Blood­shed mars fes­tive sea­son

Lesotho Times - - News - ’Man­toetse Maama

Twenty-seven peo­ple died when their cars crashed along the coun­try’s roads be­tween 20 and 25 De­cem­ber, po­lice spokesper­son Le­bona Mohloboli said this week.

In ad­di­tion, 322 ve­hi­cles were se­verely dam­aged dur­ing the pe­riod in ques­tion, with se­nior In­spec­tor Mohloboli call­ing the high­way may­hem one of the worst in Le­sotho’s his­tory.

Ac­cord­ing to the po­lice spokesper­son, 29 peo­ple were also mur­dered dur­ing this pe­riod, six of them the re­sult of do­mes­tic dis­putes.

“The statis­tics we have col­lected so far cover the pe­riod 20-25 De­cem­ber, and they paint a very gloomy pic­ture in­deed,” se­nior In­spec­tor Mohloboli said on Tues­day. There were 27 fa­tal­i­ties through road ac­ci­dents dur­ing this pe­riod, while 64 peo­ple were se­ri­ously in­jured on our roads through­out the coun­try, also be­tween 20 and 25 De­cem­ber.

“A to­tal of 322 ve­hi­cles were de­stroyed in those ac­ci­dents, and the crashes were caused by ex­ces­sive speed, which re­sulted in mis­judge­ment by the driv­ers. Drink­ing and driv­ing was an­other is­sue which con­trib­uted to this high num­ber of road ac­ci­dents,” se­nior In­spec­tor Mohloboli said, adding Maseru had the high­est num­ber of crashes at 132.

se­nior In­spec­tor Mohloboli also ex­pressed con­cern at the “alarm­ing” mur­ders which also took place from 20-25 De­cem­ber.

“Twelve of th­ese deaths were the re­sult of stab­bings in public bars. Un­for­tu­nately, th­ese in­ci­dents oc­curred in the early hours of the morn­ing when most of the bars should have closed a long time ago.

“so th­ese op­er­a­tors are break­ing the law by open­ing their busi­nesses out­side the per­mit­ted times, and the un­for­tu­nate re­sult of this is loss of lives.”

In ad­di­tion, se­nior In­spec­tor Mohloboli said six men were also ac­cused of killing their spouses dur­ing the pe­riod in ques­tion.

“we also have some un­for­tu­nate cases where six men al­legedly killed their part­ners. still, some of the killings took place at public bars when th­ese drink­ing places should have closed for busi­ness.”

se­nior In­spec­tor Mohloboli also noted there were 19 cases of house­break­ing, two of armed rob­bery, and 23 sex­ual of­fences which were also re­ported dur­ing the days in ques­tion.

“Th­ese are dis­turb­ing statis­tics, which clearly in­di­cate that crime is in­creas­ing in our com­mu­ni­ties. This shows we need to come up with new strate­gies, as the po­lice, to fight crime if we are to bring th­ese fig­ures down.”

The po­lice also con­fis­cated 12 un­li­cenced firearms dur­ing this pe­riod.

“seven peo­ple were ar­rested in con­nec­tion with the il­le­gal firearms. six of them were con­victed, while in­ves­ti­ga­tions on the other sus­pect, are con­tin­u­ing.”

Po­lice spokesper­son se­nior in­spec­tor le­bona Mohloboli.

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