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Top cop suspended over anti-government Facebook account

 

’Marafaele Mohloboli

Senior Assistant Commissioner of Police (SACP) ‘Masebina Ramone has been suspended to allow investigations into allegations that she operates a Facebook account highly critical of the government, Police Commissioner Molahlehi Letsoepa and Lesotho Defence Force (LDF) Commander Lieutenant-General Tlali Kamoli..

The suspension was confirmed yesterday by police spokesperson Clifford Molefe in an interview with the Sunday Express.

“SACP Ramone remains suspended until investigations into the allegations levelled against her (regarding the Facebook account) have been completed,” said Senior Inspector Molefe.

During her suspension, Senior Inspector Molefe said Assistant Commissioner of Police ’Matšepo Soko, would act in her position.

On 17 March 2016, Commissioner Letsoepa wrote a letter to Ms Ramone asking her to “show cause with seven days” why she should not be suspended pending disciplinary action for allegedly being behind the highly critical social network account bearing the name Paul Sithole. The account’s profile picture is a Chinese man standing in front of an LDF truck.

Ms Ramone, who is head of the Inspectorate for Complaints and Discipline (ICD), has been a member of the Lesotho Mounted Police Service (LMPS) for over 25 years.  She was not readily available for comment and neither was Commissioner Letsoepa.

After joining the LMPS as a constable, Ms Ramone rose through the ranks until she was promoted from Superintendent to Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) in 2014, and then SACP last year.

 

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