Moleleki de­nies as­sas­si­na­tion claims

Lesotho Times - - News -

Po­lice and Pub­lic Safety Min­is­ter Monyane Moleleki has de­nied “ru­mours” that there was an at­tempt on his life two weeks ago re­sult­ing in one of his body­guards be­ing shot in the chest and stom­ach.

Spec­u­la­tion has been rife that un­known as­sailants tried to as­sas­si­nate Mr Moleleki in Qeme on the out­skirts of Maseru, but were re­pelled by his body­guards.

But the min­is­ter dis­missed the spec­u­la­tion yes­ter­day and told the Le­sotho Times he only tried to help the in­jured man af­ter find­ing him crit­i­cally in­jured at a lo­cal hos­pi­tal.

“i can’t re­mem­ber the ex­act date but it was two weeks ago when i was with my body­guards at around 6 or 7 pm. We were us­ing two cars and i was driv­ing the ve­hi­cle lead­ing the way to Ha Teko in Qeme.

“When we were in Matukeng head­ing to Ha Teko, there was a trac­tor pulling a trailer in front of the ve­hi­cle that was just ahead of us.

“The trac­tor and trailer didn’t have lights and the ve­hi­cle be­fore me hit the trac­tor, re­sult­ing in a hor­ri­ble, hor­ri­ble ac­ci­dent.

“We were the clos­est peo­ple around so we at­tended the scene. We pulled out all the peo­ple who were trapped in that car and took them to Likotsi fil­ter clinic but it was closed. We then rushed to Maseru Pri­vate Hos­pi­tal where they were at­tended to,” Mr Moleleki said.

it was at the hos­pi­tal that he met the man who had been shot and crit­i­cally in­jured, the min­is­ter said.

“The man had been shot in the chest and was bleed­ing heav­ily. When the in­jured man saw me get­ting into the emer­gency room, he started shout­ing my name, ask­ing me to help him.

“I went closer to find out what was hap­pen­ing and his wife in­tro­duced her­self and gave me the story of what had hap­pened to the guy, which i can’t tell you for se­cu­rity rea­sons.

“The doctors told me the man needed an op­er­a­tion which could only be done at Queen ‘Mamo­hato Memo­rial Hos­pi­tal. i re­quested for the nec­es­sary re­fer­ral doc­u­ments and vol­un­teered to take him to the hos­pi­tal.

“on the way to Tše­pong, the man told me he didn’t go to that hos­pi­tal straight be­cause he feared his as­sailants might come and fin­ish him off there.

“He said he was ter­ri­fied and feared for his life. As the Min­is­ter of Po­lice and Pub­lic Safety, i de­cided to ask the po­lice to give him se­cu­rity, which they did.

“When we got to the hos­pi­tal, i was lit­er­ally giv­ing the man sup­port and helped him walk to the emer­gency room and i had blood all over.

“i think peo­ple thought i was also in­jured while in ac­tual fact i was not.

“i made fol­low-ups on the man and i think that’s why there are these claims that the man was one of my body­guards, and that there was an at­tempt on my life, which is not true.

“The guy is still fight­ing for his life in hos­pi­tal and is still pro­tected by the po­lice but he was not my body­guard be­cause if he was, he would have been taken to Makoanyane Mil­i­tary Hos­pi­tal be­cause they are mem­bers of the le­sotho De­fence Force,” Mr Moleleki said.

Keiso Mohloboli

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