In celebrating the Armed Forces day the RSLAF has organized a symposium at the Ahmad Tejan Kabbah hall at the Eastern Polytechnic campus along Combema road in Kenema city.
In his welcome address the 3rd Infantry Brigade commander in Kenema Lt. Col. Binneh Kondeh Conteh expressed delight and appreciation to the Sierra Leone Police and the public for honoring their invitation.
He described the programme as significant not only to the Armed forces but also to the citizens of this nation. He said the Armed forces celebration is to commemorate fallen military personnel who participated in the first and second world wars and the civil conflict in the country, adding it was necessary to observe the day.
Lt. Col. Conteh gave a brief background of the formation of the Sierra Leone Army saying that it started as a Frontier Police by the British. He pointed out that the major role of the Army is to defend the country from external aggression, while the police are responsible for the internal security.
He highlighted some of the new defense policy and the reconstructing of the army among others.
The chairman of the programme who is also the battalion commander of the second battalion Moa barracks Lt. Col. Usman Turay referred to this year’s celebration as most important for the Armed forces. He said the Army and the SLP were the two major institutions responsible for the security of this nation adding that the Army wants to ensure equitable collaboration between the forces and the public.
Presenting papers at the symposium the representative of the Network Movement for Justice and Development (NMJD) Madam Siah Simbo spoke on the Socio cultural role of the military, while the registrar of the Eastern Polytechnic Adonis Kanneh spoke on the political and constitutional role of the military.
The master & registrar from the Justice Sector development project JSDP Francis Bans Kamara spoke on the Economic and Infrastructural role of the military.
The branch Operation coordinator of the SLRCS Kenema District Jumu J.B. Brima spoke on the role of the military in Transitional and International Humanitarian Laws (IHL) while the Assistant Inspector General (AIG) of Police east Alsheik Kamara spoke on the role of the Military Aid to Civil Power (MACP) in a democratic society.
The Republic of Sierra Leone Armed Forces (RSLAF), the Sierra Leone Police (SLP), Prisons and other security agencies paraded from the Holy Trinity School field along Blama road in the city to the city center at a place called Capitol where the Deputy Mayor of the Kenema City Council (KCC) Madam Adama Siaka took the guard of honor. The Resident Minister east and other dignitaries in the city also addressed the audience at the Police barracks field in Kenema. The brass bands of the Government Secondary school and the Methodist Vocational Secondary School entertained the ceremony.