Moleleki grilled

Moleleki grilled

MASERU-FORMER Deputy Prime Minister, Monyane Moleleki, was quizzed by the police yesterday.

thepost understands that he was questioned for allegedly inciting the army to arrest Police Commissioner Holomo Molibeli last month.
Moleleki spent almost an hour with the police.
Police spokesman Superintendent Mpiti Mopeli confirmed that Moleleki, who is the Alliance of Democrats (AD) leader, was at the police station but refused to give any details.

“We wanted him to shed some light on issues in the scope of our work,” Supt Mopeli said.
Last night the AD Secretary General Dr Mahali Phamotse also confirmed that her leader was interrogated.
She said she had been told that Moleleki was quizzed for allegedly inciting the police to arrest the commissioner after he resisted then Prime Minister Thomas Thabane’s attempts to fire him.

“We are not worried as the party about what is going on as police are doing their work,” Dr Phamotse said.
“What I only know is that he was wanted by the police but I do not know any further details about that,” he said.

Thuso Litjobo, the party’s spokesman, has since told AD supporters to be alert “because something bad is likely to befall our leader”.
It is not clear how Moleleki instigated the army to arrest the police boss.
What is known is that Moleleki was unhappy that Commissioner Molibeli was resisting Thabane’s attempts to push him out.

In April he told President Cyril Ramaphosa that the government was worried that Commissioner Molibeli was becoming too big for his boots.
He had been sent by Thabane to brief Ramaphosa about the political situation in Lesotho.

Several sources who have been briefed about the meeting told thepost that Moleleki had no kind words for the police commissioner whom he described as “wayward”.
Moleleki is said to have told the meeting that the police boss should have his wings clipped because was no longer taking instructions from both the Prime Minister and the Police Minister.

He told Ramaphosa that the commissioner had interrogated Army Commander Lieutenant General Mojalefa Letsoela on April 18.
Moleleki was referring to an incident in which Commissioner Molibeli met Lieutenant General Letsoela.

The meeting happened at the police headquarters where there was a heavy presence of the army. At that time speculation was rife that the army was there to arrest the police commissioner at Thabane’s instructions.
That soldiers had been deployed in the streets moments earlier seemed to give credence to that gossip.

Moleleki is said to have used the army’s presence at the police headquarters to support his claims that there was friction between the military and the police.

He also told Ramaphosa that Commissioner Molibeli’s leadership had caused animosity within the police ranks.
Moleleki allegedly said so stubborn was the commissioner that he had promoted some officers without the approval of the Police Board which is led by the Police Minister.

Itumeleng Khoete

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