Police quiz Nkoka over attacks

Police quiz Nkoka over attacks

MASERU – A former Ministry of Communications, Science and Technology senior official, Ratokelo Nkoka, was briefly quizzed by the police over his role in the August 29, 2014 political disturbances. Sources say Nkoka was accompanied by his lawyer when the police interrogated him about two weeks ago.
However, Nkoka flatly refused to reveal why he appeared before the police saying it was still premature to discuss the matter with the media.
“I will definitely tell you once my case is complete,” Nkoka said.

Nkoka was summoned to the police in his capacity as a former director in the Ministry of Communications.
Nkoka is a former diplomat based in Durban. Before he was deployed to Durban, Nkoka was employed as the Director of Language and Cultural Promotion at the Ministry of Communications, Science and Technology.

Police spokesperson Superintendent Mpiti Mopeli confirmed that Nkoka had been summoned by the police. He however declined to discuss the matter.
“He was here but I cannot tell you what he was here for,” Supt Mopeli said.
thepost understands the police were keen to interview Nkoka and other senior officials within the Ministry of Communications over what role they could have played during the events of August 29, 2014.

Sources say the police are building a case of high treason.
However, sources say possible suspects in the treason case who are not soldiers have not been identified yet.
The sources say the police wanted to know the role that Nkoka could have played during that period.
They say they want to understand what role they played when radio stations were shut down on the night of August 29, 2014 when the then army under Lieutenant General Tlali Kamoli attacked police stations in Maseru.

Nearly all privately owned and church radio stations in the country were all linked to the Radio Lesotho equipment.
When the army attacked police stations, it is believed that the ministry’s engineers were instructed to disconnect radio stations so that they could not report on what was happening.
During the attack, an officer at the police headquarters Sub-Inspector Mokheseng Ramahloko was shot dead.
The police fled into hiding.

Prime Minister Thomas Thabane, and his top lieutenants, also fled the country claiming the army had staged a coup.
Both state and private radio stations were switched off at mid-night although at one point they returned into operation but were down again until the next morning at around 10am – 11am.
During that eventful night, several police stations were attacked by rogue elements within the Lesotho Defence Force (LDF).
Suspects in the Ramahloko murder who are LDF members have since been charged for the murder.

Lieutenant General Tlali Kamoli, who was the army commander, remains in detention over the events of 2014.
Sources also say the police are working around the clock to identify more suspects and ultimately draft the charge sheet accordingly.
Witnesses who have already testified before the police indicated that when these LDF members arrived at the police stations, they forcefully disarmed the police who were on duty.
They took all the firearms which were in their lawful possession as well as those which were safely kept by the police officers either as exhibits or part of the armoury for the LMPS.

Majara Molupe

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