DECEMBER 3, 2014 By Samuel Ben Turay
Director of Information and Communications in the Republic of Sierra Leone Armed Forces (RSLAF), Colonel Michael Samura, has told Concord Times that plans are underway to clean up the army and get rid of misconduct among servicemen.
Just recently, five senior military personnel were dismissed from the RSLAF after a military court martial found them wanting for crimes ranging from bribery to personal misconduct.
Col. Samura, however, said plans to infuse discipline in the army are not new as the rebranding process continues in the national army.
He admonished personnel to always work within the code of conduct of the institution, noting that the Defence Council – which is charged with the responsibility of looking into the welfare of the army – would dismiss any personnel who fail to work within the military code of conduct.
“In fact before one is fired from the service there should have been criteria set up with all evidences against the accused,” said Col. Samura, noting that the Defence Council would look at the gravity of the crime and the punctuality of the personnel before taking any action.
The Defence Council comprises the President, who is chairman and Commander-in-Chief, Minister of Finance and Economic Development, Minister of Defence, and the Minister of Internal Affairs, plus heads of the three components of the armed forces – army, navy and air force.