Kamoli a latter day Jonas Savimbi
REGULAR readers of Scrutator will know that I am not a fan of one Tlali Kennedy Kamoli, the small time terrorist who purports to be the commander of the Lesotho Defence Force (LDF).
We are mired in our current turmoil because of him and are likely to face more problems because of Kamoli.
The elections slated for February 2015 might not take place because of Kamoli. The maseru rumour mill has been in overdrive with allegations that Tlali Kennedy Kamoli is now instigating the sabotage of the maseru Security Accord (msa)which was brokered by SADC facilitator Cyril ramaphosa to, among other things, enable Kamoli a soft landing, after all his terrorist actions, and allow this country to move on.
In terms of the MSA, Kamoli, Police Commissioner Khothatso Tšooana, and new LDF boss maaparankoe mahao are supposed to be shafted to some obscure refresher courses abroad while their deputies take over their functions until the elections slated for next February.
Mahao is the guy whom Cyclone Tom appointed to replace Kamoli but has not set his foot in the barracks because the terrorist Kamoli is refusing to vacate office.
mahao and Tšooana have nevertheless accepted their fate. Tšooana has handed over his duties to his deputy masupha masupha in line with the accord.
mahao, who never assumed his duties; courtesy of Kamoli, did not have duties to hand over in the first place as he became the first ever army commander to operate from hiding. But mahao has agreed to go and not insist on his appointment.
Kamoli, nevertheless, refuses to vacate the barracks despite having appended his signature to the security accord.
In fact, Kamoli is alleged to have threatened the man who was supposed to take over from him, LDF deputy commander Khoantle motsomotso, from accepting his appointment letter.
motsomotso was later said to have explained that he had refused to accept his appointment letter because he found it unnecessary to do so since LDF regulations automatically give him the authority to become acting commander whenever the incumbent is away.
It does not need a rocket scientist to establish that motsomotso is telling pink lies here. every professional acting appointment needs to be confirmed in writing. We are not talking here of a company boss appointing his concubine within the company to act in a certain position as a receptionist or secretary.
We are talking here of a very serious case; the appointment of someone to act in a very critical position at the helm of a national army. This acting appointment was made necessary by an ill-fated attempt to topple a legitimate prime minister and subsequently brokered by none other than the venerable Cyril ramaphosa. So an appointment letter is not only essential here, it’s a pre-requisite.
It is obvious that motsomotso’s refusal to accept his appointment letter had everything to do with Kamoli’s threats and wish to cling on to power. my question to Kamoli and all Basotho today is: Who is Tlali Kennedy Kamoli and in what capacity does he continue holding this country to ransom?
I have an answer to the question I have just posed. Kamoli is a small time terrorist, a later day Savimbi, with an inflated ego and huge sense of self importance.
Kamoli has nevertheless not learnt a lesson from his supposed “hero”, Savimbi, whom he is trying to emulate. There is a saying that if you live by the sword, you will die by the sword. Savimbi lived by the sword, he inevitably died by the sword.
For those among us who are uninitiated in current affairs, Savimbi is that despicable terrorist who virtually held Angola to ransom for decades. After the elections in 1975, Savimbi started a civil war which never ended until he was shot dead in 2002.
arious attempts to broker peace in Angola failed because Savimbi would not give up unless he became president. When he lost elections in 1992, he went back to civil war. Hundreds of thousands of lives were lost in the process.
The only difference between Kamoli and Savimbi of course is that the later promoted his insanity during the cold war era when he could easily master the backing of the West. In fact the ronald reagan administration poured millions into Savimbi’s Unita terrorist organisation against Jose eduardo Dos Santos’s legitimately elected MPLA.
While Savimbi evolved into a wealth terrorist, Kamoli is a pauper terrorist. He simply does not have the resources to sustain the rebellion that he has begun. The cold war days are long over and no one will come to Kamoli’s aid.
even if the cold war was still on, Kamoli will not have any Western backer because Le- sotho would not warrant the attention of any Western power. This all explains Kamoli’s anthropological banality.
Instead of thanking ramaphosa for brokering the maseru Security Accord which potentially lets him of the hook, Kamoli is now busy sabotaging it. The fact that is lost to Kamoli is that he promoted and sponsored terrorist acts which caused the unnecessary loss of life. For that he must be thrown to the sharks in the deep blue sea. If I were him, I would have grabbed the maseru Security Accord and taken the earliest opportunity to be sent abroad. But alas, Kamoli seems determined to stay and continue purporting to be commander of the LDF. How more stupid can a man get?
If Kamoli elects to continue playing the role of saboteur, there is a simple and final solution for SADC; to intervene militarily and topple him by force. It will not need the same amount of resources as were required to topple Savimbi. It will not need anything more than a squadron of well-armed South African street kids to take him out of his misery.
The fact is that Kamoli cannot continue holding this nation to ransom. He must accept and embrace the maseru Security Accord and take his chance to go to some security refresher assignment abroad.
At least he can enjoy some temporary reprieve from his crimes against humanity. If his allies return to power, he can have another go at the helm of the LDF and probably enjoy an even longer reprieve.
The fact, nonetheless, remains that Kamoli killed innocent people. He is a terrorist. It’s because of him that Lesotho is now in turmoil. Kamoli must not only go, he must face all the charges the police will care to raise against him. He is no demigod.
He must account for his actions. There is no room for impunity.