Cop in soup over leaked exam

Lesotho Times - - News - Pas­cali­nah Kabi

APO­LICE of­fi­cer ac­cused of leak­ing an ex­am­i­na­tion pa­per for po­lice re­cruits has been given un­til next week Mon­day to ‘show cause’ why he can­not be sus­pended from work pend­ing a dis­ci­plinary hear­ing.

The po­lice of­fi­cer, sta­tioned at Mazenod Po­lice Sta­tion, was on Mon­day slapped with the show cause let­ter af­ter an in­ves­ti­ga­tion showed that he could have leaked the ques­tion pa­per.

The ques­tion pa­per was cir­cu­lated on so­cial me­dia last week be­fore the ex­am­i­na­tions were com­pleted, forc­ing Po­lice and Pub­lic Safety Min­is­ter, ‘Mam­pho Mokhele to call for fresh ex­am­i­na­tions.

Ac­cord­ing to well-placed sources, the po­lice of­fi­cer was sent to the Po­lice Head­quar­ters Hu­man Re­source of­fice to col­lect the ques­tion pa­pers for po­lice re­cruits sit­ting for the ex­am­i­na­tion in Mazenod.

“The po­lice of­fi­cer opened the en­velop, took pic­tures of the ques- tion pa­per and sent it to some­one via What­sapp and that ques­tion pa­per was cir­cu­lated via so­cial me­dia, and prej­u­diced the trans­parency of the re­cruit­ment process,” said on a source who spoke on con­di­tion of anonymity.

The source added: “It was as­cer­tained that he was the cul­prit be­cause an en­ve­lope that had been sealed when it was handed to him was found to have been opened by the time he handed it over to his su­pe­ri­ors in Mazenod.”

Po­lice spokesper­son, In­spec­tor Mpiti Mopeli, con­firmed the em­bat­tled po­lice of­fi­cer was given seven days to give rea­sons why he can­not sus­pended from the ser­vice.

“It is true that an in­spec­tor sta­tioned at Mazenod Po­lice Sta­tion has been given seven days to show-cause why he can­not be sus­pended from the ser­vice.

“The in­spec­tor was served with the (show cause) on Mon­day fol­low­ing al­le­ga­tions that he leaked a ques­tion pa­per for po­lice re­cruits,” In­spec­tor Mopeli said.

The re­cruit­ment of po­lice of­fi­cers has pre­vi­ously been marred by con­tro­versy.

Early this year, for­mer Po­lice Min­is­ter and cur­rent Deputy Prime Min­is­ter, Monyane Moleleki, ac­cused the for­mer seven par­ties’ coali­tion gov­ern­ment of cor­ruptly re­cruit­ing their po­lit­i­cal sup­port­ers.

Mr Moleleki al­leged that he par­tic­i­pated in the re­cruit­ment of 250 party sup­port­ers of his for­mer Demo­cratic Congress (DC) party and its coali­tion part­ners, namely the Le­sotho Congress for Democ­racy, Le­sotho Peo­ple’s Congress, Pop­u­lar Front for Democ­racy, Ba­sotho Congress Party, Na­tional In­de­pen­dent Party and the Mare­mat­lou Free­dom Party.

“I am one of the peo­ple within (the-then) gov­ern­ment that made 22 000 young men and women of this coun­try to wait for long hours in the sun with hope they would get jobs when we knew we al­ready had our peo­ple listed for the po­lice jobs,” Mr Moleleki said.

His claims were re­jected by the for­mer regime.

PO­LICE and Pub­lic Safety Min­is­ter ‘Mam­pho Mokhele

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