1. 50 PKM heavy
each for a price
of nearly $1
at a price
5. 100 40mm under-barrel grenade launchers for AK 47 with a range of 300 meters at nearly $100,000.
6. 2,500 advanced new stock AK 47 assault rifles 7.62X39mm for a price of almost $3 million.
7. 225,000 rounds of 7.62X39mm ammunition for the price of nearly $150,000,
8. 200 9mm automatic pistols (NP 18 which is the Chinese type of FN Browning manufactured by Norinco Arms Corporation) for the price of $74,000.
9. 50,000 brass case rounds of 9mm pistol ammunition for a price of $17,500.
There are three sets of
weapons of terror and
intimidation here -
never mind the calibre
of the bullets which
range from 7.62x54mm to
7.62x39mm. These are the
Chinese PKM heavy
machine guns (Type 80
weapon), the 40mm under
the barrel grenade
launchers and the 9mm
with 10-round magazines.
Knowing the APC, key party
members, government ministers and their "bodyguards"
would now be scheduled for firing practices either at
the police shooting range at King Tom or Hastings or the
military range at Benguema one of the country's top
military training centres.
Given the fact that this special
delivery was for the police and received by that force,
it would not be far-fetched to assume that training in
the firing of the heavy machine guns and other machine
guns would have to be carried out by the military more
so as this is the first time that such weapons,
including the under barrel grenade launchers are
becoming a part of police arms and ammunition. And this
in a country that is not at war but is getting ready for
crucial elections under a regime that does not think
twice of the repercussions of unleashing extreme and
unbridled violence on perceived opponents.
Former APC Youth League members,
some now in their sixties would recall how effective the
carrying of pistols was in the general atmosphere of
intimidation that prevailed in the APC regimes of
Stevens and Momoh and it was not uncommon to see the
briefcase of ministers containing such pistols, this
despite the Special Branch police officers attached to
them as bodyguards.
The importation of these arms
should be a real cause for concern given the Ernest Bai
Koroma's government track record of always rounding up
and charging to court members of the main opposition
Sierra Leone Peoples Party, the SLPP whenever there are
reported clashes between the two - the ruling APC and
the main opposition SLPP parties.
Even when it was quite clear to
eye witnesses that ruling party thugs and police did the
attacks on the opposition as they did at their
headquarters in 2009, it was always without any shame
that the country would see the opposition charged to
Yes - under the Ernest Bai
Koroma government, this is what they see as the basics
of democracy. Overturn the rule of law, send a message
to APC party thugs that they are above the law and if by
chance taken to court would walk out free - that is if
the nolle prosequi card had not already been played to
free the government and APC party-sposored hoodlums.
As we have often stated and will
again advise - Ernest Bai Koroma in his desperation for
a second term at whatever cost is warned - should he be
the architect of plans to destabilise and create chaos
in a country that is trying to rebuild after a
decade-long brutal war - then he and his thugs passing
off as APC party officials and state functionaries must
be held to account and punished accordingly.
It is worth recalling that the
United Nations Security Council in a resolution on 29th
September 2010 (Resolution 1940) lifted the arms embargo
on Sierra Leone which had been in place for more than 12
This came about because of the
report of the UNIPSIL representative then for Sierra
Leone who among other things informed the Security
Council that the government of Sierra Leone was now in
control of all parts of the territory of Sierra Leone -
a situation that had been carefully studied by the
international community ever since President Ahmed Tejan
Kabbah declared in 2002 that - "di wah don don" - the
war is over.
"In a unanimously adopted
resolution, the 15-member body recalled its readiness to
terminate the measures "once the control of the
Government of Sierra Leone has been fully re-established
over all its territory, and when all non-governmental
forces have been disarmed and demobilized."
This decision, it must be
recalled is predicated upon the government of Ernest Bai
Koroma government behaving itself as a truly democratic
government committed to, among others,
"the implementation of the
April 2, 2009 Joint Communique
by the political parties and their contribution towards
a sustained cessation of the political violence in
Sierra Leone and calling upon all political parties to
continue to adhere to its provisions and ensure its full
....Calls upon the Government of
Sierra Leone, with the support of UNIPSIL, development
partners and other stakeholders to continue good
governance reform by supporting the Anti-Corruption
Commission to increase the transparency and management
of Sierra Leone’s natural and mineral resources for the
benefit of all Sierra Leoneans and mitigating the risk
of resource based conflict.....
....Urges the Government to
accelerate the promotion of national unity and
United Nations Security Council
Resolution 1941 of 2010.