Po­lit­i­cal ob­server.

Lesotho Times - - Leader -

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.

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