Kamoli se­cu­rity roadmap ‘im­presses’ Ramaphosa

Lesotho Times - - News - Keiso Mohloboli

A “Se­cu­rity roadmap” pro­posed by Lieu­tenant Gen­eral tlali Kamoli “for the Fe­bru­ary 2015 gen­eral elec­tions and beyond” has re­port­edly im­pressed South­ern African De­vel­op­ment com­mu­nity (SADC) Fa­cil­i­ta­tor to Le­sotho, cyril ramaphosa, sources privy to the case told the Le­sotho Times this week.

the roadmap, which was al­legedly dis­cussed dur­ing Mr ramaphosa’s visit to Le­sotho last week on his SADC mis­sion, sug­gests how the Le­sotho De­fence Force (LDF) and Le­sotho Mounted Po­lice Ser­vice (LMPS) could work in har­mony once again.

re­la­tions be­tween the LDF and LMPS have been strained in re­cent months and reached break­ing point in April this year when Lt Gen Kamoli — who was then army com­man­der be­fore his dis­missal by Prime Min­is­ter thomas tha­bane on 28 Au­gust for al­leged in­sub­or­di­na­tion, and re­placed by Lt Gen Maa­parankoe Ma­hao — re­fused to sur­ren­der eight sol­diers the po­lice needed to in­ter­view in con­nec­tion with the si­mul­ta­ne­ous bombing of three Maseru homes on the night of 27 Jan­uary 2014.

One of the at­tacked homes be­longed to LMPS com­mis­sioner, Khothatso tšooana, while the oth­ers were owned by Dr tha­bane’s part­ner, Li­a­biloe ramo­holi, and her neigh­bour, ‘Mamo­let­sane Mo­let­sane.

Lt Gen Kamoli, who re­fused to ac­cept his dis­missal as LDF com­man­der, re­mains in full con­trol of the army, in­sist­ing the ex­pul­sion was il­le­gal.

How­ever, SADC has since in­ter­vened in the im­passe through South Africa’s Deputy Pres­i­dent Mr ramaphosa, who bro­kered the Maseru Se­cu­rity Ac­cord (MSA) signed on 23 Oc­to­ber 2014.

un­der the MSA, Lt Gen Kamoli, Lt Gen Ma­hao, and com­mis­sioner tšooana are sup­posed to go to an African or com­mon­wealth coun­try on in­def­i­nite leave to al­low the restora­tion of cor­dial re­la­tions be­tween the two feud­ing se­cu­rity agen­cies be­fore Le­sotho holds snap elec­tions in Fe­bru­ary 2015.

Dur­ing the leave of ab­sence, which comes into ef­fect on 21 Novem­ber 2014, the three men are not sup­posed to “ex­er­cise any au­thor­ity or un­due in­flu­ence over the LDF or LMPS”, which would be un­der the lead­er­ship of their deputies.

How­ever, Lt Gen Kamoli has pro­posed a roadmap he be­lieves would see the LDF and LMPS work­ing in har­mony be­fore and after the Sadc-bro­kered early elec­tions, which were prompted by the col­lapse of the coali­tion gov­ern­ment com­pris­ing Dr tha­bane’s All Ba­sotho con­ven­tion, Le­sotho congress for Democ­racy and Ba­sotho Na­tional Party led by Deputy Prime Min­is­ter Mo­th­etjoa Mets­ing and Sports Min­is­ter th­e­sele ‘Maserib­ane, re­spec­tively.

in the doc­u­ment ti­tled “Pro­posal of Le­sotho De­fence Force for re­al­i­sa­tion of Maseru Se­cu­rity Ac­cord and Sug­gested Se­cu­rity roadmap to the Fe­bru­ary 2015 Gen­eral elec­tions and Beyond” — a copy of which the Le­sotho Times has man­aged to ob­tain — Lt Gen Kamoli writes:

“Bear­ing in mind the route that has been trav­elled from the in­cep­tion of the Wind­hoek Dec­la­ra­tion (signed on 31 July 2014), Vic­to­ria Falls SADC Sum­mit Decision (18 Au­gust 2014), Pre­to­ria Dec­la­ra­tion (signed on 1 Septem­ber 2014) and Maseru Fa­cil­i­ta­tion Dec­la­ra­tion (MFD) (signed on 2 Oc­to­ber 2014), all the above-men­tioned agree­ments were meant to en­sure a last­ing po­lit­i­cal sit­u­a­tion in Le­sotho.

“Be­sides, the is­sue re­lat­ing to the se­cu­rity sit­u­a­tion was ad­dressed sub­se­quent to the sign­ing of the MFD (meant to re­store po­lit­i­cal sta­bil­ity to Le­sotho).

“it is worth stat­ing that the King­dom of Le­sotho has been faced with con­tin­u­ous se­cu­rity chal­lenges that man­i­fest them­selves through ten­sion and lack of trust and co­op­er­a­tion be­tween the LDF and LMPS.”

Lt Gen Kamoli then ac­knowl­edges Mr ramaphosa’s ef­forts to re­store peace be­tween the LDF and LMPS since his ap­point­ment as

Fa­cil­i­ta­tor on 17 Septem­ber 2014, and pro­poses how this process could be fur­ther en­hanced for last­ing sta­bil­ity in the King­dom.

Lt Gen Kamoli also notes his leave starts on 24 Novem­ber 2014 “after the ex­pi­ra­tion of the 21 work­ing days” from the sign­ing of the MSA.

He con­tin­ues: “In an ef­fort to af­firm its com­mit­ment to­wards the ini­tia­tive of po­lit­i­cal and se­cu­rity sta­bil­ity, as well as to pro­mote trust and co­op­er­a­tion be­tween the LDF and LMPS, the LDF com­mand has re­alised the need to ini­ti­ate di­a­logue at strate­gic and op­er­a­tional level be­tween the two se­cu­rity agen­cies.

“it is also im­por­tant to have such ac­tiv­i­ties that will bring to­gether per­son­nel in the form of joint ven­tures, work­shops and op­er­a­tional ac­tiv­i­ties.

“the un­der­stand­ing and ap­pre­ci­a­tion of the stated pro­posal above will or­di­nar­ily lead to the ful­fil­ment of the obli­ga­tions and un­der­tak­ings guar­an­teed in the MSA for the recog­ni­tion, re­spect and com­pli­ance with the al­ready men­tioned doc­u­ments and laws.”

Lt Gen Kamoli’s Pro­posed Se­cu­rity Strat­egy:

Joint Op­er­a­tion Cen­tre

there is need to es­tab­lish a Joint Op­er­a­tion cen­tre (JOC) and Sub-jocs to man­age the op­er­a­tions of both the LDF and LMPS, which will ul­ti­mately work to­gether be­fore and dur­ing the elec­tion pe­riod in plan­ning op­er­a­tions and mon­i­tor­ing of ex­e­cu­tions of op­er­a­tions.

ex­am­ples of du­ties/op­er­a­tions to be car­ried out are Ve­hi­cle check Point; ur­ban Pa­trols; cor­don and Search Op­er­a­tions.

Sport­ing Ac­tiv­i­ties

the idea is to build one­ness be­tween the LDF and LMPS through dif­fer­ent sport­ing ac­tiv­i­ties, volleyball, netball, ten­nis, and aer­o­bics.

Clean­ing Cam­paigns

Joint clean­ing cam­paigns to be car­ried out simultaneously in dif­fer­ent towns around Le­sotho.

Fun Walks

Fun walks to be car­ried out by LDF and LMPS mem­bers in Maseru and other dis­tricts in civil clothes fol­lowed by re­fresh­ments.

Work­shops

the work­shops will cover, in­ter alia, peace­keep­ing and re­lated is­sues; do­mes­tic vi­o­lence; HIV & AIDS; ebola out­break.

Prayer Ses­sions

One of the key means to be utilised in the process is the prayer ses­sion to be con­ducted by chap­lains from the LDF & LMPS.

im­por­tantly, both must quote rel­e­vant verses eq­ui­table for the pur­pose of the ses­sions. the mes­sage will be pre­sented in writ­ten form and the prayer has to be con­ducted within the bar­racks or LMPS premises.

con­tacted for com­ment on Mr ramaphosa’s al­leged “en­thu­si­as­tic” re­sponse to the roadmap, his spokesper­son, ron­nie Mamoepa said: “What­ever was dis­cussed be­tween Mr ramaphosa and Lt Gen Kamoli re­mains con­fi­den­tial.

“it is pre­ma­ture for me to com­ment on some­thing which is at con­fi­den­tial level. As soon as pro­cesses are ready for pub­lic con­sump­tion we will def­i­nitely in­form you.”

From left: Prime min­is­ter Thomas Tha­bane, SADC Fa­cil­i­ta­tor to Le­sotho Cyril ramaphosa and Lt Gen Tlali Kamoli dur­ing the sign­ing of the maseru Se­cu­rity Ac­cord last month.

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