Army probes missing guns

Army probes missing guns

MASERU – THE Lesotho Defence Force (LDF) has set up a board of inquiry to investigate the disappearance of four Galil rifles from the Mafeteng Military Base in August this year.
The LDF spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Mashili Mashili confirmed that there is a board investigating the missing guns.
He could not go into details as to what really happened regarding those guns and how they disappeared.

“I do confirm that there is a board that has been set up to do the investigations but I cannot comment further,” Lt Col Mashili said.
Sources close to the matter said some officers who were in charge of the base have been interviewed by the police.

The SADC Preventive Mission in Lesotho (SAMPIL) has also been roped in to help with the investigations but no breakthrough has been made so far.
The LDF is the only institution that is licensed to keep Galil in its armoury in Lesotho.

There were rumours circulating in the country that once the SADC forces deployed in the country go, there are some insurgents who would want to destabilise the government.
Two weeks ago, Communications Minister Thesele ‘Maseribane and Deputy Commander Major General Matela Matobakele told mourners at the funeral service of Corporal Mosuoe Mofomobe that they are aware of some senior people who want to cause anarchy in the country.

SADC forces are scheduled to leave the country on November 20 this year.
The guns disappeared at a time when the Special Forces were still at the military base.
The forces have been deployed in other departments in the army.

The police’s acting spokesman, Senior Inspector Rantoane Motsoetla, said he was not aware of the case.
He however promised to look for the information from relevant departments within the police.

Majara Molupe

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