Mosisili vs Kamoli

Mosisili vs Kamoli

MASERU – FORMER Prime Minister Pakalitha Mosisili is among 51 crown witnesses expected to testify in the murder trial of former army commander Tlali Kamoli.
Lieutenant General Kamoli is on trial, together with several soldiers, for the murder of army boss Lieutenant General Maaparankoe Mahao.
After languishing in remand for more than a year, their trial is expected to resume in the next few weeks.

Lt Gen Kamoli also faces 14 charges of attempted murder.
The soldiers are also on trial for attempted murder and abduction.
It is not clear whether Mosisili has been subpoenaed by the prosecution or he voluntarily agreed to testify.
The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), Advocate Hlalefang Motinyane, refused to comment saying whoever leaked her correspondence with the courts is reckless.
According to her letter seen by this paper, Advocate Motinyane is expected to furnish the court and defence lawyers with statements of the 51 witnesses by July 31.
In the letter, Advocate Motinyane states that Mosisili is “presently out of the country until 8 July 2019”.
This gives an impression that she has not taken Mosisili’s statement yet.
thepost’s efforts to seek Mosisili’s comment were unsuccessful at the time of going to print last night.

Advocate Motinyane’s letter was written on June 27.
Another interesting name among the witnesses is former Defence Minister Tšeliso Mokhosi who himself faces a battery of charges that include one for the alleged murder of police constable Mokalekale Khetheng
Apart from Lt Gen Kamoli, Mosisili and Mokhosi will also be testifying Captain Litekanyo Nyakane, Captain Haleo Makara, Sergeant Lekhooa Moepi, Sergeant Motsamai Fako, Corporal Morasi ‘Moleli, Corporal Motšoane Machai, Corporal Mohlalefi Seitlheko and Corporal Tšitso Ramoholi.
These are the men Mosisili and Mokhosi have in the past been defended, describing their case was politically motivated.
In fact Mosisili is the one who reinstated Lt Gen Kamoli after he was fired by Prime Minister Thomas Thababe during his first coalition government.
He also described him glowingly as an honest and model soldier.

The Mahao family has in the past accused Mosisili, Mokhosi and the Lesotho Congress for Democracy (LCD) leader, Mothetjoa Metsing, of condoning their brother’s murder.
The family went to as far as pushing for suing Mosisili and Metsing in their personal capacities.
Through their parties, Mosisili’s Democratic Congress (DC) and LCD for Metsing and his deputy Mokhosi, they have in various political rallies depicted Lt Gen Kamoli and his co-accused as political victims.
Prime Minister Thomas Thabane, publicly accused by Mosisili of harbouring a detestable political agenda against Lt Gen Kamoli, is among the crown witnesses.
The DC and the LCD are known for their campaign depicting Lt Gen Kamoli and soldiers he is charged with together as victims of political hatred.

In the letter, Advocate Motinyane said she will provide crime scene investigation reports, medico-legal post mortem examination report, crime scene photo-albums, Makoanyane Military Hospital treatment instruction document, report on the postmortem examination and various legal notices and letters about appointments and termination of appointments issued by King Letsie III’s authority.
Advocate Motinyane says she had been in communication with the Commissioner of Correctional Service (LCS) to give access of defence counsel to consult with their clients.
She further indicated she had scheduled a meeting with the LDF commander, Lieutenant General Mojalefa Letsoela, about issues raised of the alleged directive that members of the LDF are prohibited from visiting any of the accused at the correctional facility.

Itumeleng Khoete

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