Mas­sive po­lice shakeup

Lesotho Times - - News - KeisoKe Mohloboli

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.

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