Warders block soldier’s hospital admission

Warders block soldier’s hospital admission

MASERU – A soldier detained for mutiny this week entered prison with intravenous drips still hanging on his body after warders blocked his admission at a local hospital.
Sources told thepost that the warders took Major Pitso Ramoepane from Queen ’Mamohato Memorial Hospital (Tšepong) even though his doctor insisted that he should be admitted.

“He was sent back to prison chained, with his intravenous fluids plastic tube still on him,” said a source that was reluctant to be named for fear of retribution.
He said Major Ramoepane feel sick last Friday and had to be rushed to the hospital on Monday when his condition became worse.
“The prison nurse came to check on him and called his private doctor who then wrote a referral that he should be admitted at the hospital,” the source said.

Major Ramoepane arrived at the hospital at around 11 am on Monday with his clothes already packed as ordered by the doctor who had said he will sleep over at the hospital.
“To his surprise, he was told by the doctor at Tšepong around five (17:00 pm) that he was being discharged without giving reasons why he was discharged as he was not well.”
Major Ramoepane was only given treatment to calm down his dizziness and was driven to the prison with the drips still on him.

The source further explained Major Ramoepane was left alone in his cell with the drips nailed on the wall.
“The next day the drips were removed and he had to go to the court martial for his mutiny charges,” the source said.
The court martial requested a statement from the doctor at Tšepong who said he treated Major Ramoepane as an outpatient.

The same doctor however said he was expecting to treat Major Ramoepane as an inpatient on Tuesday but did not arrive. This seems closer to the instruction from Major Ramoepane’s doctor.
The Lesotho Correctional Service Spokesperson, Superintendent Neo Mopeli, said he could not respond to anything related to the situation.
“For the sake of security, I will not comment on anything related to Major Ramoepane’s condition as it is his confidential issue,” he said.

The LDF spokesperson, Lieutenant Kelebone Mothibi, said he was not aware of the incident.
Major Ramoepane is charged together with Captain Litekanyo Nyakane and Captain Boiketsiso Fonane for plotting a mutiny that resulted in the killing of Lieutenant General Khoantle Motšomotšo in September 2017.
The prosecution says Major Ramoepane and the two captains knew of the conspiracy to mutiny but they did not suppress it because they agreed with it.

Itumeleng Khoete

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