Mokhosi scoffs at Mokaloba ru­mours

Lesotho Times - - News - Keiso Mohloboli

DE­FENCE and Na­tional Se­cu­rity Min­is­ter Tšeliso Mokhosi has dis­missed al­le­ga­tions that a Le­sotho De­fence Force (LDF) se­nior mem­ber, Bri­gadier Ra­manka Mokaloba ( pic­tured), was fired from his post last week over dif­fer­ences with army com­man­der Lieu­tenant-gen­eral Tlali Kamoli.

Spec­u­la­tion has been rife this week that Lt-gen Kamoli had served Brig Mokaloba with a dis­missal let­ter. It has been fur­ther al­leged that Brig Mokaloba de­clined to ac­cept the let­ter cit­ing Lt-gen Kamoli’s own re­fusal to be fired by for­mer premier Thomas Tha­bane in 2014.

An au­dio record­ing which has gone vi­ral on so­cial me­dia from an uniden­ti­fied sol­dier, who claims to have in­ti­mate knowl­edge of the mat­ter, quotes the sol­dier as claim­ing that he had seen Brig Mokaloba’s dis­missal let­ter.

Said the record­ing: “Bo-ntate it is true that Mokaloba has been served with a dis­missal let­ter. LDF au­thor­i­ties want Mokaloba out be­cause they are scared that he will ex­pose their deals when Kamoli leaves the in­sti­tu­tion.

“The move to dis­miss Mokaloba is just to save Kamoli’s skin and it is il­le­gal be­cause they are just dis­miss­ing him with­out any dis­ci­plinary hear­ing.

“They can’t just boot him out with­out any rea­son. His po­si­tion is not like that of a com­man­der where he can be booted out by His Majesty King Let­sie III on the ad­vice of the Prime Min­is­ter.”

But Mr Mokhosi dis­missed the claims, in­clud­ing al­le­ga­tions that Brig Mokaloba had been shot dur­ing an al­ter­ca­tion with other sol­diers who wanted him to leave the LDF, as non­sense be­ing dis­patched by peo­ple who want to see the LDF “de­gen­er­at­ing into tat­ters”.

“There is no such thing, I have never seen ei­ther the dis­missal or any long leave of ab­sence let­ter for

Brig Mokaloba,” said the min­is­ter in an in­ter­view this week.

“Brig Mokaloba is still a sol­dier and will not be dis­missed be­cause he is a dis­ci­plined and loyal sol­dier.”

The min­is­ter also dis­missed ram­pant so­cial me­dia in­for­ma­tion that he had a se­cret meet­ing with Deputy Prime Min­is­ter Mo­thetjoa Mets­ing and Lt-gen Kamoli to plan Brig Mokaloba’s dis­missal.

“This is just a cam­paign by a cer­tain group of peo­ple who want to see the LDF in tat­ters and who want to tar­nish the im­age of my leader, Mr Mets­ing.

“Is­sues of dis­missals are dealt with by me, the army com­man­der, the Prime Min­is­ter and His Majesty the King in a trans­par­ent way and not at some al­leged se­cret meet­ings.”

Mr Mokhosi also said he is aware of claims that Brig Mokaloba was shot and said he was dis­miss­ing them with the con­tempt they de­serve: “Ntate Mokaloba was never shot; he is still healthy with­out any gun­shot wounds.”

Ef­forts to get a com­ment from Bri­gadier Mokaloba failed yes­ter­day.

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