Op­po­si­tion cel­e­brates Kamoli exit

Lesotho Times - - Front Page - ’Marafaele Mohloboli

OP­PO­SI­TION youth leagues from the Ba­sotho Na­tional Party (BNP), All Ba­sotho Con­ven­tion (ABC) and Re­formed Congress for Le­sotho (RCL) po­lit­i­cal par­ties will to­day stage an event to cel­e­brate the re­tire­ment of Le­sotho De­fence Force (LDF) Lieu­tenant Gen­eral Tlali Kamoli whose re­tire­ment be­comes ef­fec­tive to­day.

Lt-gen Kamoli is to­day ex­pected to re­tire and hand over com­mand of the LDF to his deputy, Ma­jor-gen­eral Khoan­tle Motšo­motšo.

BNP Spokesper­son Mach­esetsa Mo­fo­mobe yes­ter­day told the Le­sotho Times that there would be fes­tiv­i­ties at BNP Cen­tre af­ter their ini­tial plan for a con­voy on the streets of Maseru as well as speeches was turned down by the po­lice.

Mr Mo­fo­mobe said he had been called by Maseru Ur­ban District Po­lice Com­mis­sioner, Se­nior Su­per­in­ten­dent Mot­latsi Map­ola, who warned him of the “im­pli­ca­tions” of the planned con­voy adding that he “suc­cumbed to pres­sure”.

Mr Mo­fo­mobe, how­ever, said that was not enough to dampen their cel­e­bra­tory mood and they would “make speeches re­gard­ing Kamoli be­cause he shall be leav­ing of­fice as part of the SADC rec­om­men­da­tions”.

Lt Gen Kamoli’s de­par­ture was part of the rec­om­men­da­tions of SADC com­mis­sion that in­ves­ti­gated the se­cu­rity sit­u­a­tion in the coun­try in the af­ter­math of for­mer army com­man­der, Maa­parankoe Ma­hao in 2015.

Lt-gen Ma­hao was shot dead as he left his Mokema farm on 25 June 2015 by soldiers who had come to ar­rest him on al­le­ga­tions that he was part of a group of soldiers plot­ting to over­throw the army lead­er­ship.

Af­ter the killing, Prime Min­is­ter Pakalitha Mo­sisili asked SADC to help es­tab­lish the cir­cum­stances sur­round­ing the tragedy, re­sult- ing in a Com­mis­sion of In­quiry led by Jus­tice Mpa­phi Phumaphi of Botswana.

The 10-mem­ber com­mis­sion car­ried out its in­ves­ti­ga­tions be­tween 31 Au­gust and 23 Oc­to­ber 2015 and rec­om­mended, among other things, that government should in­ves­ti­gate the killing and pros­e­cute those found to be re­spon­si­ble.

It also rec­om­mended that “Lt Gen Kamoli be re­lieved of his du­ties as com­man­der of the LDF in the in­ter­est of restor­ing trust and ac­cep­tance of the LDF to the Ba­sotho na­tion and of­fi­cers im­pli­cated in cases of mur­der, at­tempted mur­der and trea­son be sus­pended while in­ves­ti­ga­tions in their cases pro­ceed in line with in­ter­na­tional best prac­tice”.

Mr Mo­fo­mobe said the re­tire­ment may not suf­fice to save the coun­try from los­ing its trade ben­e­fits un­der the African Growth and Op­por­tu­nity Act (AGOA) which al­lows the coun­try to make duty-free ex­ports to the United States mar­ket.

El­i­gi­bil­ity for AGOA is based on the re­spect for the rule of law and the im­ple­men­ta­tion of re­forms aimed at re­solv­ing the coun­try’s se­cu­rity and po­lit­i­cal chal­lenges.

Mr Mo­fo­mobe said Lt-gen Kamoli’s re­tire­ment was just one part of a pack­age of rec­om­men­da­tions that should be wholly im­ple­mented in­clud­ing the sus­pen­sion of the army of­fi­cers sus­pected of in­volve­ment in “Lt Gen Ma­hao’s killing and other atroc­i­ties”.

“We just hope this will be a les­son to his suc­ces­sor so that he does not in­volve the army in pol­i­tics. We think his (Lt-gen Kamoli’s) de­par­ture will bring us peace,” Mr Mo­fo­mobe said.

ABC Spokesper­son, Mpho­nyane Lebesa said his party will at­tend the cel­e­bra­tions, adding, “his de­par­ture re­ally calls for it af­ter all that he has caused this coun­try and we be­lieve that there will be peace and sta­bil­ity af­ter he has gone”.

“Hope­fully his de­par­ture is just in­fant steps to­wards the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the SADC rec­om­men­da­tions,” Mr Lebesa added.

For his part, the RCL’S Tanki Maoela echoed Mr Lebesa’s sen­ti­ments, adding: “We are still look­ing to the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the rest of SADC rec­om­men­da­tions for the com­mon good of our peo­ple and we hope that Ba­sotho will get peace at last”.

Ma­jor-gen­eral Khoan­tle Motšo­motšo.

Lieu­tenant-gen­eral tlali Kamoli.

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