Ty­coon de­fi­ant af­ter raid

Lesotho Times - - Front Page - ’Marafaele Mohloboli

PROM­I­NENT busi­ness­woman and pas­tor ’Ma­posholi Leo­nia Mosotho-ane has lashed out at the po­lice for send­ing heav­ily armed mem­bers of

the Spe­cial Sup­port Unit (SSU) to raid her home on Tues­day morn­ing.

The Le­sotho Times crew vis­ited Ms Mosothoane’s home in Litha­ba­neng on the same day and ob­served more than 20 heav­ily armed po­lice from the SSU sta­tioned around her house

and along the Main South route. The free flow of traf­fic was also dis­turbed by cu­ri­ous on­look­ers.

Peo­ple were barred from en­ter­ing the house and those who had smart phones and cam­eras were told to delete the footage. At some point,

pep­per spray was used to dis­perse to crowds.

Ms Mosothoane said her house was turned up­side down in the search for guns and uni­forms. Her tightly se­cured store room was forced open with a grinder and ex­tra

man­power was brought in to un­load the con­tainer which was packed with floor tiles and other build­ing ma­te­rial.

Sam­ples of po­lice and army uni­forms were con­fis­cated but no guns were found.

An irate Ms Mosothoane told this pub­li­ca­tion the raid came af­ter she had protested to the Deputy Prin­ci­pal Sec­re­tary (DPS) of po­lice over what she be­lieved to be ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties in the award­ing of a ten­der to sup­ply po­lice uni­form in which she lost.

“I con­fronted the DPS and told him that they had awarded the ten­der to politi­cians. I’m now per­ceived as an en­emy and got raided all be­cause I stated that this is cor­rup­tion.

“I have been pro­vid­ing po­lice with uni­forms for the past 12 years, where were th­ese peo­ple (who won the ten­der) all th­ese years?” Ms Mosothoane asked rhetor­i­cally.

“The DPS told me that they had al­ready awarded the ten­der through se­lec­tive ten­der­ing. He even threat­ened me, ac­cus­ing me of mak­ing se­ri­ous al­le­ga­tions that could land me in court. This was af­ter I told him that the ten­der had been il­le­gally awarded to politi­cians. He told me to re­tract my state­ment if I didn’t want any trou­ble,” Ms Mosothoane said.

She claimed the ten­der was won by peo­ple who had no li­cence and tax clear­ance cer­tifi­cates “and there­fore did not qual­ify.”

“When they re­alised that their peo­ple did not qual­ify, they de­cided to close the ten­der bid on the day of sub­mis­sion. They promised to con­tact us but never did so.”

Mosothoane has sup­plied uni­forms to the po­lice, army and Cor­rec­tional Ser­vices since 2004. She was the Chair­per­son of Boliba Sav­ings and Credit from 2007-2013 and also chair­per­son of the Pri­vate Sec­tor Foun­da­tion of Le­sotho in 2012. She was or­dained as a pas­tor of Sanc­tu­ary Sal­va­tion in Novem­ber 2015.

MS Mosothoane with some of the mer­chan­dise.

SPE­CIAL Sup­port Unit of­fi­cers ran­sack ’Ma­posholi Mosothoane’s be­long­ings yes­ter­day.

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