The Officer Commanding the Military Police division at the 3rd Infantry Brigade and the Assistant Director of the Police Media Unit in Kenema Captain Gibril Conteh and Private Kposowa have registered their dissatisfaction over the use of military fatigue by non serving members of the force especially in the eastern region headquarter town of Kenema city.
Captain Gibril Conteh said the law as stipulated under section 8 and sub section 1 of the 1963 Constitution of the Republic of Sierra Leone Armed Forces (RSLAF) strictly prohibits the use of combat fatigue by non-military personnel.
He also stated that the RSLAF has in the past embarked on what he described as serious sensitization programs educating members of the public on the disadvantages involved in the use of military fatigue especially during the Sierra Leone civil war. Captain Gibril highlighted some of the factors, which according to him prompted the military to embark on the present sensitization campaign against military imposters in the eastern region and Kenema city in particular.
He cautioned that this practice if not checked has the potential to undermine the credibility, which he says the RSLAF has so far developed over the years.
Captain Gibril revealed that the military in collaboration with the Sierra Leone police in the region would soon embark on the exercise to retrieving military camouflage from those holding them illegally in the region. He did not exempt artists from the use of military fatigue, noting they are not above the law. He cautioned them to obtain permission from the appropriate authorities before using the materials for stage performance. Private Kposowa A. the Assistant Director of the Media unit in the Kenema division maintained that the role of the SLP is to maintain law and order in the country.
He said even police officers are not allowed to use military camouflage when the country is not at war. Kposowa appealed to all Sierra Leoneans to be law abiding and avoid getting into conflict with the law because nobody is above the law.