Kamoli in court drama

Kamoli in court drama

MASERU – THERE was drama in the High Court last Thursday when the retired Lesotho Defence Force (LDF) commander Lieutenant General Tlali Kamoli refused to accept a letter of indictment. This was after a Zimbabwean Judge Justice Charles Hungwe ordered the Assistant Registrar of the High Court Staford Sharite to hand him a document containing his five additional charges.

This is in addition to the 14 attempted murder charges he has been facing and for which he had been in custody for more than a year.
Lt Gen Kamoli’s additional charges are one count of murder, two of attempted murder as well as damage to property and theft.
But Lt Gen Kamoli flatly refused to accept the document saying he knew where he could accept it.

This irked Justice Hungwe who told Lt Gen Kamoli that the court had a right and power to give him the document anywhere.
“The court is aware of your attitude and we would put on record your misconduct,” Justice Hungwe said.
“The court won’t force you to accept the documents if you do not want. This is done so that you could have a chance to consult your lawyers,” Justice Hungwe said.
Lt Gen Kamoli argued that he should not be treated like a robot that takes instructions without questioning them.

“With all due respect I won’t accept the letter of indictment in here,” he said.
He told the court that people who were saying he did not want to accept the letter were just smearing his name.
He informed the court that there was one police officer who came to the detention centre trying to give him a letter of indictment but he refused.
He said he did so because the proper procedure was not followed.

Lt Gen Kamoli said it is the court messenger in liaison with the Lesotho Correctional Service officials who are supposed to give him the document.
According to the charge sheet on June 25, 2015 near Ha-Lekete in Mokema and/or near Ratjomose he and the late Colonel Tefo Hashatsi and Brigadier Bulane Sechele and others with common intention or purpose murdered Lieutenant General Maaparankoe Mahao.

On the same day and place Lt Gen Kamoli, Col Hashatsi and Brig Sechele attempted to kill Mahao Mahao and Mabilikoe Leuta by shooting inside a vehicle in which he was a passenger.
The two were Lt Gen Mahao’s nephews who were travelling with him when they were waylaid and attacked by soldiers in a military operation led by Brig Sechele.
He is also charged with damaging Lt Gen Mahao’s vehicle during the same operation, a white Nissan half-truck, by firing at it with an automatic rifle.
He is also charged with the theft of Lt Gen Mahao’s property, a 9mm pistol and Samsung Galaxy mobile phone.

Lt Gen Kamoli’s charges have now added up to 19 because he was already facing 14.
Lt Gen Kamoli’s initial charges include bombing of the homes of the former police commissioner Khothatso Tšooana, the then girlfriend of Prime Minister Thomas Thabane, Liabiloe Ramoholi, and her neighbour in Moshoeshoe II. They also include the army’s attack of police stations on August 30, 2014 where Sub-Inspector Mokheseng Ramahloko was shot dead.

Majara Molupe

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