Exiled security agents say will return home

Exiled security agents say will return home

MASERU – SECURITY officers who are in exile in South Africa after fleeing Lesotho last year say they are coming back home.
They asked to speak on condition of anonymity to thepost this week.
“Our prime concern, which is security, has now been solved and we are ready to worm our way back into the country,” one of the security officers said.
He said they have been represented by the leader of the Lesotho Congress for Democracy Mothetjoa Metsing in the SADC meetings.
And they are convinced that they can now come back to Lesotho as their lives will not be in danger.
He said they will be coming home on a date that is yet to be announced.

What has allayed fears of the security officers in exile is Clause 10 of the agreement signed by the government and the opposition.
It says the government of Kingdom of Lesotho shall ensure the safety of all citizens in exile and must provide adequate security for Metsing and other similar placed persons in exile will not be subjected to any pending criminal proceedings during the dialogue and reforms process.
Asked if despite the security issue, there is anything that they wanted the government to address, the officer who spoke on their behalf said: “We also want all our benefits that we are entitled to”.
Commissioner Molahlehi Letsoepa, Colonel Tumo Lekhooa, Superintendent Lebohang Setsomi and Percy Bereng from the Lesotho Correction Service have been in exile in South Africa since last year.

The officers skipped the country around July last year.
Others who are also in exile include the likes of Ts’eliso Mokhosi, Teboho Mojapela, ‘Makarabo Mojakhomo and one Nalane who was a driver for Mojapela.
The security officers held a meeting earlier this week where they resolved that they should be given back their jobs and all their remaining benefits.
They want to be given all the salaries for all the months while they were still hiding in South Africa.

“Metsing will be the first to come home because there are some important meetings that he has to attend. He will go and come back to South Africa. And we will come together for good on a date to be announced,” one of the security officers said.

Metsing said he is ready to come back home but he is still taking instructions from SADC as it has always been behind him.
He said he is not sure when he is coming back home.

Asked about what kind of security he wants from the government, Metsing said that was too premature to discuss in the media.
All the people in exile are going to meet Justice Dikgang Moseneke today to discuss the issue of their security.
When asked to comment last night, police spokesman Superintendent Mpiti Mopeli said he was not in a position to comment.
“I reserve my comment on this issue,” Supt Mopeli said.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs Lesego Makgothi said it would be great if they return.
They are all fugitives on the run, he said.
Makgothi said it is important for the exiled individuals to come and appear before the relevant authorities.

Majara Molupe

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