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New boss for police

Keketso MonahengKeiso Mohloboli

MASERU — Deputy Commissioner of Po­lice Khothatso Tšooana was this week ap­pointed Acting Commissioner of Police, re­placing Keketso Monaheng, who went on leave in December to attend a three-week initiation school.

Former Acting Commissioner of Po­lice Monaheng was informed in a letter upon returning to work on Monday that Tšooana would be taking over from him with immediate effect.
The Sunday Express’s sister paper, the Lesotho Times, reported last September that Monaheng was ap­pointed acting com­missioner after his predeces­sor, Kizito Mhlakaza, was sent on forced leave in the same month.

Monaheng, formerly known as Kholok­holo, has served in the police for more than twenty years.
The appointment, made on Monday, was only formally announced on Thurs­day.
Police spokesperson, Senior Inspector Lebona Mohloboli, this week said Min­ister of Police, Prime Minister Motsoahae Thabane, had to “appoint another senior officer to take over the office of the Com­missioner since it was vacant”.

Mohloboli explained that Mona­heng was not demoted as he had not been confirmed commissioner of police prior to his departure for the initiation school.

Instead, Mohloboli said Thabane acted in line with the provisions of sections six and nine of the Police Act of 1998, which state that it is “not specific how long a senior officer should act in a certain posi­tion”.

The police spokesperson added that the Police Act also grants Thabane the powers to “appoint any sen­ior officer of his choice, at an­ytime to any vacant position inside the police service”, adding that the Act also grants Thabane the powers to change acting senior of­ficers “from time to time”.
“It is not obligatory to appoint one senior offic­er to act for a certain po­sition, the act provides for a change,” Mohloboli said.

Following his appoint­ment in an acting ca­pacity, speculation was rife Monaheng would eventually take up the post on a permanent basis.

This was be­cause, sources said, he had worked closely with Thabane during his tenure as Home Affairs Minister in former Prime Minister Pakalitha Mosisili’s Lesotho Con­gress for Democracy (LCD) administra­tion.

Highly-placed sources said Thabane’s relationship with Monaheng continued to flourish even after the premier had defect­ed from the LCD to form the All Basotho Convention (ABC), which is now the main partner in the coalition government with the LCD and the Basotho National Party (BNP).
Tšooana, who is Monaheng’s junior both in terms of age and experience in the po­lice force, landed the deputy police com­missioner’s post after serving only eight years in the force.

Tšooana holds a Master’s Degree in Philosophy and was a senior inspec­tor who acquitted himself well and thus skipped the three ranks of su­perintendent, senior superinten­dent and assistant commissioner, and catapulted to Deputy Commissioner of Police.

Meanwhile, an ABC source who is a former police officer told this paper yesterday former Commis­sioner of Police ‘Malejaka Letooane, who retired under controversial circumstances during the Mosisili-led admin­istration reportedly due to sour relations with former Natu­ral Resources Minis­ter Monyane Moleleki, could be engaged on contract as the new Commissioner of Police.

“Ntate Thabane is sceptical about ap­pointing one of the current senior offic­ers as commissioner of police. He is likely to bring a retired senior police officer on board, instead,” the source said.
“There’s been talk that although there are many names on his list, former com­missioner ‘Malejaka Letooane is most like­ly to be appointed.”

When contacted for comment yester­day, Mhlakaza told this paper he took an early retirement on January 9 but would not elaborate except to say “it was for per­sonal reasons which I don’t want to share with people”.

Mhlakaza also refused to comment on whether or not the early re­tirement was forced saying “I do not want to talk about that is­sue at the mo­ment”.

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