The late Brigadier Bulane Sechele and Colonel Tefo Hashatsi who allegedly assassinated their Commander on Tuesday morning before they were also shot down at Ratjomose military headquarters in Maseru will not be honoured with a state burial.
Major General Lineo Poopa, who is temporarily holding the fort in the Lesotho Defence Force (LDF) as Commander said there would be no official funeral for the two men instead they will be buried ordinarily.
He indicated however that the slain Commander Lieutenant General Khoantle Motsomotso will receive official burial which will be held at his home village of Ha Lesaoana in Butha-Buthe on Thursday September 14.
Major General Poopa said a memorial service day has not been decided yet.
Lieutenant General Motsomotso died four days away from his 57th birthday as he was born September 9, 1960. He is survived by his mother, wife and two children.
He served the LDF since December 18, 1980 and if he saw the end of this year he would have served the country as a soldier for 37 years.
Lieutenant General Motsomotso met his death on Tuesday morning when the two other deceased allegedly stormed into his office accusing him of selling them to the police, reportedly following an order to have suspects in the killing of Lisebo Tang who was shot next to former army Commander’s home at Ha Leqele and her boyfriend badly injured in 2014 to report themselves to the police headquarters.
This order was part of implementation of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) decisions to have those suspected of crimes be held accountable and those responsible for crimes that pertained to the political and security instability in the country be put before courts of law including suspects of August 30, 2015 attempted coup, and assassination of former Commander, Lt General Maaparankoe Mahao.
The late Brigadier Hashatsi and Colonel Sechele were both implicated in Mahao’s death.
According to preliminary information by the government, Colonel Sechele stormed into Lieutenant General Motsomotso’s office, held a short heated conversation which was followed by a number of shots that raised alarm to the Commander’s body guards.
It is reported that then the bodyguards came, shot at Brigadier Hashatsi and Colonel Sechele, the latter dying right on the spot while the former ran outside, stood by the wall trying to take cover, but collapsed and died on the way to hospital.
The Commander was also found dead in his office.