Ten reasons why Kamoli should be a worried man
WEEKS prior to Lieutenant General Tlali Kamoli’s removal from Lesotho, the country was lashed by severe snowstorms that devastated a large part of the country and destroyed hundreds of homes.
It wreaked untold havoc. Just a day after he left these shores, soft soaking rains to relieve the severe drought fell on Lesotho.
It was as if we had incurred the wrath of the gods. Your guess is as good as mine. However, my sincere commiserations to those who suffered damage to property and crops.
The Sunday Express, November 23, story entitled “Kamoli demanded assurances before departure,” cries out for a response.
Basotho National Party leader and Sports Minister Thesele ‘Maseribane reportedly said in the article:
“We met with Mr Ramaphosa on Thursday in Pretoria and he told us that during a meeting he had with Kamoli on Tuesday in Maseru, the man demanded that his leave be gazetted as an indication that he would get his job back upon his return to Lesotho, be assured that he would not be arrested while in transit or when he arrived at his destination, and be allowed to travel with his personal bodyguards.”
First, these sentiments from Lt Gen Kamoli show in no uncertain terms that contrary to his repeated public utterances and that of his congress brigade allies, he knew quite well that the gazette releaving him of his duties as commander of the Lesotho Defence Force (LDF) was lawful.
How else would he demand assurances? I pity him because the man genuinely but erroneously believes the job of the command of LDF is his for life.
He reminds me, if you humour my comparison, if only to make my point clear – of the late Muammar-el-Gaddaffi of Libya and Saddam Hussein of Iraq (may their souls rest in peace).
Clearly he is still under the illusion the LDF command is still his to lose. This is the sort of dementia that the aforementioned two despots had, which incidentally has also afflicted Lt Gen Kamoli.
Second, he demanded that he not be arrested while in transit or upon arrival at his destination.
This is clearly because his iron-grip control of the LDF, a national institution meant to serve every Mosotho and protect the Constitution and territorial sovereignty of Lesotho, had been loosened, unfairly according to him.
Lt Gen Kamoli does not need to be a trained lawyer to know he faces criminal charges as it is clear to everyone that, barring a miracle, he will face the music concerning the attacks on three Maseru homes as well as the regrettable events of 30th August.
That he was compelled to leave his country of birth under a cloud of unprecedented controversy must be giving him sleepless nights.
That he is no longer part of the LDF furniture must also disconcert him. That he no longer has a bevy of heavily-armed soldiers flanking him around the clock to intimidate those he perceives to be his enemies can only bring him great worry.
Third, Lt Gen Kamoli demanded to travel during his entire banishment with his full entourage of personal bodyguards. When I learned of that, I laughed my lungs out owing to its preposterousness.
The man has denied the leadership of his country and the entire populace, including all sectors of law enforcement, peaceful sleep during the night and the entire nation is on a knife-edge for the past eleven months, yet he demands the same nation to bankroll his enforced sojourn in a foreign country together with his alleged partners in crime.
He earnestly believes this nation owes him gratitude for the problems he has brought. He earnestly believes he has been wronged together with his entourage by this nation. How more preposterous can one be?
Readers will remember the late Tarig Aziz, prime minister during Saddam Hussein’s reign. On live television, as the American tanks were rumbling a few hundred metres within his earshot, he assured the worldwide viewership they were still in control. He claimed there were no enemy tanks on their own doorstep.
In like manner, Lt Gen Kamoli is being delusional. This is not an attribute unique to him. He never, in his wildest nightmares, ever thought he could relinquish his iron grip-like control of the LDF. He was treating the national institution like his fiefdom.
Furthermore, he erroneously believes by having his bodyguards in tow wherever he goes his security will not be breached nor will he ever be arrested.
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He knows that he faces a litany of charges both against the state, public peace and privatepriva individuals.
He knows it is not always easy to get away scot-free after what he did.
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Because he stayed longer than he was supposed to in his post, I can count more than 10 charges that could possibly be levelled against him.
In my view, the charges listed below that can be preferred against Lt Gen Kamoli in the event he is charged:
1. Treason — in that he, owing allegiance to the kingdom of Lesotho, and being a citizen of Lesotho, unlawfully did acts with the intention of overthrowing or coercing the government of Lesotho.
2. Sedition — He, together with others, came together in an unlawful gathering with the intention of defying or subverting the authority of the government of Lesotho but without the intention of overthrowing or coercing it.
3. Offences against the Royal Family — in that he knowingly committed acts calculated to violate the dignity or injure the reputation of the Royal Family.
4. Breach of the Peace — in that he is the public place, uses obscene, abusive threatening or insulting words or behaviour or otherwise conducts himself with intent to provoke a breach of the peace or in such a manner that a breach of the peace is committed or likely to be committed.
5. Provoking public violence — in that he acted or conducted himself in such a manner or spoke words from which there is a real likelihood that the natural and probable con- sequence of his act, conduct or speech under the circumstances led to the commission of public circumstances led to the commission of public violence by members of the public generally and by persons whose presence the conduct act is addressed.
6. Obstruction of the course of justice and officially constituted public enquiries — in that he made statements and performed acts with the intention of defeating or interfering with the course of justice.
7. Harbouring terrorists — in that he harboured and concealed or caused to be harboured any person he knew to have committed or to have been convicted of an act of terrorism and against whom a warrant of arrest for such an act had been issued.
8. Obstruction of terrorist investigation — in that he interfered with material which is likely to be relevant to a terrorist investigation.
9. Information about acts of terrorism — in that he had information he knows, or believes might be of material assistance in preventing the commission by another of an act terrorism.
10. Commissioner of various offences under the Defence Force Act 2005. There, coupled together with the violation of various security legislation are too many to enumerate here.
They obviously give Lt. Gen. Kamoli sleepless nights without his iron ring of security personnel.
When all is said and done, and fortuitously for Lt Gen Kamoli, if he is ever charged, he shall enjoy all the rights enshrined in the Constitution under Section 12, Right to a fair trial, and so on. Subsection (1) if a person is charged with a criminal offence, then, unless the charge is withdrawn, the case shall be afforded a fair hearing within a reasonable time by an independent and impartial court established by law.
Ironically, these are all the rights that he refused his victims and the nation during his alleged reign of terror.
Lt Gen Tlali Kamoli