Mahaos to sue Mosisili

Mahaos to sue Mosisili

MASERU – THE family of slain army commander Lieutenant General Maaparankoe Mahao says it is getting ready to sue former Prime Minister Pakalitha Mosisili in his personal capacity for their son’s death.
The family has also said former Defence Minister Tšeliso Mokhosi and Lieutenant General Tlali Kamoli should expect to face lawsuits for the roles they allegedly played in their son’s murder in June 2015.

Lt Gen Mahao’s uncle, Nkhethoanyane Nkhethoa, who is organising the lawsuit on behalf of the family, told thepost that they are raising funds for the civil case against the three men in their personal capacities.
The family believes the three had a hand in Lt Gen Mahao’s murder. Lt Gen Mahao was murdered in a military operation which the army claims was meant to arrest him for alleged mutiny against Lt. Gen. Kamoli.

The King had appointed Lt. Gen Mahao as the army commander and fired Lt. Gen. Kamoli but the latter refused to vacate office.
When the government changed in 2015 and Mosisili replaced Thomas Thabane as Prime Minister, Lt. Gen. Mahao was demoted back to his rank of brigadier with Lt. Gen. Kamoli being reinstated.

Nkhethoa says the family is now raising funds to sue Mosisili, Mokhosi and Lt. Gen. Kamoli in their personal capacities.
“We are almost there. The family has decided to use its own financial resources and whatever aid it can find from people of goodwill,” Nkhethoa said.
He said the family does not have exact dates on which applications will be filed in the High Court “but the family is in progress”.
“Mapaarankoe’s death can be blamed on anybody who took part as an individual,” he added.

“All those people who knew that Maaparankoe would be killed have to be before courts of law,” he said.
Nkhethoa also said they are satisfied with how the current government has handled the matter.
“Everything is not yet complete as even his spectacles are still missing but so far we are satisfied,” he said.

The wheels of justice for Lt. Gen. Mahao started rolling from November 2017 when eight soldiers were charged with his murder.
The suspects are Captain Litekanyo Nyakane, Captain Haleeo Makara, Sergeant Lekhooa Moepi, Sergeant Motsamai Fako, Corporal Marasi ’Moleli, Corporal Motšoane Machai, Corporal Mohlalefi Seitlheko and Corporal Tšitso Ramoholi.

Last week the government announced that it had reached a decision to posthumously reinstate Lt Gen Mahao as army commander.
The government has also resolved to give him a fitting reburial according to the LDF tradition next Saturday.
The gazette also annulled and reversed the reinstatement of Lt. Gen. Kamoli.

The government has already discharged the service gratuities of the late Lt General Mahao at his rank as Lieutenant General and position of former commander.

The spokesman for Mosisili’s Democratic Congress (DC) party, Serialong Qoo, said “everyone has a right to freedom of speech therefore Mahao’s family is not an exception”.

“We are waiting for their first step then we will act according to their first step to protect our leader,” Qoo said.

Lt Gen Mahao’s uncle, Nkhethoanyane Nkhethoa, who is organising the lawsuit on behalf of the family, told thepost that they are raising funds for the civil case against the three men in their personal capacities.

The family believes the three had a hand in Lt Gen Mahao’s murder. Lt Gen Mahao was murdered in a military operation which the army claims was meant to arrest him for alleged mutiny against Lt. Gen. Kamoli.
The King had appointed Lt. Gen Mahao as the army commander and fired Lt. Gen. Kamoli but the latter refused to vacate office.
When the government changed in 2015 and Mosisili replaced Thomas Thabane as Prime Minister, Lt. Gen. Mahao was demoted back to his rank of brigadier with Lt. Gen. Kamoli being reinstated.

Nkhethoa says the family is now raising funds to sue Mosisili, Mokhosi and Lt. Gen. Kamoli in their personal capacities.
“We are almost there. The family has decided to use its own financial resources and whatever aid it can find from people of goodwill,” Nkhethoa said.
He said the family does not have exact dates on which applications will be filed in the High Court “but the family is in progress”.
“Mapaarankoe’s death can be blamed on anybody who took part as an individual,” he added.

“All those people who knew that Maaparankoe would be killed have to be before courts of law,” he said.
Nkhethoa also said they are satisfied with how the current government has handled the matter.
“Everything is not yet complete as even his spectacles are still missing but so far we are satisfied,” he said.

The wheels of justice for Lt. Gen. Mahao started rolling from November 2017 when eight soldiers were charged with his murder.
The suspects are Captain Litekanyo Nyakane, Captain Haleeo Makara, Sergeant Lekhooa Moepi, Sergeant Motsamai Fako, Corporal Marasi ’Moleli, Corporal Motšoane Machai, Corporal Mohlalefi Seitlheko and Corporal Tšitso Ramoholi.

Last week the government announced that it had reached a decision to posthumously reinstate Lt Gen Mahao as army commander.
The government has also resolved to give him a fitting reburial according to the LDF tradition next Saturday.
The gazette also annulled and reversed the reinstatement of Lt. Gen. Kamoli.

The government has already discharged the service gratuities of the late Lt General Mahao at his rank as Lieutenant General and position of former commander.

The spokesman for Mosisili’s Democratic Congress (DC) party, Serialong Qoo, said “everyone has a right to freedom of speech therefore Mahao’s family is not an exception”.

“We are waiting for their first step then we will act according to their first step to protect our leader,” Qoo said.

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