Police quiz Mokaloba

Police quiz Mokaloba

MASERU – BRIGADIER General Ramanka Mokaloba, the commander of the army’s special operations unit, was interrogated by the police last Friday. Police spokesmen Inspector Mpiti Mopeli yesterday confirmed that Brigadier General Mokaloba was quizzed by the police.
Inspector Mopeli however refused to disclose the purpose of the interrogation.
“He came and helped us with investigations then left,” Mopeli said.

Army spokesperson Brigadier Ntlele Ntoi also confirmed that Brigadier General Mokaloba was summoned by the police.
Ntoi just said: “It is true that Brigadier Mokaloba was called by the headquarters police.”
He too refused to say why Brigadier General Mokaloba was questioned.

Police sources however said Mokaloba was questioned on the bombings of January 2014 in Moshoeshoe II and Ha-Abia in Maseru.
“It is well known that the man has been on the police’s list of people who should answer some questions about the bombings,” the source said.
The source said Brigadier General Mokaloba has been “a person of interest” to the police for the past three years.
The police have been investigating the army’s alleged involvement in the bombing of former Police Commissioner Khothatso Tšooana’s home in Ha-Abia in January 2014.

On the same night bombs ripped the Moshoeshoe II home of Prime Minister Thomas Thabane’s then girlfriend Liabiloe Ramoholi (now ’Maesaia Thabane). Her neighbour ’Mamoletsane Moletsane’s house was also bombed.
The army allegedly refused to release seven soldiers the police suspected of carrying the attack.
Retired Lieutenant General Tlali Kamoli, Brigadier General Mokaloba’s former boss, is now facing 14 attempted murder charges in connection with the bombings.

The prosecution is opposing bail on grounds that he might flee, interfere with potential witnesses and destabilise the army.
Lt Gen Kamoli has however dismissed the allegations as a sinister attempt to keep him in custody.
Brigadier General Mokaloba is the most senior serving soldier to be questioned in connection with the alleged bombings.

Nkheli Liphoto

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