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Soldiers sue LDF for assault

The newly elected leader of BNP, Machesetsa Mofomobe

June 23, 2021 2 min read

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THE Lesotho Defense Force (LDF) says it is shocked by a case opened against it by soldiers who claim they were brutally assaulted by their colleagues in 2015.

This emerged during an interview the army’s Public Affairs Officer, Captain Sakeng Lekola had with a local radio station on Tuesday.  

Captain Lekola said the incident reportedly occurred when 16 LDF members fled the country together with former Prime Minister and leader of All Basotho Convention Party (ABC) Motsoahae Thabane in 2015.

They sought refuge in South Africa, he said.

“The worst part of this is that some of these soldiers are no longer part of the army as they left the LDF a long time ago,” he said, adding that this has never happened before in the history of the LDF.

He said they are going to conduct a meeting with LDF committee in order to find the way forward on the issue.

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The newly elected leader of the Basotho National Party (BNP) Machesetsa Mofomobe reportedly phoned during the radio programme, saying the soldiers have the right to sue the army as they were indeed assaulted.

The soldiers include Ngoliso Majara, Khoarai Ralitlamo, Motšoane Motsoane, Thabiso Motsieloa, Thabang Lepota, Peter Mokhothu, Selebalo Sejake, Litile Rantuba, Lehlohonolo Bolofo, Ntai Mosala, Motšoari Mahase, Mokhapi Kalane, Mojalefa Mosakeng, Ntabajane Kanono and Lehloa Ramotšo. LeNA

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