would conduct joint patrols that would be planned, led and executed by the Sierra Leone Police.
“This will give the SLP greater flexibility in their ability to react promptly to any problems during that period,” he notes.
Brigadier AC Nelson Williams also appealed to the general public not to be surprised and worried to see the presence of Auxiliary Military Police personnel in join patrols with the Sierra Leone Police.
Through the Office of the National Security (ONS), this will ensure a conducive and enabling environment for the conduct of a peaceful, free and credible election.
The release states further that given the current political situation in Sierra Leone, the ministry of defence wishes to inform all political party, supporters and other stakeholders that the Republic of Sierra Leone Armed Forces is apolitical and continue to remain a neutral force
“Throughout the successful conduct of September 8 run-off election this neutrality will be maintained regardless of our logistic support to NEC,” it maintains.
The chief of Defence Staff (CDS) wishes it to be known that any soldier caught compromising his integrity whilst in the execution of his duties will be investigated and dealt with if found guilty.