Kamoli taken ill

Lesotho Times - - Front Page - Keiso Mohloboli

MUR­DER-AC­CUSED for­mer army com­man­der, Lieu­tenant Gen­eral Tlali Kamoli, is re­port­edly ill and he has been in and out of hos­pi­tal over the past month to re­ceive treat­ment for an undis­closed ail­ment, the Lesotho Times has learnt.

This pub­li­ca­tion has also learnt that Brigadier Rapele Mphaki who is one of the five sus­pects in the at­tempted mur­der of Lesotho Times edi­tor, Lloyd Mu­tungamiri, was only re­leased on Mon­day af­ter spend­ing a week in hos­pi­tal where he was re­ceiv­ing treat­ment af­ter fall­ing ill in prison.

Au­thor­i­ta­tive LCS sources told this pub­li­ca­tion that for the past three weeks, Lt Gen Kamoli and Brig Mphaki have been re­ceiv­ing treat­ment un­der heavy army and Lesotho Correctional Ser­vice (LCS) guard at the Queen El­iz­a­beth II Hos­pi­tal in Maseru. Al­though they could not dis­close the na­ture of the ill­nesses the duo were suf­fer­ing from, the sources said the two could have been af­fected by the ad­verse win­ter con­di­tions.

“I can­not say for cer­tain what Ntate Kamoli and Ntate Mphaki are suf­fer­ing from since that in­for­ma­tion is be­tween them and the doc­tors who at­tend to them,” said one source, adding, “the two are very ill and they have been es­corted to Queen II hos­pi­tal time and again in the past three weeks”.

An­other source also said that Brig Mphaki’s health de­te­ri­o­rated to a point where he had to be ad­mit­ted to Queen Mamo­hato Me­mo­rial Hos­pi­tal (QMMH).

“Ntate Mphaki’s prison se­cu­rity was on hand to guard him at QMMH where he was ad­mit­ted last Thurs­day.

“The two of them (Kamoli and Mphaki) have to be heav­ily guarded by army and LCS of­fi­cers when they are in hos­pi­tal just as they are guarded when they are es­corted to court.”

Lt-gen Kamoli faces one count of mur­der and 14 counts of at­tempted mur­der.

Lt-gen Kamoli’s mur­der charge stems from the 30 Au­gust 2014 killing of Po­lice Sub-in­spec­tor, Mokhe­seng Ramahloko.

Sub-in­spec­tor Ramahloko was shot and killed by sol­diers dur­ing the at­tempted coup of 30 Au­gust 2014 at the Po­lice Head­quar­ters in Maseru.

The 14 at­tempted mur­der charges stem from the 27 Jan­uary 2014 si­mul­ta­ne­ous bomb­ings of the Moshoeshoe II homes of First Lady Mae­sa­iah Tha­bane and the Ha Abia res­i­dence of for­mer po­lice com­mis­sioner Khothatso Tšooana.

Brig Mphaki is one of the five army of­fi­cers who al­legedly shot Mr Mu­tungamiri at his home in Up­per Thamae in Maseru dur­ing the late hours of 9 July 2016, af­ter he had knocked off from work. Mr Mu­tungamiri sus­tained se­vere fa­cial, den­tal and hand in­juries, caus­ing him to un­dergo ex­ten­sive surgery in South Africa.

LDF Pub­lic Af­fairs Of­fi­cer Lieu­tenant Colonel Mashili Mashili re­cently re­fused to com­ment on the health sta­tus of Lt-gen Kamoli and Brig Mphaki, re­fer­ring all ques­tions to the Min­is­ter of De­fence, Sen­tje Le­bona, and Lesotho Correctional Ser­vice (LCS) Com­mis­sioner Tha­bang Mothepu.

Mr Le­bona was not reach­able on his mo­bile phone. Com­mis­sioner Mothepu said he was only aware of the fact that Lt-gen Kamoli has been go­ing for monthly med­i­cal check-ups ever since he was de­tained in Oc­to­ber 2017. He how­ever, con­firmed that Brig Mphaki’s health de­te­ri­o­rated to a point where he had to be ad­mit­ted at QMMH.

“With­out get­ting into de­tails of what Brig Mphaki is suf­fer­ing from, I can only con­firm that he is very sick and he was ad­mit­ted in hos­pi­tal last week.

“It is not my place to dis­cuss his health prob­lems due to doc­tor and pa­tient con­fi­den­tial­ity,” Com­mis­sioner Mothepu said.

Com­mis­sioner Mothepu also said that he could not deny nor con­firm any­thing with re­gards to LtGen Kamoli, adding that the lat­ter has al­ways been go­ing to hos­pi­tal for monthly med­i­cal check-ups ever since he was de­tained last year.

“I don’t want to spec­u­late about Ntate Kamoli’s health sta­tus. I have been out of the coun­try on gov­ern­ment busi­ness in An­gola for a week.

“What I know is that he has been go­ing for his monthly med­i­cal check-ups ever since he was de­tained at the Maseru Max­i­mum Prison last year. If there is a health prob­lem be­yond that I have not been made aware of that,” he added.

Lt-gen Kamoli, who has been lan­guish­ing in re­mand prison since his de­ten­tion last Oc­to­ber, has had his bid for bail de­nied by the High Court. He had bid for bail say­ing he had an ag­gres­sive form of in­fluenza which re­quired him to be close to his doc­tors.

The sources said even though it is un­for­tu­nate, Lt-gen Kamoli is now suf­fer­ing from the same con­di­tion that af­fected then de­tained army cap­tain, Se­abata Chaka in 2016. Iron­i­cally, Lt-gen Kamoli re­fused Cap­tain Se­abata ac­cess to treat­ment. Cap­tain Se­abata was among sol­diers sent to prison by Lt-gen Kamoli af­ter he had ac­cused them of plot­ting a mutiny.

“It is sad that Kamoli is ex­pe­ri­enc­ing these health chal­lenges be­cause when he was still at the helm of the LDF, he de­nied al­leged mu­ti­neers ac­cess to health services af­ter they fell ter­ri­bly sick due to the cold con­di­tions at the Maseru Max­i­mum Prison,” the source said.

The source was re­fer­ring to the time when LtGen Kamoli wrote to the lawyers of Cap­tain Chaka dis­miss­ing a re­quest uest for his re­lease from de­ten­tion so that t he could re­ceive med­i­cal at­ten­tion at QMMH. MH.

Cap­tain Chaka had been ad­vised by his doc­tor to go for fur­ther assess­ment and man­age­ment of his ail­ments. He also needed an or­tho­pe­dic sur­geon.

How­ever, Lt-gen Gen Kamoli re­sponded to Cap­tain Chaka’s lawyers’ yers’ re­quest by say­ing: “As you should be aware, e, when­ever de­tainees await­ing trial are in need of med­i­cal at­ten­tion that is fa­cil­i­tated as a rou­tine ad­min­is­tra­tive mat­ter”.

“Be that as it may, ad­vise your client to se­cure more blan­kets to ad­dress the is­sue of need to keep him warm. He may ay even buy a freezer-suit so as to avoid the cold.”

Lt-gen Kamoli’s li’s words were even­tu­ally used against nst him by the pros­e­cu­tion when en the lat­ter suc­cess­fully op­posed osed his bail ap­pli­ca­tion.

“We ad­vise that he heeds his own ad­vice,” dvice,” the pros­e­cu­tion stated in re­sponse to Lt-gen t-gen Kamoli’s ap­pli­ca­tion cation to be re­leased to en­able him to seek med­i­cal ed­i­cal at­ten­tion last Novem­ber.

FOR­MER army com­man­der Lieu­tenant Gen­eral Tlali Kamoli.

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