Sierra Leone

Sierra Leone: Disarmament begins in Kamakwie, Bombali District

Freetown --The Force Commander of the United Nations Mission in Sierra Leone (UNAMSIL), Lt. Gen. Daniel Opande, yesterday witnessed the disarmament of Revolutionary United Front (RUF) combatants in Kamakwie, Bombali District, as the exercise concludes in the district.
More than 100 RUF combatants handed over their weapons to UNAMSIL peacekeepers. The weapons included hand-grenades, mortar bombs, rocket-propelled grenades, anti-aircraft, AK-47s, machine-guns and multi-barrel grenade launchers. Kamakwie is the last chiefdom to disarm in Bombali District.

Addressing a gathering at the Kamakwie helipad, Lt. Gen. Opande urged the local community to support the disarmament of RUF combatants in the area. He also reminded them that he had fulfilled his promise to deploy UNAMSIL peacekeepers so they could provide security during and after the exercise.

In his address, the Paramount Chief expressed concerns over the poor condition of the roads and bridges linking the area to Makeni and other districts. The Force Commander also met with the former RUF 5th Brigade Commander of Kambia, Col. Bai Bureh, who together with UNAMSIL's military observers, assisted in organizing the combatants. He later presented consignments of rice, drugs and other non-food items to the people of Kamakwie on behalf of Sector 1 peacekeepers.

Sector 1 Commander Brig. Gen. Shekari B.S. Biliyok, the Commanding Officer of the Nigerian Battalion 8, Lt. Col. T.S. Ishola, and other senior UNAMSIL military officers accompanied the Force Commander.

For additional information, contact UNAMSIL Public Information Office UNAMSIL Headquarters, Mammy Yoko, P. O. Box 5, Freetown, Sierra Leone Tel: 232-22-273-183/4/5 Fax: 232-22-273-189

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