The Gambia Armed Forces (GAF) has on Wednesday 29th June 2022, issued a strong warning condemning civilians wearing military fatigues and camouflage, adding that those wearing military wear are urged to stop next week Wednesday.
The GAF release also warned businesses’ engaging in selling military wear to stop henceforth and immediately, noting that this applies to those bent on unauthorized importation, sale as well as uncontrolled usage of military items such as uniforms, jackets, boots, and caps by some individuals and entities.
They noted that similarly, the use of these military-related fabrics has been seen online on several instances that are inimical to the normal military associable functions lest issues of impersonation become all the more present,” the army said in a statement.
“It should be emphasized that the wanton abuse of the use of military camouflage, combat boots and caps in public presents security challenges to the Armed and Security Services.
This development is therefore unfortunate and dangerous precedent and if left unchecked could be used beyond measure by organized criminal gangs and unscrupulous individuals not only to impersonate members of the Armed Forces but also to perpetrate crimes within the community,” the statement pointed out.
The statement added: “It may be instructive to note that it is prohibited under Section 169 subsection 1, 2 and 3 of the Criminal Code, Laws of The Gambia to use and engage in the importation and sale of military uniforms and regalia without authority.”
“GAF continued to warn individuals and businesses involved in the use, importation, and sale of military stores to stop immediately and comply with this advisory to avoid confiscation and possible legal action.
“The Gambia Armed Forces wishes to further reiterate its commitment to maintaining the peace and security of this country and therefore would not compromise on any issue that has the potential to threaten national security.
“A grace period of one week commencing from Wednesday 29 June to Wednesday 06 July 2022 is therefore granted in good faith for all those concerned to comply accordingly. The cooperation of the general public is herewith duly sought,” the statement concluded.