MASERU - The Lesotho Defence Force (LDF) on Monday said there are no tensions simmering between the former mutiny suspects and their colleagues who tortured them during the political instability in 2015. This comes after recent media reports that “there are simmering tensions between certain groups in the LDF,” and that something needs to be done because the situation may soon get out of hand. However, in its statement, the LDF Public Affairs Office has labelled the reports as baseless. The statement also assured Basotho and the international community that there is no truth in the reports.
May 24, 2018
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‘No tensions in the army’
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“The LDF command, mandated by the Lesotho government, has since embarked on the on-going reintegration process following the recent past security challenges Lesotho experienced. “The first phase was to conduct counselling for all who were affected by the deterioration in command and control that rocked LDF four years ago – and it’s an on-going process, that will be followed by the reintegration exercise in earnest,” read part of the statement.
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The statement further said the LDF command is still steering all these processes without any incident of major concern, and appealed to the public to allay its fears. Twenty-two soldiers were arrested, detained, and tortured between May and July 2015 on charges of plotting to topple the command of the then army commander, Lieutenant General Tlali Kamoli. Another 23 soldiers fled the country and only returned towards the end of last year. Kamoli is currently detained at the Maseru Maximum Prison facing a plethora of murder charges and attempted murder charges, headlined by the August 30, 2014 killing of Mokheseng Ramahloko. The soldiers were accused of working in cohorts with the former army commander, Maaparankoe Mahao, who was later shot dead by his colleagues in June 2015 while allegedly resisting arrest in Mokema.