Army, po­lice op­er­a­tion brings chaos to city

Lesotho Times - - Front Page - Billy Ntaote

A JOINT stop-and-search op­er­a­tion by the army and po­lice yes­ter­day af­ter­noon brought chaos to the Maseru Main Bus Stop area.

The op­er­a­tion was largely tar­get­ing male pedes­tri­ans, and was in re­sponse to the re­cent shoot­ings which have taken place in the area.

The Le­sotho Times un­der­stands the op­er­a­tion was ini­tially tar­get­ing famo gangs whose feud­ing has killed dozens of artists and their fans, as well as in­no­cent res­i­dents, over re­cent months.

Ac­cord­ing to sources privy to the op­er­a­tion, the po­lice had al­legedly es­tab­lished that the famo gangs were killing their ri­vals as they vis­ited shacks il­le­gally sell­ing al­co­hol and food in the Bus Stop area, hence the op­er­a­tion.

Le­sotho De­fence Force (LDF) spokesper­son, Colonel Ntlele Ntoi, said the army had come in to sup­port the po­lice in the op­er­a­tion and would con­tinue do­ing so un­til the ex­er­cise is com­plete.

“It is as a re­sult of the po­lice com­mis­sioner’s de­ci­sion that the army’s sup­port was so­licited to aug­ment po­lice ef­forts in search­ing for il­le­gal firearms used in the shoot­ings which have oc­curred around the Bus Stop area.

“The army would be work­ing to­gether with the po­lice for a cer­tain pe­riod that the sol­diers have been given to be present dur­ing the op­er­a­tion. At its con­clu­sion, the army would re­turn back to the bar­racks and let the po­lice con­tinue with their nor­mal polic­ing du­ties,” said Colonel Ntoi.

For his part, po­lice spokesper­son Se­nior In­spec­tor Clifford Molefe said the joint-op­er­a­tion was all about pub­lic safety.

“I can­not re­veal more de­tails about the op­er­a­tion at the mo­ment, but suf­fice to say it was all about pub­lic safety,” he said.

SOL­DIERS and the po­lice con­duct the op­er­a­tion yes­ter­day.

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