M1mil­lion stolen from min­istry of­fice

Lesotho Times - - News - Lekhetho Nt­sukun­yane

THE Min­istry of Forestry and Land Recla­ma­tion was robbed of over M1mil­lion on Mon­day this week.

The money had been left in a safe in one of the min­istry’s of­fices, and was meant for the Maseru ur­ban land-recla­ma­tion project.

It was not im­me­di­ately clear why such a large amount of money was be­ing kept in an of­fice and had not been de­posited into a bank.

Forestry and Land Recla­ma­tion Min­is­ter Kabelo Ma­fura yes­ter­day con­firmed the theft in an in­ter­view with the Le­sotho Times.

“It hap­pened in the early hours of Tues­day. At the mo­ment, I can only tell you that the miss­ing money is over M1mil­lion, and that it was be­ing kept in the min­istry for Maseru ur­ban soil-con­ser­va­tion projects,” Mr Ma­fura said.

How­ever, the min­is­ter said he could not say more be­cause in­ves­ti­ga­tions were in progress.

“I can’t say more about this case be­cause it is now un­der po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

“Re­veal­ing more de­tails might alert the sus­pects be­cause who­ever they are, they might want to hear how much we know about the in­ci­dent and use the in­for­ma­tion to their ad­van­tage,” Mr Ma­fura added.

Po­lice spokesper­son Clif­ford Molefe also con­firmed the rob­bery and said in­ves­ti­ga­tions were in progress.

“The in­for­ma­tion we re­ceived from the min­istry was that over M1 mil­lion was stolen yes­ter­day morn­ing. We were also made to un­der­stand that a pri­vate guard pro­tect­ing the premises was found tied-up.

“The sus­pects are still at large and po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tions into the case are con­tin­u­ing,” Se­nior In­spec­tor Molefe said.

Asked what the guard had said hap­pened, Se­nior In­spec­tor Molefe said: “We are told the sus­pects were armed and the in­ci­dent hap­pened in the early hours of Tues­day.”

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