Deputy po­lice chief quits

Lesotho Times - - Front Page - Keiso Mohloboli Mat­ter of Fact

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.

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