LCD candidate in vote-buying storm
Police are investigating lesotho congress for Democracy (lcd) candidate for Koro-koro, Tšoanelo Ramakeoana, for possible vote-buying after his campaign team was found with a truck full of maize-meal at the weekend in the constituency and then gave contradictory statements about the consignment.
According to police spokesperson lebona Mohloboli, some residents had raised concern over the conduct of community councillor ‘Maeketsang Molotsi and her relative, whose name was only given as Tšotleho, whom they accused of going “door-to-door” in Ha Mofoka and Ha Tlebere villages donating 12.5 kilogramme bags of maize-meal and urging the villagers to vote for Mr Ramakeoana.
Senior inspector Mohloboli also said when police officers went to intercept the truck, which later turned out to belong to the Maseru city council (Mcc), they found it loaded with IWISA maize-meal, and the two could not account for the load.
“The two were invited to Ha Mofoka Police Station for interrogation, and when officers went to the councillor’s house, they found 276 more bags of the same brand of maizemeal, and 115 more were found at the relative’s residence.
“When they were asked where they got the maize-meal from, they said it been given to them by a chinese businessman who owns a shop in Masianokeng, but the police later found this to be untrue.
“on being told that the chinese had denied the claim, the councillor said they the maize-meal had been taken from a dumpsite in Ha Tšosane,” Mr Mohloboli said.
Senior inspector Mohloboli said after the councillor’s relative had later said he did not know the source of the maize-meal, the police decided to confiscate the whole consignment.
“The police took all the bags and are keeping them while investigations continue. No one has been arrested in connection with this matter as yet, but the fact that the maize-meal had expired and is therefore a health-hazard if con-