Lesotho linked to spy equipment scandal
Publish date: 09 July 2018
Issue Number: 781
Diary: IBA Legalbrief Africa
Lesotho's Directorate on Corruption and Economic Offences (DCEO) is investigating claims that the former coalition government purchased $2m worth of cyber equipment to spy on members of the security agencies and ordinary civilians. Sources told the Lesotho Times that even though the former government had taken delivery of the spying equipment from a South African company, it had not paid the full amount because it diverted part of the funds to support the election campaign of one of the former governing parties. 'The former Minister of Defence and National Security Tšeliso Mokhosi and the former NSS director-general Tumo Lekhooa skipped the country and went into exile after they had been called for interrogation by DCEO investigators on the issue,' said DCEO director-general Borotho Matsoso.