Soldiers terrorize Hastings, Sierra Leone
The Section Chief at Hastings has accused soldiers of the Republic of Sierra Leone Armed Forces (RSLAF), of unleashing terror on residents of that area whenever they go there on training.
Making the accusation during a recent interview with this reporter, Pa Alimamy Kanu said the soldiers fire heavy artillery, creating panic among residents. He further alleged that the soldiers molest and sometimes beat up peaceful residents who venture around the bushes where they conduct their training exercises. The chief recalled that sometime ago, a group of unidentified soldiers uprooted the signpost of the Tamaraneh Reintegration Organization which has been helping the residents of Hastings and its environs. “When I sent my servant to ask them why they removed the signpost, they rained invectives on the boy and my mother,” Pa Kanu charged.
The RSLAF brutality in the community is reported to have climaxed when on the 26th February this year, SLA 18181464 Fofanah beat to coma a female police officer, WPC Kargbo Hawa. The soldiers are said to be carrying out their brutality in collaboration with officials at the Lands Ministry including Frank Roberts, Komba Kamanda and others who are said to operating under the directive of their boss, Alex Konoyima.
The Section Chief called on the Member of Parliament for Constituency 92, Pateh Bah to rescue them from the terrorism of the soldiers whose presence has disrupted agricultural activities in the area as many residents are now afraid to venture into the bushes.
Meanwhile, the soldiers are yet to give their own version of the story.
By Raymond Bai Kamara
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