Dead­line for land­lords

Lesotho Times - - News - ’Marafaele Mohloboli

QOAL­ING chief, ’Mataelo Mat­soso, has called on land­lords to know their ten­ants to en­sure they are not crim­i­nals and there­fore a dan­ger to the com­mu­nity.

Ad­dress­ing a pub­lic gath­er­ing in Qoal­ing on Sunday, Chief Mat­soso said crime was in­creas­ing at an alarm­ing rate in his area and neigh­bour­ing vil­lages due to ten­ants who don’t have tes­ti­mo­ni­als from their orig­i­nal homes.

Chief Mat­soso, who was in the com­pany of chiefs from neigh­bor­ing vil­lages of Be­sele, Ha Se­oli and Thamae, said they were ex­pect­ing ev­ery land­lord to give them the names and tes­ti­mo­ni­als of their ten­ants by the end of next month. Fail­ure to com­ply would re­sult in the rental apart­ments be­ing closed and the ten­ants evicted, she warned.

“We have been le­nient and let you har­bor crim­i­nals in your houses and it’s time this comes to an end,” said Chief Mat­soso.

“We are fac­ing an in­crease in crime rang­ing from possession of il­le­gal firearms, baby-dump­ing, mur­der, house­break­ing and rape.

“We can’t go on liv­ing like this; enough is enough. We have de­cided to do this on our own be­cause we can’t wait for the au­thor­i­ties to put our houses in or­der when our peo­ple are dy­ing ev­ery day.

“We have en­dan­gered the lives of our loved ones for way too long hop­ing that peo­ple will come to their senses and be law-abid­ing cit­i­zens.

“Fail­ure to file such in­for­ma­tion by 30 June will re­sult in such apart­ments be­ing closed and the ten­ants re­moved un­til the own­ers have com­plied with our de­mand.”

This move, she added, needs the co­op­er­a­tion of ev­ery res­i­dent to en­sure crime is erad­i­cated from com­mu­ni­ties.

“Un­less we work to­gether, crime is go- ing to af­fect us all one way or the other.

“You hire out your apart­ments to peo­ple you hardly know. Dur­ing the day, they sleep and at night, they go out and break into other peo­ple’s homes. You have to know who you have rented your apart­ment to.”

She also said chiefs were equally to blame as they write ref­er­ence let­ters for peo­ple they don’t even know.

Maseru Dis­trict Po­lice Com­mis­sioner Se­nior-su­per­in­ten­dent Mot­latsi Map­ola, who at­tended the meet­ing, said the po­lice were on a cam­paign to erad­i­cate crime.

“Crime af­fects the coun­try’s econ­omy as the en­vi­ron­ment would not be in­vestor-friendly hence this cam­paign,” he said.

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