The Sierra Leone Police (SLP) has observed in recent times that some political parties have been using their supporters as security apparatus (Marshals) whenever their parties have activities. Some Political parties have even gone as far as using these Marshals as personal security or body guards.
It is against this backdrop that the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Dr. Ambrose Michael Sovula on Wednesday 3rd March 2021 called on the leadership of the various political parties in his office at Police Headquarters to have a very frank discussion on the issue of marshals.
In a very assertive posture, the IGP openly and frankly admonished party representatives that the use of marshals in any shape or form is illegal and does not have any legal base.
He went further to say that; “we cannot have the SLP as the national law enforcement body and at the same time have another body or component seemingly to serve the same purpose”. The IGP categorically told them that the use of marshals by political parties is not allowed and will not be tolerated for as long as the SLP is in existence.
Several contributions were made by representatives of the Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP), the All People’s Congress (APC) party, the Coalition for Change (C4C) party and the National Grand Coalition (NGC) party. The Meeting ended in a very peaceful atmosphere with a concluding resolution that very few political party marshals could be allow to work alongside the Police but however insisted that it is the SLP that should always provide security for all Political parties in the country.