Matekane home burgled

Lesotho Times - - Front Page - Keiso Mohloboli

MINISTRYMINI of Po­lice Prin­ci­pal Sec­re­tary Re­filoe Matekane’s Maseru West gov­ern­ment res­i­denceresid was on Sun­day bro­ken into and wrecked­wreck by un­known as­sailants, the Le­sotho Ti­mes­Time heard this week. Th The break-in oc­curred four days af­ter the with with­drawal of Mr Matekane and Gov­ernme ment Sec­re­tary Moahloli Mphaka’s Le­soth tho Mounted Po­lice Ser­vice se­cu­rity by A Act­ing Po­lice Com­mis­sioner Keketso Mon­a­heng who had found the around-the­clock pro­tec­tion “un­nec­es­sary”.

Mr Matekane was granted the se­cu­rity soon af­ter the Le­sotho De­fence Force (LDF) si­mul­ta­ne­ously at­tacked Po­lice Head­quar­ters, Maseru Cen­tral Charge Of­fice and Mabote Po­lice Sta­tion on 30 Au­gust 2014, in what then Prime Min- is­ter Thomas Tha­bane de­scribed as an at­tempted coup.

Speak­ing to the Le­sotho Times on Tues­day, Deputy Com­mis­sioner of Po­lice — Crime In­ves­ti­ga­tion Ser­vices Holomo Moli­beli con­firmed the break-in say­ing: “I went to the crime scene with my col­leagues yes­ter­day and, upon my ar­rival re­alised a bro­ken pad­lock at the gate and smashed tim­ber pil­lars used for fenc­ing.

“There are still some foot­prints from the gate to the front door and the front door was also bro­ken. The fur­ni­ture was also dam­aged, clothes strewn on the floor from the wardrobes and all the rooms in dis­ar­ray.”

He said that since the po­lice did not have an in­ven­tory of Mr Matekane’s pos­ses­sions in the house, they were un­able to as­cer­tain if any­thing was stolen dur­ing the break-in, adding that no ar­rests had yet been made

“In­ves­ti­ga­tions are still on-go­ing and peo­ple will be in­formed of the out­come im­me­di­ately when they are com­plete,” Deputy Com­mis­sioner Moli­beli said.

Con­tacted for com­ment on Tues­day, Mr Matekane con­firmed the break-in but said he was still com­ing to terms with the in­ci­dent.

“I think the break-in hap­pened on Sun­day and I was very shocked when I ar­rived home to re­alise that my fur­ni­ture and ev­ery­thing else was dis­placed,” said Mr Matekane.

“My mat­tress was torn and dam­aged, the ceil­ing exit opened, the front door lock dam­aged and some of my clothes torn and thrown all over my bed­room.

“I re­ported the in­ci­dent to the po­lice and have since re­alised that my safety is still at risk while I await po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tions to be com­pleted. In the mean­time, I will hire pri­vate se­cu­rity.”

Min­istry of Po­lice Prin­ci­pal sec­re­tary Re­filoe Matekane.

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