Govt speaks out on o Kamoli exit

. . . as Amer­i­cans com­mend ‘pos­i­tive step’

Lesotho Times - - Front Page - Billy Ntaote

THE re­moval of Lieu­tenant-gen­eral Tlali Kamoli from the helm of the Le­sotho De­fence Force (LDF) is in line with a re­forms roadmap be­ing fol­lowed by the gov­ern­ment.

Ac­cord­ing to Prime Min­is­ter Pakalitha Mo­sisili’s spokesper­son Mo­tumi Rale­joe, the gov­ern­ment was merely fol­low­ing a roadmap it sub­mit­ted to the 36th Or­di­nary South­ern African De­vel­op­ment Com­mu­nity (SADC) Sum­mit of Heads of State held in Swazi­land in Au­gust this year.

This was af­ter Gov­ern­ment Sec­re­tary Le­bo­hang Ramohlanka an­nounced this week that Lt-gen Kamoli would re­tire and hand over com­mand of the LDF to his deputy Ma­jor-gen­eral Khoan­tle Motšo­motšo on 1 De­cem­ber 2016.

Ms Ramohlanka said the de­ci­sion was made af­ter negotiations “on a mu­tu­ally agree­able so­lu­tion” re­gard­ing Lt-gen Kamoli’s fu­ture.

“The of­fice of the Prime Min­is­ter in­forms the Ba­sotho na­tion, that as gov­ern­ment had ear­lier ex­plained that it has be­gun negotiations with the army com­man­der Lieu­tenant-gen­eral Kennedy Tlali Kamoli, such negotiations have been com­pleted, and both sides have agreed that Lieu­tenant-gen­eral Tlali Kamoli will re­tire, in line with sec­tion 23 (2) of the Le­sotho De­fence Force Act No. 4 of 1996, on De­cem­ber 1, this year,” reads part of the state­ment.

“The gen­eral pub­lic is also in­formed that His Majesty King Let­sie III, has ac­cepted the Prime Min­is­ter’s ad­vice that Lieu­tenant-gen­eral Tlali Kamoli’s suc­ces­sor in the com­mand of the Le­sotho army, to be Ma­jor Gen­eral Khoan­tle Motšo­motšo. He will take over as the com­man­der of the Le­sotho De­fence Force from De­cem­ber 1.”

Dr Mo­sisili told par­lia­ment in June this year the gov­ern­ment had un­der­taken the negotiations in light of “na­tional and in­ter­na­tional ag­i­ta­tions and sub­mis­sions fu­elled by a very strong neg­a­tive per­cep­tion that has been cre­ated around Gen­eral Kamoli”.

The LDF chief’s dis­missal had been rec­om­mended by the SADC Com­mis­sion of In­quiry into Le­sotho’s in­sta­bil­ity “in the in­ter­est of restor­ing trust and ac­cep­tance of the LDF to the Ba­sotho na­tion”.

Mr Rale­joe said Lt-gen Kamoli’s de­par­ture was in line with the roadmap to­wards im­ple­ment­ing re­forms.

“The roadmap was ac­cepted by the SADC sum­mit. The SADC or­gan on Pol­i­tics De­fence and se­cu­rity Co­op­er­a­tion re­ferred to as the troika was tasked to look at the road map. The coun­try is cur­rently work­ing in line with the roadmap on other is­sues con­cern­ing the re­forms process,” he said.

“It is also worth men­tion­ing that the prime min­is­ter pub­licly an­nounced he had be­gun negotiations with the army com­man­der some time ago.

“Dr Mo­sisili in­di­cated to Par­lia­ment that the re­moval of Lt-gen Kamoli was the tough­est of all rec­om­men­da­tions of the Com­mis­sion of In­quiry but he had al­ready started negotiations with him. He had said he would no­tify the pub­lic when the negotiations are com­pleted.”

Ac­cord­ing to a copy of the road map seen by the Le­sotho Times, the gov­ern­ment un­der­took to im­ple­ment a num­ber of re­forms in the fourth quar­ter of 2016 that in­clude among oth­ers:

“En­act­ing leg­is­la­tion to pro­tect the con­sti­tu­tion mak­ing process; Es­tab­lish­ing an in­de­pen­dent body on Re­mu­ner­a­tion and Ben­e­fits for po­lit­i­cal statu­tory and se­nior po­si­tion hold­ers; Es­tab­lish­ing a Judicial Re­forms Com­mit­tee; Es­tab­lish­ing a De­cen­tral­iza­tion Com­mit­tee on pub­lic ser­vices En­act­ing Ref­er­en­dum law; Con­duct­ing a study tour for lessons learned on Con­sti­tu­tional re­form from other ju­ris­dic­tions; Set­ting up a Con­sti­tu­tion Mak­ing Body (CMB).”

The roadmap also in­cludes en­gag­ing in­ter­na­tional ex­perts on Se­cu­rity Sec­tor Re­forms (SSR); Con­duct­ing Train­ing-of-train­ers Work­shop for Le­sotho Se­cu­rity Sec­tor Re­forms Com­mit­tee; Con­duct­ing Na­tion­wide Sen­si­ti­sa­tion Work­shops on SSR for all stake­hold­ers; De­vel­op­ing a pro­posal for the re­view of SS Laws by the Se­cu­rity Sec­tor Re­forms Com­mis­sion.

The gov­ern­ment also com­mit­ted to: “Sub- mit­ting the pro­posal to the Le­sotho Law Re­form Com­mis­sion by SSRC; As­sign­ing a Com­mis­sioner (a Judge of the High Court) to lead the project; Es­tab­lish­ing Par­lia­men­tary Re­forms Com­mit­tee; En­gag­ing an In­ter­na­tional ex­pert on pub­lic ser­vice re­forms; En­act­ing Amnesty Law; and Fi­nal­is­ing mu­tu­ally ac­cept­able so­lu­tion for the exit of Lieu­tenant Gen­eral Tlali Kamoli.”

Com­ment­ing on Lt-gen Kamoli’s re­tire­ment, the US Em­bassy Maseru Spokesper­son Julie Mckay com­mended the move as a “pos­i­tive step”.

“We wel­come the an­nounce­ment of Lt-gen Tlali Kamoli’s De­cem­ber 1 re­tire­ment and see this as a pos­i­tive step to­wards the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the SADC Com­mis­sion of In­quiry rec­om­men­da­tions,” said Ms Mckay.

LDF Com­man­der Lt-gen Tlali Kamoli and his deputy Ma­jor-gen­eral Khoan­tle Motšo­motšo.

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