Thun­der­ous wel­come for Kamoli

Lesotho Times - - News - ’Marafaele Mohloboli

LERIBE — Army Com­man­der Lieu­tenant-gen­eral Tlali Kamoli was given a thun­der­ous wel­come by thou­sands of pre­dom­i­nantly Le­sotho Congress for Democ­racy (LCD) sup­port­ers at­tend­ing Deputy Prime Min­is­ter Mo­thetjoa Mets­ing’s 49th birth­day cel­e­bra­tion in Ma­hobong on Sun­day.

The deaf­en­ing re­cep­tion came hardly a week af­ter the re­lease of the Phumaphi re­port into Le­sotho’s in­sta­bil­ity, which among oth­ers, rec­om­mended Lt-gen Kamoli’s dis­missal as part of ef­forts to re­store peace and sta­bil­ity to the trou­bled King­dom.

Lt-gen Kamoli was in­tro­duced to the crowd along­side Na­tional Se­cu­rity Ser­vices Di­rec­tor Mohlakala Lerotholi, Po­lice Com­mis­sioner Mo­lahlehi Let­soepa, and sev­eral cab­i­net min­is­ters, among the many dig­ni­taries who at­tended the LCD leader’s be­lated cel­e­bra­tion.

How­ever, as Demo­cratic Congress (DC) deputy leader Monyane Moleleki in­tro­duced the dig­ni­taries, there was deaf­en­ing ap­plause when it came to Lt-gen Kamoli, as well as En­ergy Min­is­ter and LCD sec­re­tary gen­eral Se­libe Mo­choboroane.

Mr Moleleki had to take a long pause in his in­tro­duc­tion as the crowd took time to set­tle down, while Lt-gen Kamoli was all smiles at the adu­la­tion. The crowd also broke into song and dance for Mr Mo­choboroane, who could also not help but smile at the throng.

Most Ba­sotho are still wait­ing to see if the govern­ment is go­ing to im­ple­ment Jus­tice Mpa­phi Phumaphi’s rec­om­men­da­tions. The Botswana judge com­piled his re­port af­ter SADC had in­structed him to in- ves­ti­gate the death of for­mer army com­man­der Maa­parankoe Ma­hao on 25 June 2015, as well as other se­cu­rity-re­lated chal­lenges fac­ing Le­sotho. Lt-gen Ma­hao was killed by fel­low sol­diers who had come to ar­rest him for sus­pected mutiny.

Reads part of the Phumaphi re­port re­gard­ing Lt-gen Kamoli: “In the in­ter­est of restor­ing trust and ac­cep­tance of the LDF to the Ba­sotho na­tion, it is strongly rec­om­mended that Lieu­tenant-gen­eral Kamoli be re­lieved of his du­ties as Com­man­der LDF, and all LDF of­fi­cers im­pli­cated in cases of mur­der, at­tempted mur­der and trea­son be sus­pended while in­ves­ti­ga­tions in their cases pro­ceed in line with in­ter­na­tional best prac­tice.”

How­ever , Dr Mo­sisili has since said the govern­ment would pick and choose the rec­om­men­da­tions it would im­ple­ment. Ad­dress­ing the Na­tional As­sem­bly as he re­leased the re­port on Mon­day last week, Dr Mo­sisili said the govern­ment would soon study the 62-page re­port and see which rec­om­men­da­tions were im­ple­mentable.

“As Govern­ment, we will go about the process of study­ing the rec­om­men­da­tions and de­cid­ing which of them are im­ple­mentable in the short, medium and long-term with­out prej­u­dic­ing the in­ter­ests of the na­tion,” he said.

“A mere glance at some of the rec­om­men­da­tions in­di­cates that they are im­ple­mentable im­me­di­ately, whereas oth­ers will take time, and still oth­ers may not see the light of day. One thing I can read­ily as­sure the House and through it the gen­eral pub­lic, is that all the rec­om­men­da­tions will get the at­ten­tion they de­serve as rec­om­men­da­tions are NOT bind­ing or­ders.”

Army Com­man­der Lt-gen Tlali Kamoli

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Lesotho

© PressReader. All rights reserved.