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Knives out for Letsoepa

’Marafaele Mohloboli

BASOTHO National Party (BNP) spokesperson, Machesetsa Mofomobe says Police Commissioner Molahlehi Letsoepa should step down “with immediate effect” for alleged dereliction of duty “fueled by political bias”.

Mr Mofomobe recently told the Sunday Express that Commissioner Letsoepa was not “fit to hold that office,” adding “he has served out the most ‘show cause’ letters in the history of any police administration simply because he felt that the some police officers did not see eye to eye with him politically”.

“All the promotions which Letsoepa has effected were politically motivated and not awarded on merit.

“Police Constable Mokalekale Khetheng disappeared at the hands of the police and he has dismally failed to investigate this matter,” Mr Mofomobe said.

PC Khetheng was stationed in Mokhotlong and allegedly last seen being arrested by his colleagues at a feast in Sebothoane, Leribe in March this year. His family has since taken the police authorities to court demanding his body, dead or alive.

He said during Commissioner Letsoepa’s tenure, he and those close to him have been “abducted more than five times” and did not get protection from the police.

Alliance of Democrats Youth League President, Thuso Litjobo concurred with Mr Mofomobe, saying it was time Commissioner Letsoepa resigned as he had dismally failed to improve the police force.

However, Commissioner Letsoepa told this publication he was “actually very fit for office,” adding, “I don’t think that I will be sacked even with the emergence of the new government.”

“I don’t regret expelling them (police officers) and I would still do the same if I saw anyone behaving that way.

“If there is one thing which I won’t compromise, it is to ensure the police institution is not dragged into politics. I owe no one an apology nor an explanation,” he added.


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