By: Mosoaboli Mohlomi
The minister responsible for Police and Public Safety, Honourable Monyane Moleleki completed his three days tour at Botha-Bothe district on Friday 24th, July 2015 at Qalo Police Post.
Hon. Moleleki jointly with his entourage from the ministry of Police which comprised Principal Secretary (PS) Mr. Refiloe Matekane and police management started his excursion at Monontša Police Post which is nestled in the mountainous terrain of Botha-Bothe on Wednesday 22nd, July 2015.
The purpose of the visit was to inspect the environment in which police are working as well as to find out how best the ministry could assist police to improve services.
During his tour, the minister told police who were listening attentively that he had not visited them to give them command since he is not the one to command police, but he had visited them to check where they were staying , the environment they are working and to get their needs.
He said police have their own commanders who are tasked with giving them instructions. He encouraged police to carefully listen to their authorities because they know better about duty of a police officer.
The ministry of Police PS Matekane vowed to attend all the distresses of police and added that the ministry is engaged on looking how best it could do to buy additional horses.
PS Matekane showed that other new police station offices would be constructed and Botha-Bothe would be among them.
Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) responsible for Crime Intelligence Services (C.I.S.) Mr. Holomo Molibeli implored Botha-Bothe police to observer costumer care whenever they attend public reports: “Remember to serve your customers with decency and integrity,” Mr. Molibeli said.
DCP Molibeli reminded police officers that ‘discipline is the corner-stone of every police officer’. He said they should bear in mind that they have to portray good image of Lesotho Mounted Police Service and bring back trust.
He made them aware that on their daily duties they would meet different people and some far older than them, he said they should respect those old-aged people and treat them in the manner they would like they parents to be treated.
“Challenges such as inadequate vehicles, horses and other modes of transport are being addressed so definitely there is no need to worry,” DCP Molibeli recounted.
He added that with time police would see change in their service.
Talking about police holding-cells DCP Molibeli explained that they are not meant to punish suspects but to keep them for a while on their journey to courts of law. He commanded police to always keep holding-cells clean.
He concluded his speech by instructing police officers to desist from accepting bribery hence this is a punishable offence. He also recommended police who are still loyal to their duties.
Meanwhile one of the police officers Sub-Inspector Lebohang Morema who is the chairperson of Police Women’s Network in Lesotho has appealed to the minister to help police to have their own Medical Aid Scheme claiming that the scheme would useful to improve health of police officers.
The minister also addressed police in Qholaqhoe, Botha-Bothe, ’Muela and Qalo where police were also told to acknowledge him as the minister of police.
This is the sixth journey of the minister around police stations he has visited the following district: Mokhotlong, Thaba-Tseka, Qacha’s Nek, Maseru Rural and Berea. He is expected to continue with other remaining police stations.