Lesotho police must stop dabbling in politics

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Pulane Chaka

A report compiled by a ministerial task team investigating instability within the Lesotho Mounted Police Service (LMPS) has recommended its members must stop dabbling in party politics for stability within the police service.

The report released by Prime Minister Moeketsi Majoro last week detailed some of the challenges within the LMPS and further outlines members of the police service’s political affiliations to be a core instability fuelling factor that must be eliminated.

The report is the result of an inquiry instituted by Dr Mojoro into the instability docking the police service.

Majoro had appointed the Justice, Law, human rights, constitutional affairs, and correctional service minister Nqosa Mahao to head the task team that was also made up of Police and Public Safety Minister Mamoipone Senauoane, Defence and National Security minister Prince Maliehe, and the Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office Kemiso Mosenene.

The Task Team advises the LMPS be turned into a transparent institution with appointments and vacancies “advertised internally to enable competition and merit to form the basis of selection”.

The Task Team further says “the main threat to the LMPS is the politicians who lack the political will to oversee correct policies institutionalized,” as human resources policies have not been utilized for over a long period of time.

The Task Team further recommends that the Police Complaints Authority be independent from the Commissioner of Police and bedecked with powers to investigate and institute criminal proceedings as a self-governing body because the “investigators of today may well be the offender of tomorrow”.

The task team also observes that many cases did not receive their day in court even as they had been referred to the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).

The ministers also advise that the DPP’s office should decentralise issuance of commands and ensure that referred cases be dealt with expeditiously.

However, Mahao told the KDNews when contacted for comment that although the Task Team is advising officers to control their interactions with politicians, people’s relationships cannot be waterproofed; therefore, it cannot be assured that officers or politicians will abide by the recommendations.

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