Lesotho secures foreign assignments for security chiefs, Ramaphosa happy

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Maseru – Lesotho has secured assignments for two of the three of its security chiefs placed on leave of absence for unspecified duration sparking delight on SADC mediation facilitator Cyril Ramaphosa.

Lieutenant General  Maaparankoe Mahao of the Lesotho Defence Force (LDF) is to be engaged at the African Union headquarters in Ethiopia as defence advisor on troubled South Sudan with its neighbour Sudan.

Commissioner of Police Khothatso T’sooana is tasked for engagement in an anti-terrorism effort in Algeria as police advisor while a programme of assignment for Lieutenant General Tlali Kamoli in Uganda is not yet known.

Lesotho’s ministry of defence Principal Secretary Thato Mohasoa told the state radio the departure of the three security officers was a fulfilment of the Maseru Security Accord that facilitated departure from normal duty by the officers signed last month.

The implementation of the agreement is to normalise relations between the country’s army and the police, said Mohasoa today.

Lesotho Defence Force Armoured Truck at recent police and army confrontation in Lesotho.
Lesotho Defence Force Armoured Truck at recent police and army confrontation in Lesotho.

The three security officers left Lesotho on Friday after SADC mediation facilitator Cyril Ramaphosa held talks with tripartite coalition leadership led by Prime Thomas Thabane.

Ramaphosa returns to Lesotho this week delighted with the country’s implementation of the Maseru Security Accord which he regards as measure to ensure that peace prevails.

Also South Africa’s deputy president, Ramaphosa jets into the kingdom for the first time since the start of the leave of absence of three senior officers.

It’s a huge milestone that builds confidence to ensure security is in place ahead of next year’s general election, Ramaphosa told the South African Broadcasting Corporation Saturday. He said “many people believe Lesotho can go to election now that security chiefs have left.”

Under heavy guard, Lieutenant General Kamoli travelled out of Lesotho by road to neighbouring South Africa.

During the three officers’ absence, Major General Khoantle Motsomotso and Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Masupha Masupha will hold fort within the LDF and the Lesotho Mounted Police Service (LMPS) respectively.

Lesotho heads to the brought forward parliamentary poll in February 2015 from the 2017 date agreed in a Maseru Facilitation Agreement signed by among others opposition leaders recently.

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