Army changes tack

Army changes tack

MASERU-THE Lesotho Defence Force (LDF) says it has changed its operational strategy to effectively enforce the lockdown.
Until recently the army was sending officers to enforce the lockdown in business centres and the streets.

That strategy initially worked as people retreated into their villages.
But in recent days people are now flocking to residential homes that have been turned into makeshift bars and shebeens.

This has defeated the purpose of the lockdown and social distancing to curb the spread of the Covid-19.

LDF spokesperson Brigadier Ntlele Ntoi says they are getting reports that people are violating lockdown rules by meeting at houses that have been turned into bars.  

Brigadier Ntoi said the army is now sending patrols to villages to deal with such hotspots.
“This is a new phenomenon triggered by our initial work to enforce lockdown rules in areas that were crowded even before the lockdown started,” Brigadier Ntlele Ntoi said.

“Instead of going to business centres or the streets people are now forming crowds at private homes.”

Brigadier Ntoi said the army had anticipated this reaction “from people who want to keep violating the lockdown rules”.
“Our commanders are alive to these new events and they keep learning how people behave in times like these.”

He said the army has to keep changing its strategies because the lockdown is an “operation of its own kind”.

“We are learning because this is a massive operation that has never been undertaken both locally and internationally,” he said.
“We are not going to stop our mission to stop the spread of the virus by enforcing the lockdown.”

Staff Reporter

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