Mosisili blasts Thabane

Mosisili blasts Thabane

MASERU – FORMER Prime Minister Pakalitha Mosisili says the assassination of the Lesotho Defence Force commander and the killing of his assassins, who were senior army officers, sprang from the mishandling of the recommendations of the SADC Commission of Inquiry.

Lieutenant General Khoantle Motšomotšo was shot dead in his office on Wednesday last week after he allegedly had a quarrel with Brigadier Bulane Sechele and Colonel Tefo Hashatsi who were accusing him of selling out.

Motšomotšo was about to have the two officers, together with several others, handed over to the police for crimes they allegedly committed in the past, including the killing of the army boss Lieutenant General Maaparankoe Mahao.

Speaking at a press conference on Friday afternoon, Mosisili said unlike the past government, which he was its head, the current one is not meticulous enough in the implementation of the recommendations of the SADC Commission.

The SADC Commission of Inquiry, which was chaired by a Botswana judge Justice Mphaphi Phumaphi, probed the killing of Mahao.

Justice Phumaphi had recommended that all soldiers implicated in crimes of murder, attempted murder and treason should be suspended, investigated and prosecuted.

Mosisili said his government was careful in slowly implementing the SADC recommendation, putting in mind that there were divisions in the army.

He said the first step in the implementation was the early retirement of Lieutenant General Tlali Kamoli which happened without any bloodshed.

Staff Reporter

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