Massive police shakeup
NINENIN senior Lesotho Mounted Police Service (LMPS) members were slappedslap with transfer-letters yesterdayterd in a move insiders said had left officers fearing for their jobs.
TheT transferred members’ ranks rangeran from Senior Inspector to Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP). One of the transfer-letters dated 14 April 2015, and signed by Staff Officer to the Commissioner of Police, Senior Inspector Leabua Shale, reads: “I have been directed by the Commissioner of Police (COM- POL) to hereby inform you of your transfer with immediate effect. Upon receipt of this letter, you will be expected to handover the responsibilities of your current office and take over the duties of your new office, and then report yourself before the Senior Assistant Commissioner of Police for instruction of duty. You are to handover the responsibilities of your current office immediately. Best Regards-senior Inspector Shale (Staff Officer to COMPOL).”
According to the shakeup, Assistant Commissioner of Police Sello Mosisili, who was heading the Criminal Intelligence Service (CIS) and is now leading the Stock Theft and Detection Unit (STDU).
Senior Inspector Lebona Mohloboli, who was LMPS spokesperson and based at Police Headquarters, was moved to Maseru Central Charge Office, but did not get any specific duty. He was replaced by Senior Inspector Clifford Molefe who was working in the Police Headquarters Press Office. ACP Lenea, who head of the STDU, is now Regional Commissioner-south Region, while ACP Janki Hlaahla was removed as Regional Commissioner-central Region and is now head of CIS.
ACP Mpota Nthako was removed
as head-inspectorate on Complaints and Discipline, ACP Shekoe Sebutsoe was removed as District Commissioner of Maseru Urban, ACP Lerata Fobo as head of Special Support Unit and Senior Superintendent Teboho Masaile also taken away from the Stock Theft Unit at Police Headquarters. The Lesotho Times could not immediately establish their new roles by the time of going to press last night.
Acting Commissioner of Police Keketso Monaheng confirmed the shakeup to the Lesotho Times but refused to go into details of the transfers.
“Let us not talk about the transfers because they are internal issues which are still in the office of the Commissioner of Police. I can’t go into details until they are officially announced,” Mr Monaheng said.
Commissioner Keketso Monaheng.