Sierra Leone Army Confines Troops to Barracks Amid Political Crisis

Sierra Leone's army chief on Monday ordered soldiers to remain in their barracks and warned them to steer clear of a political crisis that has erupted following the controversial dismissal of the West African nation's vice-president. Major General Samuel Omar Williams told more than 2,000 troops gathered at a military barracks in Freetown, "Politics is not for a soldier." The main opposition party, the Sierra Leone People's Party, said on Sunday that it would embark on a nationwide campaign of peaceful demonstrations, civil disobedience and strikes from March 30 if Sam-Sumana is not reinstated.