Metsing pleads for Kamoli

Metsing pleads for Kamoli

MASERU – LESOTHO Congress for Democracy (LCD) leader Mothetjoa Metsing says he will not relent in his pursuit for the release of former army boss Lieutenant General Tlali Kamoli.
Metsing told thepost yesterday that all soldiers languishing in jail without trial deserve to be released in line with the tenets of natural justice.
Metsing was responding to allegations by All Basotho Convention (ABC) secretary-general, Lebohang Hlaele, that he had agreed to forge a coalition with the ABC’s pro-Thomas Thabane faction on condition that the soldiers are released.
“In regard to the release of Kamoli and other soldiers, I will always advocate for their release,” Metsing said.

Hlaele told a rally in Matsieng constituency on Sunday that the LCD leader met Thabane at State House last Thursday where they discussed the coalition.
But Metsing watered down the State House issue. He said his party is interested in working with the ABC as a united party to form a Government of National Unity (GNU) without aligning to any of the factions.
Metsing said the problem is that only one faction of the ABC is prepared to work with his party.
“They say if we agree to work with them we should not recognise the other faction,” he said, describing Hlaele’s statements as “embarrassing”.
Hlaele said their rival faction in the ABC once approached the Democratic Congress (DC) in a bid to form a joint government.
“They did that because we were not satisfied with the way the government is run,” he said, claiming that the DC rejected the proposal due to mistrust.

Hlaele said Metsing promised Thabane’s faction that his party would use its 11 parliamentary seats only if the jailed army officers are set free.
These include Lieutenant General Kamoli and others held on accusations of committing heinous crimes.
Lt Gen Kamoli is also a suspect in the death of Maaparankoe Mahao in 2015.
Hlaele expressed worry that some of the soldiers behind the bars are murder suspects “but Metsing wants them released”.
He claimed that the agreement by Metsing and Thabane’s faction’s was obstructed by Court of Appeal President Justice Kananelo Mosito’ presence in the courts.
“Then they decided to write a show cause letter trying to dismiss him,” Hlaele said.

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