Justice and not “show cause”  why nonsense

Justice and not “show cause” why nonsense

Failure to probe the August 30, 2014 killing of Sub-Inspector Ramahloko, failure to investigate the killing of Lt-Gen Mahao, not investigating the disappearance of Police Constable Khetheng, violation of procurement procedures, a dysfunctional LMPS forensic laboratory, protracted investigations of criminal cases and other matters, financial loss at the LMPS and instigating and facilitating civilian torture.

These are just some of the allegations of misconduct and criminality levelled against the Police Commissioner. These are very serious allegations. If proven true, this would constitute perhaps the worst form of dereliction of duty by a sitting Police Commissioner.
The Commissioner has been requested to “show cause” why he should not be dismissed.
Nonsense!
If there is a prima facie case of misconduct and unlawfulness by the Commissioner, then he should be charged and given his day in court. Like everyone else, he must be subjected to judicial process to allow him the opportunity to defend himself and to clear his name. The “show cause” why way of doing things is bad for good governance and the rule of law.

It perpetuates the impression that Basotho are not equal before our courts of law — because some individuals are seen to avoid prosecution by simply responding to “show cause” why letters.
Also disturbing, is how these “anointed” ones negotiate for themselves golden handshakes to make sure they live a life of comfort when they vacate their positions.
Let alone the damage that they may have caused in the organisations they were leading or the laws they may have broken.

Issuing the Commissioner, a “show cause” why letter to deal with alleged misconduct and other breaches, has the added disadvantage that it makes the politician simultaneously both prosecutor and judge.

The outcome of such a process is likely to be viewed with suspicion. Outcomes especially if adverse, are unlikely to be seen as fair and objectively arrived at. Charges of “politicisation” will most likely be made – either by the Commissioner himself or by those likely to be implicated if the allegations are proved to be true.
This perceived “politicisation” will be used as licence to attack (on various media platforms) legitimate efforts meant to bring back justice and the rule of law.
It will also be used to instil fear and uncertainty amongst the general populace. We have heard for example some of the stories and lies the scaremongers tell —horror stories.
These are intended to discredit efforts to halt impunity and to bring about accountability.

As a result, too much noise is created that does not help ensure that the truth is uncovered and justice served.
Besides, I don’t think many people care what reasons the Commissioner gives as to why he should not be removed from his position.
Law abiding Basotho don’t really give a damn — they care only that the killers of Lt General Mahao, Sub-Inspector Ramahloko and others are arrested and brought before court.
Where there is normalcy, people who fail to do their job are fired and not asked why they should not be fired and if they are also alleged to have committed criminal acts, they are arrested and brought before court.

When this is not done, moral degeneration takes root.
The Mokalekale Khetheng case proves beyond doubt the extent to which there is moral degeneration in Lesotho.
Khetheng’s killers and others, caused him to be buried a pauper while fully aware that his family was searching for him. Allegations that police were involved makes the whole thing more despicable.

The image of the exhumed body of Mokalekale Khetheng is an indictment not only against his killers but also against society for giving rise to the conditions that enable such crimes to be committed. A “show cause” why letter and not a court appearance for someone alleged to have set up teams to torture civilians, selectively investigated cases, selectively brought suspects to court etc. justifies the indictment against society for being accomplices in the brutal murder of PC Mokalekale Khetheng.

May his death strengthen the resolve of those entrusted the power to ensure there is justice and rule of law in Lesotho. Such barbarism must never be allowed in our country.
We demand justice for his death and all the other deaths and not “show cause” why nonsense.

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