Major General Sam Mbomah, the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), has urged personnel of the Republic of Sierra Leone Armed Forces (RSLAF) to steer clean of politics in any form as the presidential and parliamentary elections are close at hand.
While addressing personnel at the Wilberforce hockey pitch in Freetown, the CDS stressed that it was a crime for someone in uniform to aspire for a political position.
Commenting further Major General Mbomah stated that, “soldiers are also forbidden to engage, discuss or keep company with politicians and they should not be influenced by political opinions while they are doing their duty”.
Disclosing about the benefits of the force the CDS said, “the government has finally approved new terms and condition of service and the implementation will commence in July this year.”
He further assured them that the government was committed to improving the living standards of the men and women in the force.
CDS Mbomah revealed to the men and women in the force that they would soon join other armed forces in peace support operations in other parts of the world.
About soldiers who died naturally, the CDS disclosed that the “ministry of defence is waiting approval from the finance ministry and once the arrangements have been completed we will ensure that an announcement be made for the bereaved families to go for the payment”.