November 23, 2017 By Ransford Felix-Intern
The Sierra Leone Police yesterday distributed 18 vehicles to district regional commanders in preparation for the 2018 multitier elections.
According to Inspector General of Police Francis Alieu Munu, 35 vehicles have been commissioned with support from the Ministry of Finance as part of capacity building to the police ahead of the March 7, 2018 multitier elections.
He said they were commencing distribution to regional commanders who have enormous responsibility of traversing provincial towns and cities to check on their personnel, look into their welfare and provide feedback to the main headquarters.
The Inspector General of Police said the next phase of distribution would be carried out in due cause, stressing that the ceremony that was yesterday held at Police headquarters in Freetown was just a symbolic handing over of the said vehicles to regional commanders.
He noted that they had given assurance to members of the public that the Police have capability to provide safe and secured environment for free, fair and credible elections, adding that they were backing it up with fact.
“Because sometimes when you make assurances and you don’t provide the evidence people will be in doubt, but we are providing some of the evidence this evening with regards to our transport requirement,” he said.
He promised that each of the sixteen districts will get two brand new vehicles in the run up to the elections.
IG Munu disclosed that they have also procured trucks that will be transporting personnel and equipment in remote areas during the electioneering process.
Director of Support Services, Assistant Inspector General Kalia E. Sesay, disclosed that the Ministry of Finance helped in them procure the 35 vehicles and praised the government for being supportive in capacitating the SLP ahead of the crucial elections next year.
Speaking on the aspect of maintenance, he said there is a transport section within the Sierra Leone Police responsible for maintenance of vehicles. He also revealed that they would be setting up a communication system to respond to emergency situations and complaints from the public.