Lesotho defies SADC again

SHARE   |   Wednesday, 10 February 2016   |   By Phillimon Mmeso
Lesotho defies SADC again

… Edits out critical information from report 

• Protects Mahao’s murderers 
Lesotho government has again defied SADC by deleting some critical information on the Phumaphi Commission Report into the circumstances surrounding the death of Brigadier Maaparankoe Mahao. One of the conditions from the SADC Double Troika was that Lesotho government must publish the report in its original form but Prime Minister Pakalitha Mosisili said that they had to remove some information for security reasons.

One of the critical information missing from the report which has already been published in Lesotho is the ballistic report which determines the gun that was used to kill Brigadier Mahao. Mosisili has said that they have contacted SADC regarding the missing of Annexure 5 which deals with ballistic report. “I deemed it extremely important to mention this anomaly myself to allay any fears or suspicion of foul play,” said Mosisili in his address to the national assembly on Monday. He said that they have decided to delete some of the names of soldiers who were mentioned in the report because they did not appear before the commission. 

The Phumaphi Report has made recommendations that the government of Lesotho should ensure that the criminal investigations on the death of Brigadier Mahao be pursued vigorously and that the Lesotho Mountain Police Service is empowered and resourced accordingly. “The investigation should be conducted expeditiously and comprehensively without any hindrances and that all physical evidence be surrendered,” reads the report.

It also recommends that Lieutenant General Kamoli be relieved of his duties as Commander of Lesotho Defense Force, “and all LDF officers implicated in cases of murder, attempted murder be suspended while investigations in their cases proceed in accordance with international practices.”
It has been established by the Phumaphi Commission that the reappointment of Lieutenant General Kamoli perpetuated the divisions within the LDF as he vowed to deal with those who celebrated his removal.

“The fleeing of opposition party leaders after Lieutenant General Kamoli’s reappointment and subsequent parliamentary boycotts by the opposition is a manifestation of instability,” reads the report. The report also observed that the main problem for Lesotho is its constitution and calls for its review.