Me­mo­rial for slain of­fi­cer

Sunday Express - - NEWS - Staff Writer

THE fam­ily of Le­sotho Mounted Po­lice Ser­vice (LMPS) Sub-In­spec­tor Mokhe­seng Ramahloko will next Satur­day hold a me­mo­rial event to com­mem­o­rate the three-year an­niver­sary since his 30 Au­gust 2014 fa­tal shoot­ing dur­ing a predawn Le­sotho De­fence Force (LDF) raid of Po­lice Head­quar­ters.

The me­mo­rial event, which will start off at Po­lice Head­quar­ters and end with a pro­ces­sion to Sub-Insp Ramahloko’s Qoal­ing home, will be held in con­junc­tion with the LMPS.

Sub-In­spec­tor Ramahloko was killed dur­ing the army raid which the mil­i­tary said was a spe­cial op­er­a­tion to foil a LMPS plan to give civil­ians firearms for use dur­ing a Le­sotho Con­gress for Democ­racy (LCD) street protest sched­uled for 1 Septem­ber 2014.

The army also raided Maseru Cen­tral Po­lice Sta­tion and Mabote Po­lice Sta­tion on the same day in what Prime Min­is­ter Thomas Tha­bane later said was an at­tempted coup.

Po­lice spokesper­son, In­spec­tor Mpiti Mopeli, yes­ter­day con­firmed the event, say­ing the Ramahloko fam­ily was tak­ing the lead in or­gan­is­ing it, in­clud­ing de­ter­min­ing the at­ten­dees.

Sub-In­spec­tor Ramahloko’s brother, Mos­ito Ramahloko, yes­ter­day told the Sun­day Ex­press that the event was sup­posed to be held on Wed­nes­day, which would be three years to the day he was killed.

Mr Ramahloko, how­ever, said they opted for Satur­day “since it is more con­ve­nient and ev­ery­one can par­tic­i­pate”.

He said they had in­vited former premier Pakalitha Mo­sisili, his erst­while deputy Mo­thetjoa Mets­ing, former LDF com­man­der Tlali Kamoli and Di­rec­tor of Mil­i­tary In­tel­li­gence Colonel Tumo Lekhooa.

“We have in­vited them be­cause when we were lay­ing our brother to rest, Dr Tha­bane and (Ba­sotho Na­tional Party leader Th­e­sele) ‘Maserib­ane were with us. Tha­bane was hold­ing the cof­fin on one side while ‘Maserib­ane was on the other side. We don’t know where Kamoli was, where Mets­ing was and where Mo­sisili was,” he said.

“So this time around, we hope they will be around and tell us what re­ally hap­pened.”

Mr Ramahloko said he was hop­ing that al­le­ga­tions by the LDF that the LMPS in­tended to arm civil­ians to at­tack LCD sup­port­ers would be tested in court

“We don’t un­der­stand their story. If that story was true, the al­leged per­pe­tra­tors should have been tried in a court of law. But up to to­day, noth­ing has been done.

“How could they dis­arm the po­lice, claim­ing they in­tended to arm crim­i­nals, and not charge them for such a se­ri­ous crime? The story should be proven in the courts of law. Oth­er­wise, my brother was killed for noth­ing.”

Mr Ramahloko said they had also in­vited govern­ment of­fi­cials and mem­bers of the Le­sotho Po­lice Staff As­so­ci­a­tion, adding that ev­ery­one was in­vited re­gard­less of po­lit­i­cal af­fil­i­a­tion.

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