Maseru – Lesotho’s two security agencies the Lesotho Defence Force and the Lesotho Mounted Police Service ((LMPS) leaders are to sign on Wednesday a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) meant to secure implementation of the Maseru Security Accord.
The MOU will be signed by the Acting Commissioner of Police and Deputy Commissioner of Police Masupha Masupha and LDF Acting Commander Major General Khoantle Mot’somot’so here.
However, the signing of the MOU will not be deemed to resolve any “pending disputes between the two agencies but the agencies shall endeavour to resolve them within the spirit of the Maseru Security Accord.”
The Accord, signed on October 23 2014 is meant to “actively promote and encourage harmonious relations between the leadership, officers and members of both the LDF and the LMPS and to discourage further confrontations or hostilities among them.”
The MOU, set to become operational from the 10th December 2014, allows the two agencies to give each other assistance in gathering information relating to criminal activities for their prevention and investigation. It will also allow for intelligence gathering, exchanging information, building capacity on crime prevention strategies as well as assisting each on arrests.
Again the MOU allows for an establishment of the Joint Operation Centre (JOC) which is to be located at the Mejametalana Airwing in Maseru the capital city of Lesotho.
The MOU further obliges the security agencies to ensure the protection of the Kingdom, its people and their property at all times. They are also to guarantee a working of all SADC Declarations signed by Lesotho authorities while at the moment.
The costs relating to the MOU are to be borne by each agency unless the two mutually determine otherwise. The amendments in the MOU may be made anytime through mutual consent in writing.
The disputes arising from the implementation of the document, are to be settled amicably by the agencies through consultation and or negotiation.
The signing follows a meeting held on December 5 2014 by the senior officers of the LDF and the LMPS with the SADC mission observing the occasion where final discussion on MOU were made.