By Zainab Kanu
The Minister of the Defence, Retired Major Alfred palo Conteh, has said that Officers and Soldiers of the Republic of Sierra Leone Armed Forces (RSLAF) were not afraid to go to Somalia on peace keeping mission.
Dismissing claims that two members of the RSLAF died recently in Somalia, he explained that the troops have not yet left for Somalia but that they were still undergoing training at the Peace Keeping Training Centre at Hastings.
The Minister maintained that such false rumours were not good for the people of this country, especially the families of soldiers who were in other countries on peace keeping assignment.
He stressed that from reports they have been receiving from Sudan, members of the RSLAF who were on peace keeping mission in Dafur were performing their duties professionally, adding that for that they have received more requests for more members of the RSLAF to go on peacekeeping operations.
He explained that even though they constantly receive threatening remarks, the soldiers who were trained to fight with skills and tactics have continued to exhibit high moral standards, professionalism and courage.
He disclosed that currently there were also Sierra Leonean Soldiers on peace keeping missions in Sudan, Lebanon, East Timor and Syria.