Deputy police chief quits
DEPUTY Commissioner of Police (DCP) Holomo Molibeli has resigned amid mounting pressure from Lesotho Congress for Democracy (LCD) members who accused him of disrespecting their leader and Deputy Prime Minister Mothetjoa Metsing.
DCP Molibeli was head of the Criminal Investigation Service and his resignation was with effect from Monday this week.
It could not be immediately established why he decided to call it a day when he was not yet due for official retirement.
DCP Molibeli had yesterday promised to talk to the Lesotho Times about his decision to leave the service he joined in 1988 as a trooper, but did not turn up for the interview. He did not respond to subsequent calls to his cellphone.
Police spokesperson Clifford Molefe yesterday confirmed Mr Molibeli’s departure from the police.
“DCP Molibeli applied for early retirement last week and started leave pending early retirement on Monday. The Police Act of 1998 stipulates that officers qualify for early retirement from the age of 45. I am not saying DCP Molibeli is 45 years of age now but just wanted to tell you what the law says about early retirement,” Superintendent Molefe said.
According to Superintendent Molefe, DCP Molibeli did not give reasons why he applied for early retirement.
Meanwhile, Mr Molibeli’s departure comes just a week after LCD members, among them party spokesperson Teboho Sekata, went on local radio stations and challenged him on the utterances he allegedly made in 2014 regarding Mr Metsing.
Mr Molibeli was president of the Lesotho Police Staff Association (LEPOSA) and a Senior Superintendent at the time, when he allegedly said he did not consider Mr Metsing the deputy premier due to his lack of support for the police in their struggle for a better salary and rank structure and new uniforms.
The LCD claimed he made the utterances while addressing guests attending the farewell party of former police commissioner Khothatso Tšooana held at Police Training College.
The LCDCD also accused Mr Molibeli of campaigning for the All Basotho Convention (ABC) and urging ng the police to vote for the party in the 28 Februaryary 2015 snap elections.
The utterances tterances Mr Molibeli is accused of were allegedlyegedly made when Mr Metsing and then primeme minister and ABC leader Thomas Thabane were involved in a bitter power-struggle whichh eventually led to the collapse of the ABC, LCDD and Basotho National Party (BNP) government ent and early elections on 28 February last year.
Asked about the LCD’S position now that Mr Molibeli had quit the police, Mr Sekata said the party did not care about his reasons for leaving office but only his position on Mr Metsing.
“I want t it to be clear here. The LCD has not pushed for DCP Molibeli’s ouster. All the LCD wantednted was for him to explain whether he still considers Mr Metsing as ‘nothing’ and not the Deputy Prime Minister of His Majesty’s s government.
“We arere not concerned about his retirement becausecause we don’t know his reasons for that decision,” Mr Sekata said.
DCP Molibeli joined the LMPS in 1988 and rose through the ranks until he was promoted d from Senior Superintendent to Deputy Commissioner of Police in January 2015. In our article titled ‘ Basotho Defiant Over MMM’, we stated that ‘Although the Central Bank of Lesotho (CBL) and Consumer Protection Association (CPA) have warned the nation against investing in MMM Global saying it is illegal, Basotho continue to join the scheme and reaping handsome rewards on their donations’.
However, the CPA has distanced itself from this statement and pointed out there is no law in Lesotho that outlaws the operations of MMM “therefore, it is inappropriate for your newspaper to claim that we have said that it is illegal”.
We unreservedly apologise for any inconvenience this error may have caused to the CPA. — Editor
RETIRED Deputy Commissioner of Police Holomo Molibeli
RETIRED Deputy Commissioner of Police Holomo Molibeli.