Police boss fight with police association deepens
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…association leaders challenge orders in court
By Itumeleng Koleile
Police Commissioner Holomo Molibeli is on a warpath, firing from all cylinders against Lesotho Police Staff Association (LEPOSA) leadership, but unyielding officers accused of bringing police service into disrepute have taken their fight to Court this week.
LEPOSA’s Spokesperson, Police Constable Motlatsi Mofokeng this week sought the intervention of the High Court against Molibeli’s attempt to transfer him from the Maseru City to the Berea district.
While Mofokeng waits for September 3 when the court will hear his petition for the court to overturn Molibeli’s orders and declare them unlawful, another officer, Lance Sergeant Motseki has been slapped with a dismissal letter from the police service.
Both Mofokeng and Motseki, the KDNews has learned argue victimization for their active role in their duties as part of the leadership of the LEPOSA.
In an interview, Mofokeng said the Police Commissioner is trying, by all means, possible to thwart the smooth operations of LEPOSA.
Mofokeng said upon receipt of his transfer note, he responded in a letter raising his concerns against the transfer.
But, Mofokeng told KDNews Molibeli never responded to any of his letters although arguing having raised issues that merited a response.
He said he had raised procedural flaws in Molibeli’s actions which included having not been given a pre-transfer hearing.
He said the rules of natural justice demands that before a decision affecting a person is taken, he should be given an opportunity to be heard.
“The transfer is tainted,” he said.
Mofokeng said in his letter to Molibeli, he cites that the malicious transfer comes immediately after he laid a complaint following his allegation of threats leveled against him by his senior that was never dealt with but only trivialized.
So the transfer, Mofokeng argues is a punitive act calculated to silence him.
“I am no longer free at work resulting from those threats. And my life is in danger because of the notoriety of our police service’s brutality,” Mofokeng had said when lodging a complaint that he claims were only trivialized.
He said in his court papers he tells the court how the transfer is intended to silence him as the LEPOSA spokesperson by removing him from a convenience Maseru office to Berea.
Mofokeng told the KDNews he has now approached the court after failed attempts to get a response from the commissioner.
The Court has granted Mofokeng an interim court order to continue working in Maseru until his petition before a court has been dealt with to finality.