LCD can­di­date in vote-buy­ing storm

Lesotho Times - - News - Keiso Mohloboli

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-

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