MASERU – Nedbank Lesotho on Tuesday this week handed over a cheque for M60 000 to the Lesotho Mounted Police Service (LMPS) to assist in mitigating the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on law enforcement. The Bank also donated hand sanitisers and face masks to the police during the same event.
Handing over the cheque, Nedbank Lesotho Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Nkau Matete expressed appreciation for the efforts made by the LMPS to ensure safety of the people, particularly in line with the ever escalating cyber-crime and fraud.
He said his institution works hand in hand with the LMPS to combat crime, adding that the police deserve even more support in order to be in a position to exercise their duties with ease.
The money will be used specifically to strengthen the Police Training College (PTC) as well as ensure safety of the trainees against the pandemic.
“We truly appreciate the collaboration that we have with the LMPS who have been acting as the pillar of assurance over the years through their visible policing, among other things. Today we are here to demonstrate support towards the institution.
“We decided to direct the money to the PTC because we identified some challenges in that space and chose to offer a helping hand,” Matete said.
Accepting the donation, Police Commissioner Holomo Molibeli expressed gratification on behalf of the police saying, however, that the bank also has to benefit through support from members of the LMPS.
He said the police are faced with a number of challenges that include lack of resources that would allow them to effectively deal with the ever-increasing criminal activities in the country.
“We are happy and would like to appreciate efforts made by the Nedbank team through this assistance because it is going to play a huge role in strengthening the Police Training College during these tough conditions,” Commissioner Molibeli said.
He said the police have lined up programmes that are going to boost the standard of the members where among others, the institution will in the near future collaborate with the University of Portsmouth from the United Kingdom (UK) to ensure success of the programme.
The LMPS recently lost four trainees who were undergoing training at the PTC to Covid-19 related complications.