Sierra Leone News: On Cleaning Day…Police/Soldiers enforce patriotism

A Military & Police officer punishing a defaulterPersonnel of the Military Aid to Civil Power (MAC-P), on Saturday the team of police and army personnel charged with the responsibility to monitor and supervise the cleaning exercise did not only do so, but also enforced respect for law and patriotism on certain undisciplined and unpatriotic individuals.
They forced such individuals to clean when they seemed not to care and the most recalcitrant ones were taken into custody by the police.
The police and military personnel who were assigned to the Kissy Community detained and punished dozens of people who proved to be very impatient and ignorant of the law by forcefully commanding them to clean the area where they were caught.
At Kuntolor, a young man was forced into a drainage by a police officer when he was caught walking in the area when the cleaning exercise was on-going.
Expressing his dissatisfaction, the police officer attached to Susan’s Bay Post, Isaac Koroma lamented that he sees no reason why citizens always prove to be unpatriotic and lawless especially on an issue that benefits everybody in the country. He confirmed that they had arrested many people who flouted the law.
Koroma explained that they were on the streets to make sure that the cleaning exercise went on smoothly in order to ensure the city is cleaned. He confirmed that most sections that they had visited were cleaned.
A personnel of the Republic of Sierra Leone Arm Forces attached to the Wilberforce Barracks, Alpha Kamara told Awoko that his group had been very vigilant in monitoring the cleaning exercise and that many people participated in the areas they visited.
Kamara however acknowledged that they caught some people who were disobeying the law who he said they ordered to clean where ever they were caught and that those who proved stubborn were handed over to the police.
“I still can’t understand why some people cannot obey commands for just a day,” he lamented. He added that most of the people that were caught gave excuses of being candidates for the West Africa Senior Secondary Examinations (WASCE) but some could not produce valid Identification Cards.
Kamara recommended for similar cleaning exercises to continue as it will largely help in making the city decent.
Additionally, Awoko sought the views of some people who participated in the cleaning exercise and most supported the idea of general cleaning as they said it will urge lazy people to clean their surroundings. They expressed support for the decision by the law enforcement officers to arrest the disobeyers of the law.
By Keifa M. Jaward
Tuesday September 10, 2013