More trouble for detained soldiers

More trouble for detained soldiers

MASERU – It never rains but pours for three senior soldiers who are already facing serious charges in the High Court.
Major Pitso Ramoepane, Captain Boiketsiso Fonane and Captain Litekanyo Nyakane will tomorrow be hauled before a Court Martial to answer charges of mutiny.

In the High Court Major Ramoepane and Captain Fonane are on trial for allegedly killing Lieutenant General Khoantle Motšomotšo. Major Ramoepane is also accused of participating in the January 2014 bombings.
Captain Nyakane is accused of killing Sub-Inspector Mokheseng Ramahloko when the army raided police stations in August 2014.
In the Court Martial their charges centre around what the army says was a plot to rebel against the commander.

The first count, according to the charge sheet, is that in early September at Ratjomose Barracks they acted in conceit with the late Brigadier Bulane Sechele and Colonel Tefo Hashatsi to violently resist lawful authority in the Lesotho Defence Force (LDF).
The charge sheet says they did so by confronting and attacking the commander of the LDF over his order that Corporal Sebolai, Private Ratšiu and Private Matsoso should be taken to police headquarters for questioning.

Corporal Sebolai, Private Ratšiu and Private Matsoso are under police investigations in connection with the killing of Lisebo Tang near the home of former commander Lieutenant General Tlali Kamoli in May 2014.
The three men were Lt. Gen. Kamoli’s bodyguards.

Captain Fonane and Captain Nyakane are jointly charged with inciting soldiers to take part in the mutiny.
The charge sheet says they attended a meeting held at the official quarters of Colonel Hashatsi at Makoanyane Barracks on September 4, a day before Col. Hashatsi and Brigadier Bulane Sechele allegedly murdered Lt. Gen. Motšomotšo.

It is alleged that Brigadier Sechele and Col Hashatsi encouraged Cpl. Sebolai, Pt. Ratšiu and Pt. Matsoso to reject orders of the Deputy Commander Major General Lineo Poopa to go to the police for questioning.
Major Ramoepane, Captain Fonane and Captain Nyakane are jointly accused of failure to report an intended mutiny involving the use of force.
They are also jointly charged with failing to suppress or prevent the mutiny from taking place.

Capt. Nyakane is also charged with possessing firearms not allocated to him by the army.
He was found in possession of 1 x 245RM, .62911 9mm pistol, 33 x 9mm rounds, 2 x 9 mm loaded magazines, 1 x MP5 rifle with 6 x loaded magazines, 132 x rounds of MP5, 2Xm32 hand grenades. The ammunition belongs to the army.

Majara Molupe

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