Lesotho’s Prime Minister overturns ‘forced leave’ of top detective

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Maseru – Lesotho’s Prime Minister and Minister of Police Thomas Thabane today overturned a ‘forced leave’ of top Lesotho Mounted Police Service Head of Crime Intelligence Unit.

Thabane nullified a more than 200 days ‘forced leave’ pending retirement of Assistant Police Commissioner (ACP) Sello Mosili, a top Lesotho crime investigator.

Announcing a reversal of the instruction for ACP Mosili to go on leave by Acting Commissioner of Police Masupha Masupha, Thabane said he was not informed about the decision as the minister responsible for the police. He said it was a requirement that his office scrutinize any circumstances that would warrant such a decision that involved a police officer of such a high rank.

He informed the public that such a decision should have rightly been authorized by him as the minister of the police, warning it be reversed immediately.

Mosili was served with a letter yesterday instructing him to take leave pending his retirement after serving the police for many years.

The LMPS Spokesperson Senior Inspector Lebona Mohloboli confirmed to the Harvest Fm, a local radio station, that Mosili had been asked to go on leave. This despite Mosili being a key investigator in a case involving the bomb attacks at Moshoeshoe II and Ha Abia .

ACP Mosili is leading an investigation into the early 2014 attacks that occurred at Thabane’s then love partner Liabiloe Ramoholi leaving three children badly injured by the bombs at Moshoeshoe II and at ’Mamoletsane Moletsane’s residence.

The property at both residences was severely damaged.

The attacks were also carried out the same night at the Commissioner of Police Khothatso T’sooana’s residence at Ha Abia in Maseru. No one was injured during the incident.

Investigations brewed a bitter rivalry between the elite unit members of the Lesotho Defence Froce (LDF) and the police.

LDF Commander Lieutenant Tlali Kamoli has since refused to hand over eight military suspects linked to the bombings, saying the detectives were famous for torturing members of the army.

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