Captain Fonane gravely ill

Captain Fonane gravely ill

MASERU – A SOLDIER charged for mutiny, Captain Boiketsiso Fonane, is gravely ill.
On Monday, the Court Martial ordered the Lesotho Defence Force (LDF) to allow him to see a doctor of his choice.
Judge Justice Mathanzima Maqutu was pestered with petitions from Fonane’s lawyer, Advocate Letuka Molati, to force the army to allow him to get medical attention.
Molati wrote a letter to the Lesotho Defence Force (LDF) asking them why they had constantly chained his client.

The letter partly reads: “The client remains chained by the legs from 17th September to present and continuously, we implored your good office to make a decision on the matter in view of the fact that the client tabled this issue before the Provost Marshall many months ago.”
But there was no decision made on the issue.

Molati then asked the Court Martial to order the LDF to allow his client to see a doctor privately.
The family believes their son’s health deteriorated as a direct result of being constantly chained.
Capt Fonane has been chained since September 17 last year when he was arrested and detained at Makoanyane Military Barracks.
He is facing a charge of mutiny along with Capt Litekanyo Nyakane and Major Pitso Ramoepane for events that took place on September 5 last year which led to the assassination of Lt General Khoantle Motšomotšo.

The two other senior LDF officers, Colonel Tefo Hashatsi and Brigadier Bulane Sechele also died during the fatal shoot-out that ensued on that eventful day.
Molati wrote the letter to the LDF in June asking why Capt Fonane was in shackles.
Capt Fonane spent two weeks battling for his life at Makoanyane Military Hospital chained, thepost heard.

A close family member told thepost that they were irked by the fact that the doctor who was in charge of Capt Fonane disclosed his health condition to the officer in charge of the military detention. “We strongly believe that what the doctor shared with the officer in charge of the Military Detention was highly confidential. The health of a person should remain confidential between his doctor and him only,” the family member said.

He added: “The information could only be shared with the permission of the patient”.
It was against this background that the family opted to look for a private doctor outside the Makoanyane Barracks.
The family member said the doctor said he would only attend to the patient if he was not chained and under heavy army guard.
“But the LDF could not listen to our pleas and those from the doctor,” he said.
“We were told that that would be impossible”.

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