Slain guard was only bread­win­ner in a fam­ily of nine

. . . The late Mohau Qo­bete’s post-mortem re­sults to be re­leased to­mor­row

Lesotho Times - - News - Le­tuka Chafotsa

THE post-mortem re­sults of slain M & A Se­cu­rity guard, Mohau Qo­bete (37), are ex­pected to be re­leased to­mor­row.

Mr Qo­bete of Likhoele ha Qo­bete in Mafeteng was shot dead un­der un­clear cir­cum­stances on Sun­day af­ter­noon while on duty at the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion and Train­ing head-of­fice in Maseru.

The Le­sotho De­fence Force (LDF) has since is­sued a state­ment al­leg­ing Mr Qo­bete was caught in cross­fire dur­ing a shootout be­tween its mem­bers.

How­ever, ac­cord­ing to the owner of M&A Se­cu­rity, Amelia Tšekelo, the post-mortem re­sults could shed more light on what re­ally hap­pened to her em­ployee, whom she de­scribed as ex­tremely re­li­able and ded­i­cated to his work.

Ms Tšekelo, who also told the Le­sotho Times that Mr Qo­bete was the sole bread­win­ner in a fam­ily of nine, said she had been so dis­traught af­ter be­ing told of the fa­tal shoot­ing.

“I was numb; my whole world just went blank when I heard the tragic news. I didn’t know where to start,” Ms Tšekelo said on Tues­day.

“In-fact, I have been so de­pressed since the shoot­ing, and am find­ing it dif­fi­cult to do any­thing.

“I wanted to just shut the com­pany down and go home, but then I re­mem­bered that each of the 540 em­ploy­ees of M&A Se­cu­rity has more peo­ple be­hind him or her to sup­port.

“What re­ally drove me crazy was know­ing that he died while on duty. And to make mat­ters worse, we were de­nied ac­cess to where he had been killed by the sol­diers.

“We were only able to ac­cess the area he died in yes­ter­day (Mon­day) and only to­day, were we able to fully brief his fam­ily about what hap­pened to their son.

“It is a very painful sit­u­a­tion; I don’t know where to go for help be­cause if peo­ple like sol­diers who are sup­posed to pro­vide us with se­cu­rity can do such a thing, where else can we seek pro­tec­tion?”

Ac­cord­ing to Ms Tšekelo, there had never been such a tragedy at M&A Se- cu­rity since the com­pany was formed 15 years ago.

“The late Mr Mohau Qo­bete was 37 years of age and was fa­ther to one child, who is about nine years old. How­ever, he was sup­port­ing the whole Qo­bete fam­ily back home in his vil­lage in Likhoele,” Ms Tšekelo said.

“He had been with us for seven years, and was one of the most loyal em­ploy­ees we had, and he is go­ing to be solely missed.

“Hope­fully, we will able to learn more about what hap­pened to him when his post-mortem re­sults are re­leased on Fri­day.

“This is so hard on us be­cause such a tragedy had never hap­pened at M&A Se­cu­rity since its launch 15 years ago.”

Mean­while, po­lice spokesper­son Le­bona Mohloboli on Tues­day said the po­lice were not go­ing to in­volve them­selves with what hap­pened among the sol­diers.

“What we are only in­ter­ested in find­ing out is who fired the fa­tal shot or shots, and we will then take the nec­es­sary legal mea­sures against the killer or killers,” Se­nior In­spec­tor Mohloboli said.

OWNER and Manager of M & A Se­cu­rity Amelia Tšekelo

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