Tšooana, Ma­hao leave SA

. . . but Lt Gen Kamoli re­mains while SADC fi­nalises his de­par­ture for Uganda

Lesotho Times - - News - Keiso Mohloboli

Le­sotho De­fence Force (LDF) Com­man­der Lieu­tenant Gen­eral Maa­parankoe Ma­hao and Le­sotho Mounted Po­lice Ser­vice (LMPS) Com­mis­sioner, Khothatso Tšooana left South Africa this week for Su­dan and Al­ge­ria re­spec­tively, where they would be spend­ing their leave of ab­sence in line with the Maseru Se­cu­rity Ac­cord (MSA) signed on 23 Oc­to­ber 2014.

Lt Gen Tlali Kamoli, who is also part of the MSA deal bro­kered by the South­ern African De­vel­op­ment Com­mu­nity (SADC), is ex­pected to leave for his des­ti­na­tion, Uganda, next week, ac­cord­ing to Gov­ern­ment Sec­re­tary, Moahloli Mphaka.

The trio had been in South Africa since 21 Novem­ber 2014, with both Lt Gen Ma­hao and Com­mis­sioner Tšooana ex­press­ing frus­tra­tion at their con­tin­ued stay in the neigh­bour­ing coun­try in an in­ter­view with the Le­sotho Times last week.

Un­der the MSA fa­cil­i­tated by South African Deputy Pres­i­dent Cyril Ramaphosa, the three se­cu­rity bosses were re­quired to go to an African or Com­mon­wealth coun­try on spe­cial leave within 21 days of the sign­ing of the deal to al­low the restora­tion of peace be­tween the LMPS and LDF, whose con­tin­ued feud­ing — mainly due to per­son­al­ity clashes be­tween ComPol Tšooana and Lt Gen Kamoli — had brought Le­sotho to the brink of civil war.

The leave of ab­sence is also meant to en­sure peace pre­vails in Le­sotho in the run-up to the Fe­bru­ary 2015 snap elec­tion.

The early poll is the re­sult of the Maseru Fa­cil­i­ta­tion Dec­la­ra­tion (MFD) signed on 2 Oc­to­ber 2014, also through Mr Ramaphosa’s me­di­a­tion.

Le­sotho had to go for an elec­tion two years early after the fall of the tri­par­tite gov­ern­ment led by Prime Min­is­ter Thomas Tha­bane.

Deputy Prime Min­is­ter had ac­cused Dr Tha­bane of mak­ing uni­lat­eral de­ci­sions on key is­sues with a bear­ing on good gov­er­nance, hence the col­lapse of the rul­ing al­liance and next Fe­bru­ary’s elec­tion.

How­ever, ac­cord­ing to Mr Mphaka, both ComPol Tšooana and Lt Gen Ma­hao would no longer make a stopover at the African Union head­quar­ters in Ad­dis Ababa, Ethiopia, en­route to their re­spec­tive des­ti­na­tions, as ini- tially ar­ranged .

“Lt Gen Ma­hao left for Su­dan yes­ter­day evening, while ComPol Tšooana flew to Al­ge­ria this af­ter­noon,” Mr Mphaka told the Le­sotho Times on Tues­day evening.

“Lt Gen Kamoli’s ac­com­mo­da­tion is­sue has not yet been fi­nalised with the Uganda gov­ern­ment, so he will re­main in Jo­han­nes­burg and prob­a­bly by end of next week, he would also go to his des­ti­na­tion,” Mr Mphaka said.

Ac­cord­ing to Mr Mphaka, the three se­cu­rity chiefs would earn their monthly salaries, and also “tem­po­rar­ily” each get $230 (M2530) in daily al­lowances.

“They will get their nor­mal salaries, and tem­po­rar­ily each re­ceive $230 a day as per gov­ern­ment’s per-diem rate. How­ever, the gov­ern­ment is yet to con­clude on the al­low- ance pack­age to avoid giv­ing them the money on a daily ba­sis,” Mr Mphaka said. The SADC head of mis­sion –– Le­sotho, Fan­nie Phakola con­firmed the de­par­ture of both Lt Gen Ma­hao and ComPol Tšooana, adding: “Pro­cesses are still in progress for Lt Gen Kamoli’s stay in Uganda on his leave and as soon as they are com­plete, he will be go­ing to his des­ti­na­tion.”

LMPS Com­mis­sioner, Khothatso tšooana

Lieu­tenant Gen­eral Maa­parankoe Ma­hao

Lieu­tenant Gen­eral tlali Kamoli

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