Ba­sotho speak out on Kamoli exit

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WITH the gov­ern­ment an­nounc­ing its de­ci­sion to part ways with the Le­sotho De­fence Force (LDF) com­man­der Lieu­tenant-gen­eral Tlali Kamoli, Le­sotho Times re­porter Lim­pho Sello went to the streets to get the pub­lic’s view­point on the de­vel­op­ment and whether it will help re­solve the se­cu­rity chal­lenges the coun­try has been fac­ing.

This is what they had to say:

Se­abata Pe­bane I am so happy with the de- ci­sion cause for a long time many peo­ple have sin­gled him out as the cause of con­flicts and in­sta­bil­ity in the coun­try. This will help the gov­ern­ment to as­sess if he was in­deed part of the prob­lem.

But then again this will not re­solve the se­cu­rity chal­lenges be­cause older peo­ple al­ways tell us that the sys­tem has been faulty from the be­gin­ning. The so­lu­tion could be in im­ple­ment­ing se­cu­rity re­forms af­ter his re­moval.

Makompi Mo­fo­keng I am so de­lighted that Ntate Kamoli will be go­ing home be­cause he what he has tar­nished the im­age of the LDF.

be- As far as I am con­cerned hor­ri­ble things hap­pened dur­ing his time. It was the first time to see an LDF Com­man­der who ter­rorised or­di­nary peo­ple with his bad rep­u­ta­tion.

His re­moval will not make any pos­i­tive changes to the coun­try’s se­cu­rity chal­lenges as long as some LDF of­fi­cers es­pe­cially from the Spe­cial Forces re­main in their po­si­tions.

Puse­letso Ma­solisa The gov­ern­ment did very well be­cause dur­ing his time in of­fice a lot of things hap­pened where we were also af­fected. A se­cu­rity guard was shot as sol­diers ex­changed fire and the mat­ter was not prop­erly ad­dressed there­fore I am so happy that he will be leav­ing.

I want to be­lieve that the se­cu­rity chal­lenge will be re­solved af­ter his de­par­ture be­cause many peo­ple com­plained about him. Te­bello Ramotla I feel it is a lit­tle too late. The gov­ern­ment should have taken this de­ci­sion a long time ago as per SADC rec­om­men­da­tions. Why did they have to wait for this long be­fore let­ting him go? The tim­ing is just too sus­pi­cious and I won­der if there will not be any hic­cups. I am even more sus­pi­cious be­cause peo­ple and the in­ter­na­tional or­gan­i­sa­tions have been call­ing for his ouster for a long time. Why now all of a sud­den?

This is not go­ing to re­solve the se­cu­rity chal­lenge but cre­ate more prob­lems. I fore­see the worst be­cause there were al­le­ga­tions that he de­manded a hefty golden hand shake for his res­ig­na­tion and if true, the ques­tion is whether they will be able to meet his de­mands. And the other thing is whether this whole thing will not cre­ate con­flict among them.

Ma­joro Mo­hapi The gov­ern­ment is not giv­ing the world the true pic­ture of what is re­ally hap­pen­ing here. They are act­ing as if they are im­ple­ment­ing the SADC rec­om­men­da­tions. You can­not say you are fir­ing some­one and then go and ne­go­ti­ate with him be­fore when you do not do the same with oth­ers. This is just a dis­guise.

His res­ig­na­tion is not go­ing to re­solve the se­cu­rity chal­lenge as long as the sol­diers who were men­tioned in the SADC re­port are not re­moved from of­fice and those sol­diers that are in de­ten­tion are not re­leased.

Mam­poi Pet­lane I am so happy that Ntate Kamoli is fi­nally go­ing home as he was some­how con­tribut­ing to the coun­try’s in­sta­bil­ity.

I am sure that peo­ple are go­ing to be free as some of us were al- ways scared. Hope­fully with him gone we will see some pos­i­tive changes.

Seahle Mo­lapo The gov­ern­ment has made the right de­ci­sion to let go of Ntate Kamoli be­cause some peo­ple do not like him. Some have fled the coun­try be­cause of him. They left be­cause they feared for their lives. Hope­fully they will come back home now that he will be gone for good.

How­ever his res­ig­na­tion will not re­solve the prob­lems be­cause he is not the only per­son at fault here.

Teboho Pulinyane They did well by re­mov­ing him from of­fice. This coun­try is poor be­cause of him. I am sure we will now have peace and sta­bil­ity once he is gone. Those who fled be­cause of him will now come back home.

The fear in us will ease and I am sure even the sol­diers who are in de­ten­tion will be re­leased. Hope­fully the economy will grow be­cause tourists and in­vestors were re­luc­tant to come to the coun­try which did not have peace and sta­bil­ity.

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