King Letsie III of Lesotho gathered political leaders to refrain from using the army for “dirty’ work, on Thursday, at the funeral of a commander who was assassinated last week.
Commander Khoantle Motsomotso was shot dead by rival officers at Maseru, the capital city. King Letsie said, “My plea to us all leaders is to stop sneaking around, approaching soldiers to do our dirty political missions while we promise them all sorts of things”, addressing the mourners during the funeral. He also described the assassination as an ‘embarrassment” to the kingdom.
King Letsie also gave a word of motivation to the country by staying away from activities that throw their country into disarray. He urged the army to work together peacefully with the active commander, major General Lineo Poopa, to deal with issues concerning the country and not bring shame to themselves or making themselves “a laughing stock of other nations.”
Thabane’s old rival, Pakalitha Mosisili, who rules from 1998 to 2012 and 2015 to 2017 was accused for the assassination of the commander. The two officers who shot Motsomotso were shot dead by the body guards of the deceased.
“We must stop enticing soldiers…if we stop this, we will be able to regain lost of peace and stability” said Deputy Prime Minister Monyane Moleleki, echoing the king’s sentiments.