Shake-up in army

Shake-up in army

MASERU – Lieutenant General Mojalefa Letsoela was on Tuesday appointed the new Lesotho Defence Force (LDF) commander in a major shake-up of the army. Lt Gen Letsoela takes over the reins from Major General Lineo Poopa who had been acting in that capacity since the murder of Lieutenant General Khoantle Motšomotšo last September.

The government says it is considering assigning Major General Lineo Poopa another task outside the army following his retirement on Tuesday.
Letsoela, who was a Major General, has now been promoted to a Lieutenant General.
Defence Principal Secretary, Colonel Tanki Mothae, told thepost yesterday that Maj Gen Poopa would be re-assigned to another position outside the LDF.

He however declined to discuss the details of his new appointment.
He said that will be announced by the Prime Minister’s Office in due course.
Col Mothae said Maj Gen Poopa was informed of his retirement from the LDF through a letter.
When contacted yesterday, Maj Gen Poopa declined to comment.

“I have nothing to discuss with the media. Please go to the Prime Minister and the PS of the Ministry of Defence for information,” he said.
He only told thepost that he had served the army for 37 years.
The Prime Minister’s spokesman, Thabo Thakalekoala, said the government is still deliberating about where to assign Maj Gen Poopa.
He said the public will be informed in due course.

Col Mothae dismissed as nonsense the rumours in Maseru that Maj Gen Poopa was under investigation by the police for crimes he allegedly committed during the tenure of Lt Gen Tlali Kamoli.
“His contract has expired and he has to leave the LDF,” Col Mothae said.

He said Maj Gen Poopa was not leaving the army because he had committed anything wrong but had reached the mandatory retirement age.
Col Mothae said Maj Gen Poopa is above 55 years and was elevated as the acting commander on a contract.

He said when Lt Gen Motšomotšo was murdered, Maj Gen Poopa was appointed acting commander when he had already reached retirement age. The government therefore had to retain him on a contract.

Meanwhile, Colonel Matela Matobakele has been promoted to the rank of Deputy Commander of the LDF.
He is now a Major General.

Brigadier Pooqa Motoa has been elevated to Major General and he is now Chief of Staff while Brigadier Ramanka Mokaloba is now the Inspector General.

Majara Molupe

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