BY: Mosoaboli Mohlomi
MASERU: The minister of Police and Public Safety, Honourable Monyane Moleleki says for the past decades Lesotho Mounted Police Service (LMPS) has remained an ignored organization’.
Delivering a healing speech at a dilapidated Thabana-Morena Police Station in Mafeteng district, the minister said the government is aware of all the challenges facing LMPS in this 21st century that is why there is a minister of police for the first time in Lesotho.
He showed that in the past, police were incorporated in other ministries such as Home Affairs and under prime minister’s office.
“This made the work of police extremely difficult because other departments were prioritized over police,” said the Hon. Minister.
He said modern policing requires police who are well equipped with all the necessary resources to battle the heinous crime and firmly uphold law and order in the country.
The minister who was deeply shocked by the state of police structures at Thabana-Morena and other stations in Mafeteng said the whole structure of Thabana-Morena needs to be reconstructed.
He said he believe that with necessary resources inter alia good offices, proper horses, vehicles, office furniture’s, quality uniform; members of LMPS would be in a better position to provide quality service to the nation.
“There is really no need for police to work on a poor environment. Police are civil servants like any other, they deserve to live in good houses and work in well furnished government office,” lamented Hon. Moleleki.
He added that there are many shaky police station buildings all over the country and the government through the ministry of police and public safety would keep an eye on the way to help police get out of this status quo.
He also said the government is aware of hardships that police had gone through in boarders between Lesotho and South Africa.
He said during the construction of new police offices the ministry would take that into account.
Modern police stations have also been constructed at Phamong and Ketane in Mohale’s District, Mokhalinyane in Maseru Rural district, while construction is underway at Botha-Bothe district police station, Mafeteng district police station as well as Mohale’s Heok district police station.
New police posts are also expected to be constructed at Mantšonyane in Thaba-Tseka district and Simione in Maseru Rural district.
Minister Moleleki is on his tour around the country on a mission to know police and inspect surroundings in which they work and live.
This is the eighth district so far and is left with two districts which include Leribe and Quthing.
He is accompanied by the Acting Principal Secretary of Ministry of Police and Public Safety Mr. Tšokolo Koro, Senior Assistance Commissioner of Police Ms. Thato Matlanyane and police officials.