The late Lieutenant General Khoantle Motšomotšo

Officer speaks on Motšomotšo’s murder

  • 1 December, 2018

Lieutenant Colonel Rankhone of the Lesotho Defence Force (LDF) this week told the Court Martial that he was ordered to arrest one of the three soldiers facing mutiny charges.

Rankhone testified as the eighth Crown witness in a case in which Major Pitso Ramoepane, Captains Litekanyo Nyakane and Boiketsiso Fonane are accused of rebelling again army command on September 5, 2017.

The three are also accused of failing to either report the alleged mutiny or suppress it.

Nyakane is further charged with unlawful possession of several arms belonging to the army without proper army consent.

Rakhone said on that day, he received a phone call from another officer informing him about the shooting incident that resulted in the death of former army boss Lt Gen Khoantle Motšomotšo at the Ratjomose army barracks.

Led by Adv. Thulo Hoeane for the Crown, Rakhone said he was told the late Brigadier Bulane Sechele and Colonel Tefo Hashatsi stormed the late commander’s office and gunned him down.

He said, later, Major General Lineo Poopa ordered him to go to the Makoanyane Military Hospital to arrest Ramoepane who was there.

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