The Republic of Sierra Leone Armed Forces (RSLAF) has been requested by the United Nations Organisation to send eight Military Officers to Syria as part of the three hundred Military Observers to monitor the peace brokered by former UN Secretary General, Mr. Kofi Anan for an immediate cessation of the confrontation between the rebel revolutionary group fighting to over throw the Assad Government. Sources close to the Ministry of Defence intimated AYV last night that although the Ministry has not yet chosen the eight Officers, he said the UN insists that all the eight Soldiers must have earlier participated in peace keeping missions before they will qualify to serve as UN Monitoring Observers.
He also revealed that On Friday, May 4, five RSLAF Officers left for Kenya as part of their preparation ahead of their deployment in Somalia through to join African Mission in Somalia (AMISON)).
He said the Officers had held talks with senior Army Officers of the Kenya Defense Forces (KDF), from where they will move to the proposed area of deployment of the Sierra Leone Contingent known as Sector Two based at the border area between Somalia and Kenya.
The source also intimated that the purposed visit is to do an assessment in the area of deployment ahead of their arrival in Somalia latest July this year.
The five Officers were the Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Colonel Abu Conteh who is heading the Battalion comprising 850 Soldiers, Operations Officer, Major J.P. Koroma, the Quarter Master, Major Mariatu Kamara, Engineering Officer, Captain A.M. Bassie, the Communications Officer, Lieutenant Dassama and Company Commander, Major A.Y. Kandeh.
He also disclosed that six senior Army Officers departed Freetown last Sunday, May 6 for various Military duties in United Nations African Mission in Darfur (UNAMID), Sudan, on peace keeping mission that will last for one year.
These Officers will serve as Military Observers and Staff Duties at UNAMID, Sudan.
They are Lieutenant Colonel A.M. Bangura, Commander F.M. Duwai, Major K.T. Sesay, Major JES Coker, Major T.F. Matturi and Major A.D. Adu.
Meanwhile Brigadier General Komba S. Mondeh has successfully completed his peace keeping mission in Sudan where he served as Sector West Commander and he has now returned home and made Director of Military Operations including land, air and sea.