Taxi boss gunned down

Lesotho Times - - Front Page - Staff Re­porter

PO­LICE are still in­ves­ti­gat­ing the killing of a well-known Mafeteng taxi owner, who was gunned down in cold blood on Satur­day evening.

Mare Nthunya (51) was shot by an un­known gun­man as he drove from a fill­ing sta­tion at around 8pm.

Ac­cord­ing to po­lice spokesper­son Clif­ford Molefe, the pop­u­lar busi­ness­man had just left the gas-sta­tion and was about to en­ter the main road when the gun­man opened fire.

“The now-de­ceased was about to join the main road af­ter re­fill­ing at one of the ser­vice sta­tions in Mafeteng when a gun­man came from nowhere and started shoot­ing at him.

“He died in­stantly, and po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tions into the mat­ter are con­tin­u­ing,” said Su­per­in­ten­dent Molefe.

Of­fi­cer Com­mand­ing Mafeteng, Se­nior Su­per­in­ten­dent Tšeliso Ba­holo, told the Le­sotho Times that Mr Nthunya sus­tained mul­ti­ple gun­shot wounds in the head and up­per body.

“The de­ceased had mul­ti­ple bul­let wounds. Twelve shells from a 9mm pis­tol were found at the scene of crime.

“No ar­rests have been made yet in con­nec­tion with the crime and po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tions are in progress,” said Sen Supt Ba­holo.

Asked if the killing could have been con­nected to the famo mu­sic turf war which has claimed dozens of lives in Mafeteng and other parts of the country, Sup Molefe said it was too early to make a con­clu­sion.

“It is too early to say what the mo­tive was as the po­lice are still do­ing their in­ves­ti­ga­tions,” Sup Molefe said.

The fight­ing be­tween famo mu­sic groups, who of­ten in­sult each other in their songs, has of­ten re­sulted in loss of life.

In some in­stances, in­no­cent peo­ple who have noth­ing to do with the mu­sic or turf war, are caught in cross­fire. The govern­ment has since es­tab­lished a task­force in an ef­fort to end the blood­shed.

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