Minister speaks on fired cops’ recall
POLICE and Public Safety Minister, ‘ Mampho Mokhele, says government recalled 21 police officers because the previous regime did not follow the proper procedures when it fired them.
The officers were recalled to work on 19 July, 2017 following a directive by the-then Acting Police Commissioner Keketso Monaheng.
They were fired from the police service by embattled police commissioner, Molahlehi Letsoepap allegg edly for various offences ranging from misconduct to participating in political activities.
The 21 officers are Moraleli Motloli, li, Makobane and Matekane (all Inspectors), Letsipa and Ramakatsa (Lance Sergeants), Hlalele, Matoko,ko, Tšita, Ntlou, Rakhupu, Sehloho, Maliba, Khemisi,isi, Lebohang Motlatsi, Phakoe, Hloaisi, Teba, Nzamane,ane, Motlomelo and Ramahloko (Private Constables)es) as well as Woman Police Constable (WPC) ‘ Mabohlokoabohlokoa Makotoko.
Inspector Motloli, who was also Lesotho otho Staff Police Association (LEPOSA) General Secretary,ecretary, was dismissed from the service in April this s year for refusing to take orders from his superiors. s.
He was dismissed shortly after demandingmanding that Commissioner Letsoepa and his advisoryory board respond to Alliance of Democrats leader and now Deputy Prime Minister Monyane Moleleki’s ’s allegations that police recruitment was riddled withith nepotism, partisanship and corruption.
Mr Moleleki, who is former Police minister, accused the Democratic Congress and Lesotho Congress for Democracy parties of staffingg the security forces with their supporters. The parties es have since denied the allegation.
WPC Makotoko was dismissed from thehe police service in March this year for alleged misconduct.conduct.
She subsequently filed an application on before the High Court on 31 March 2017 for an order der to nullify the police commissioner’s decision on the grounds that she was not afforded a hearing before efore she was dismissed.
WPC Makotoko was the main witnesss in the ongoing case to investigate the whereaboutsuts of Police Constable Mokalekale Khetheng whoho went missing in March last year at Hlotse tse Police Station.
PC Motlatsi and 10 other officersrs were fired from the service for allegedly participatinging in political activities in contravention of police regulations.
Speaking this week on the 21 officers,ficers, Ms Mokhele said they were recalled because proper procedures were not followed when firing them.m.
“I am not saying the officers are re not guilty but I am of the view that proper proceduresdures were not followed when they were dismissed from the service.
“They must be given an opportunityunity to respond to charges levelled against them and let the justice system find if they are guilty or not,” not,”n Ms Mokhele said.
POLICE and Public Safety Minister ‘Mampho Mokhele