By Staff Writers
Maseru, Jan 9 (The Night’s Watch) – The High Court on Thursday ordered that the letter of suspension of Commissioner of Police Holomo Molibeli by Prime Minister Thomas Thabane dated January 3, 2020 be withdrawn.
Last Friday Thabane purportedly suspended Molibeli “from office of Commissioner of Police for 60 days” pending investigations to determine the latter’s fitness or preparedness to hold the office.
“Therefore, the suspension is with immediate effect and restricts you from interfering with the entire Lesotho Mounted Police Service and its premises,” read the suspension letter.
The letter also requested Molibeli to show representations in writing within seven working days on receipt of the letter, “as to why The Right Honourable the Prime Minister may not advise the King to retire you from Office of the Commissioner of Police”.
Molibeli then lodged an urgent application in the High Court challenging Thabane’s attempts to sack him.
He told the court that the decision to suspend him was made “mala fide” (in bad faith) and to achieve ulterior motives harboured by Thabane against him.
The court today ruled that: “The letter of suspension of the Applicant from the Office of the Commissioner of Police by the 1st respondent dated 3rd January 2020, is hereby withdrawn, to the extent that it deals with the issue of suspension.”
It added that: “The letter of appointment dated the 6th January 2020 appointing Mr. Sera Makharilele to act as the Commissioner of Police is hereby withdrawn.”
The order is a result of Prime Minister Thabane’s out of court settlement with Molibeli.
The High Court also ordered the respondents to pay the costs of the application to Molibeli, including wasted costs for two days. NW