Police boss blocked

Police boss blocked

MASERU – THE Commissioner of Police Molibeli Holomo has been temporarily interdicted from promoting officers to the ranks of lance sergeant, sergeant, sub-inspector and inspector. High Court judge Justice Molefi Makara made the interim order on Monday pending finalisation of the case of 37 officers challenging their demotions and the police’s refusal to pay them according to the new ranks they had attained.
Commissioner Holomo demoted the officers shortly after his appointment late last year. They had been promoted three days after the former Prime Minister Pakalitha Mosisili lost power to Prime Minister Thomas Thabane.

The new government viewed the promotions as politically motivated.
Soon after his appointment Commissioner Holomo told the officers that he was rescinding their promotions.
They sued, asking the High Court to interdict the commissioner from “promoting other police officers to” their ranks pending finalisation of their case. Justice Makara granted the interim order on Monday.

The commissioner, his boss the Police Minister ’Mampho Mokhele and the Attorney General have been ordered to file their answering affidavits by April 5 while the applicants should file theirs on April 13. The officers also asked Justice Makara to order the commissioner to pay their salaries that correspond to their new ranks but the judge did not grant them this order pending the completion of the case.

This case is one of the many that are clouding the commissioner’s office because of the challenged promotions and demotions.
After demoting these 37 officers, Commissioner Holomo promoted others whose promotions are being challenged in the High Court by the Lesotho Police Staff Association (LEPOSA).

LEPOSA had also challenged Holomo’s predecessor, Molahlehi Letsoepa’s decision to promote these 37 officers saying he had not followed procedure.

Staff Reporter

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