Maseru – A Memorandum of Understanding between the Lesotho army and the police has now been unveiled and signed just a day after it was shelved indefinitely.
The heads of the security agencies, Acting Commander of the Lesotho Defence Force (LDF) Major General Khoantle Mot’somot’so and Acting Commissioner of Police and Deputy Commissioner of Police Masupha Masupha, signed the MOU enabling the security members to guarantee implementation of the Maseru Security Accord penned down on October 23 2014.
The MOU signing had to be done today during a visit to Lesotho of the SADC Facilitator and South Africa’s Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa in a drive for peace and stability.
“The security forces in volition drafted the MOU to deal with the tension. That tension is now over. We now have security forces that are committed to observe the Constitution and do whatever is in the interest of Lesotho,” Ramaphosa said.
He revealed that SADC specifically informed the security leadership that the two agencies had been politicized to “an extent of siding with one party and now will embark on a journey to serve the interests of Basotho” and not one party.
Reminiscent of yesterday’s army and police joint march, Ramaphosa said the spirit of the exercise was to permeate throughout the country.
The MOU is a result of talks between the army and the police senior officers in an attempt to end hostilities following the signing of the Maseru Facilitation Accord.
The MOU establishes cooperation between the police and the army personnel and formation of a Joint Operation Centre to be located at the Mejametalana Airwing.
Through the agreement the army and police will also engage in joint operations to combat crime, protect property and its people as well as sharing of information on issues pertaining to their line of duty.
In the meantime, local media reported that the army had returned to the police weapons seized by the army at the police storage during an attempted coup staged on the 30th August, 2014.