sway. When security bosses’ appointments and promotions are politicallymotivated, they suffer politicisation as an incentive to join the politicians’ side.
Prime Minister Pakalitha Mosisili accused former police chief Khothatso Tšooana of incompetence, polarizing and for allowing police officers to partake in political activities and to support the prior ruling party under the leadership of former premier Thomas Thabane, because Tšooana was favoured by Dr Thabane.
In the same spirit, Dr Mosisili reappointed Lieutenant-general Tlali Kamoli as LDF commander and risked losing the financial aid from development partners, perhaps even factory jobs and sanctions to save Lt-gen Kamoli.
The 2015 census put the Lesotho population at approximately 2.10 million. Six out 10 people live below the national poverty line, with high unemployment rate among the youth which is estimated at 38 percent and most of these are graduates who are not able to get employment. Security forces are their only hope.
Therefore, politicization of these institutions has made it impossible for non-card holders to get jobs within the security forces. Basotho youths have had relatively easy access to employment within security forces until recently.
Now, recruitment into the police service and army is based on political affiliation, deliberately excluding those who are not card-carrying members.