Sierra Leone Military Chief projects image of the force in Somalia
A high powered delegation from the Ministry of Defense and the Republic of Sierra Leone Armed Forces led by the Chief of Defense Staff Major-General Samuel Omar Williams were in Nairobi Kenya via on a Ten Day official visit to the Kenyan Defense Forces (KDF) to strengthen the bilateral relation between the two countries. (Photo: Sierra Leone Military Chief General S.O.Williams & ACDS Ops &Plans General Mamadi Keita and Colonel Peter Lavahun Liaison Officer )
The Delegation comprised of the Assistant Chief of Defense Staff in charge of Operations and Plans Brigadier General Mamadi Keita, the Director of Peace Keeping Operations (DPKO) the Deputy Secretary Procurement in the Ministry of Defense.
Speaking on a telephone line from Eldoret in Nairobi-Kenya the Assistant Chief of Defense Staff Plans and Operation Brigadier General Mamadi Keita said the Team led by the Chief of Defense Staff, Major General Samuel Omar Williams was able to visit the National Defense College and the Defense Staff College in Kenya through their Laison Officer Colonel Peter Lavahun.
General Mamadi Keita further informed that they were led on a tour to some of the Military facilities including the Kenyan ordinance factories were weapons were manufactured.
On His the Military Chief of the Republic of Sierra Leone Armed Forces Major General Samuel Omar Williams maintained that their visit to Kenya avails them the opportunity
For the two forces to strengthen and coordinate their Military relationship as they are fighting a common enemy the Alshabbab the Al Qaeda affiliated.
During their brief stay in the Nairobi team also visited the Naval Base and the Training School in Mombasa and flew back to Nairobi where they held consultative talks with the Kenyan Chief of Defense Forces Four Star General Julius Karangi before flying out to Somalia on Saturday to visit the Sierra Leone Battalion who were deeply engaged in a Peace Enforcement Mission in the War ton Country. While in Mogadishu Major General Samuel Omar Williams and delegation had productive discussions with the AMISOM Force Commander a Burundian Lieutenant General Nitigurirwa Silas and later with the Special Representative of the African Union Commission SRCC Ambassador Anadif.
Major General S.O Williams also paid a courtesy call on the President of the Federal Government of Somalia Mohamed Hassan before proceeding to Kismayo to visit the LEOBATT Troops under the sector commander of Brigadier General Tamba Allieu.
On His part the Assistant Chief of Defense Staff Plans and Operation General Mamadi Keita intimated that he is pleased with state of mind of their Military personnel serving under the African Union Mission in Somalia especially in the area discipline and commitment in ensuring operational effectiveness.
He noted that the involvement of the Sierra Leone Contingent into the Combat Theatre in Somalia has made an invaluable contribution in the promotion of Regional and Global Peace.
However, the delegation headed by the Military Chief Major-General Samuel Omar Williams is expected to arrive in the country on Thursday 5th May.
In another related development it is also being confirmed by the Director General in the Ministry of Defense (MOD) Mr. Abdul Rahman Fofanah that the first consignment of 53 Military Hardware Vehicles out of a total number of Two Hundred and Six procured have arrived.
Whilst the remaining Hundred and three vehicles are on the high seas expected to arrive in the next couple of weeks.
By Abdul Rahman Kamara
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