Bloody end to 2014 for revellers

Lesotho Times - - News - Lim­pho Sello

CEL­E­BRA­TIONS to mark the end of 2014 ended on a bloody note with 31 revellers los­ing their lives across the coun­try to fa­tal stab­bings and gun­shot wounds while 20 rape cases were also re­ported.

Le­sotho Mounted Po­lice Ser­vice ( LMPS) spokesper­son, Se­nior In­spec­tor Le­bona Mohloboli, said in an in­ter­view this week that most of the per­pe­tra­tors of the mur­ders, in the pe­riod 28 De­cem­ber 2014 to 3 Jan­uary 2015, used knives and guns while al­legedly un­der the in­flu­ence of al­co­hol.

Snr Insp Mohloboli added that 14 at­tempted mur­ders were also re­ported across the coun­try. He said most of the crimes were com­mit­ted at public bars while some vic­tims were stabbed or raped on their way to or from the bars.

“Al­co­hol has played a ma­jor role in th­ese mur­ders, rape cases and at­tempted mur­ders as our team found out when they con­ducted their in­ves­ti­ga­tions,” Sr Insp Mohloboli said, adding that the num­ber of fa­tal­i­ties this year are more than those recorded dur­ing the fes­tive pe­riod last year though he did not have last year’s fig­ures. The chal­lenge for us as the LMPS is to en­sure we im­ple­ment new strate­gies to fight crime dur­ing this year’s fes­tive sea­sons.”

Asked on what mea­sures the po­lice has taken to stem the vi­o­lent acts, Snr Insp Mohloboli said: “The po­lice vis­ited public bars to dis­cuss with the own­ers how best we can fight crime to­gether but, un­for­tu­nately, some of them were un­co­op­er­a­tive. This was be­cause when the po­lice ar­rived in some of the bars to as­sess the sit­u­a­tion, some of the own­ers would hide their pa­trons and give a dif­fer­ent story while some were op­er­at­ing for long hours with­out traders li­cences which con­trib­utes to the high crime rate.”

Snr Insp Mohloboli also said that 26 peo­ple were ar­rested across the coun­try dur­ing the fes­tive sea­son for com­mit­ting var­i­ous crimes.

He said the LMPS was also con­duct­ing op­er­a­tions across the coun­try in which they have so far con­fis­cated nine il­le­gal firearms and ar­rested six sus­pects now await­ing trial.

File pic­ture: De­ported Ba­sotho at Maseru Dis­trict im­mi­gra­tion grounds.

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