Army to look af­ter slain guard’s son

Lesotho Times - - Front Page - Le­tuka Chafotsa

The Le­sotho De­fence Force (LDF) has pledged to look af­ter the nine-year-old son of slain pri­vate se­cu­rity guard Mohau Qo­bete.

Mr Qo­bete was caught in cross­fire dur­ing a shootout be­tween Le­sotho De­fence Force (LDF) mem­bers early this month, while on duty at the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion of­fices in Maseru.

A fam­ily mem­ber, Reentseng Qo­bete, yes­ter­day told the Le­sotho Times that in ad­di­tion to look­ing af­ter the boy, the LDF would also foot the burial ex­penses of the late M & A Se­cu­rity em­ployee.mr Qo­bete told the Le­sotho Times: “Mem­bers of the LDF were here to­day, and promised to help our fam­ily with burial ex­penses.“the army has al­ready bought some food for the peo­ple who are go­ing to be pre­par­ing for the fu­neral, which is go­ing to be held on 22 Fe­bru­ary.“in ad­di­tion, the LDF has pledged to look af­ter Mohau’s nineyear-old son, for which we are equally grate­ful as the boy’s mother is also late.”

how­ever, Mr Qo­bete said the fam­ily’s next move would not be in­flu­enced by the army’s ges­ture. “We ap­pre­ci­ate the army’s good­will and also the fact that we are not be­ing in­tim­i­dated from tak­ing what­ever ac­tion we deem ap­pro­pri­ate against those who killed our son.“we are now look­ing at bury­ing him and then sit down as a fam­ily to plan the way for­ward,” Mr Qo­bete said.mr Qo­bete fur­ther said the au­topsy re­sults had de­tailed how their son died.

“The post-mortem has re­vealed that our son couldn’t have sur­vived the shoot­ing; he had eight bul­let-wounds at the back, one on the left leg, two on the right, two on the shoul­der, and his toe was also wounded. There was no way he could have sur­vived,” Mr Qo­bete said.

Mean­while, the Le­sotho Times could not in­de­pen­dently ver­ify Mr Qo­bete’s state­ment as LDF spokesper­son Ma­jor Ntlele Ntoi was not im­me­di­ately avail­able for com­ment.

On the other hand, the po­lice would not com­ment on the is­sue and also if there had been any progress re­gard­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tions into the shoot­ing which took place just out­side the King’s Palace on 1 Fe­bru­ary.

Three sol­diers were in­jured in the shoot­ing which the LDF said started when a car car­ry­ing two of the wounded sol­diers failed to stop at a check­point mounted to reg­u­late traf­fic pass­ing through the South­ern African Devel­op­ment Com­mu­nity Mission Of­fices.

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