The LMPS Band en­ter­tains the crowd dur­ing a pass-out cer­e­mony for 297 re­cruits at Po­lice Train­ing Col­lege on Fri­day.

Sunday Express - - FRONT PAGE - Billy Ntaote

PO­LICE Min­is­ter Phal­lang Monare says the po­lice re­cruit­ment process is above board, “con­trary to the crit­i­cisms, in­nu­endo and threats” from the gov­ern­ment’s de­trac­tors.

Mr Monare made the re­mark while ad­dress­ing a pass-out cer­e­mony for 297 re­cruits at Po­lice Train­ing Col­lege on Fri­day.

This was in ap­par­ent ref­er­ence to re­cent al­le­ga­tions by Al­liance of Democrats leader Monyane Moleleki that the seven par­ties in the out­go­ing coali­tion gov­ern­ment cor­ruptly handed out posts in the coun­try’s se­cu­rity agen­cies to their sup­port­ers.

Mr Moleleki was once Po­lice min­is­ter in the gov­ern­ment whose part­ners in­clude the DC, Le­sotho Congress for Democ­racy, Le­sotho Peo­ple’s Congress, Pop­u­lar Front for Democ­racy, Ba­sotho Congress Party, Na­tional In­de­pen­dent Party and the Mare­mat­lou Free­dom Party.

The veteran politi­cian re­signed from gov­ern­ment in Novem­ber 2016 after he was reshuf­fled by Dr Mo­sisili from the Po­lice min­istry to the premier’s of­fice – a move he de­scribed as a de­mo­tion.

Mr Moleleki claimed he was part of “a cor­rupt act” of en­list­ing 250 po­lice re­cruits from the seven par­ties’ sup­port base to un­dergo train­ing at the PTC last year.

How­ever, Mr Monare said the re­cruits un­der­went rig­or­ous vet­ting be­fore train­ing, adding that al­le­ga­tions they were sup­port­ers of the gov­ern­ing par­ties were “flimsy”.

“When en­ter­ing the po­lice ser­vice, these peo­ple are thor­oughly vet­ted and there are no re­cruits who en­ter the po­lice ser­vice through il­le­gal means,” he said.

“There is clear cri­te­ria that is used in the re­cruit­ment process, and this cri­te­ria was fol­lowed to the let­ter.

“How­ever, all that needs to be done to im­prove the re­cruit­ment pro­cesses from time to time. A new course will be soon in­tro­duced in line with that ob­jec­tive.”

Mr Monare said al­le­ga­tions that the re­cruits were gov­ern­ing party sup­port­ers had ad­versely af­fected them.

“These of­fi­cers were crit­i­cised and threat­ened even be­fore they could as­sume their du­ties as po­lice con­sta­bles. The al­le­ga­tions are a bit flimsy but, but if they are not at­tended to they may erupt into a wild­fire,” he said.

The min­is­ter also re­vealed that the gov­ern­ment had em­barked on a pro­ject to trans­form the PTC into a fullfledged po­lice academy. He said the academy would be con­structed on the out­skirts of Maseru.

SCeneS from the lMpS pass-out cer­e­mony on Fri­day.

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