LEPOSA challenges promotions

LEPOSA challenges promotions

MASERU – THE Lesotho Police Staff Association (LEPOSA) has lodged an urgent application in the High Court seeking to block the promotion of six senior police officers. LEPOSA has asked the court to declare the promotions null and void pending the finalisation of the matter.
They say there was no legal basis for the promotions.

A LEPOSA National Executive Committee member who asked to remain anonymous told thepost last night that there was a memo that invited the interested police officers to fill the vacant positions. He said the guidelines on how to apply were shown.
But what is worrying them is that they never knew what happened to the people who had applied for the positions.

They only saw the announcement of the promoted officers recently. Inspector Beleme Lebajoa was promoted to the rank of Assistant Commissioner of Police while Inspector Boipuso Monne was promoted to the rank of senior inspector.

Monne is the president of LEPOSA which is the applicant in this case. The other respondents in this case are the Commissioner of Police, the Attorney General, Police Human Resource Office and Staff Officer to the Commissioner of Police.

Senior Inspector Lefu Ralethoko was promoted to the position of senior superintendent while Inspector Mpiti Mopeli was promoted to superintendent.

Senior Inspector Thato Ramarikhoane was also promoted to the rank of superintendent.
Inspector Mohlapiso Mohlapiso has been elevated to the rank of senior inspector.
“We believe there is no legality and fairness surrounding these promotions,” the LEPOSA member said.

The officer insisted that some LMPS regulations of 2003 regarding the promotions of police officers had been violated.
He said they were hoping to see the police officers who had applied for the positions being called for interviews but that was never done.
He said they only heard that the promotions had been effected while they were still waiting to see how they would be carried out.
And this by itself is illegal, he said.

He said what the current government has done was exactly what the previous government led by Pakalitha Mosisili did.
Last year, just a few days before the June 3 general elections were held, the government promoted more than 30 police officers.
LEPOSA challenged the promotions in the courts of law.

The newly promoted spokesperson Superintendent Mopeli confirmed that they have been sued.
The police generally refrain from commenting on record.

Majara Molupe

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