Cops in trou­ble over famo

Lesotho Times - - News - Pas­cali­nah Kabi

Deputy com­mis­sioner of Po­lice (DCP), Keketso Mon­a­heng, says the famo turf-war which has claimed dozens of lives and left scores of peo­ple in­jured over the years should have been de­clared a state-of-emer­gency “a long time ago”.

the vi­o­lence is spear­headed by Mafeteng-linked famo mu­sic gangs by the names terene and seakhi, which use their songs to in­sult ri­val artists and their fol­low­ers.

the in­sults have re­sulted in killings through­out the coun­try and in some parts of south Africa. Although the cur­rent and pre­vi­ous gov­ern­ment es­tab­lished com­mit­tees to ad­dress the is­sue, the vi­o­lence con­tin­ued lead­ing to loss of lives and the de­struc­tion of prop­erty.

Ad­dress­ing a press con­fer­ence in Maseru this week, DCP Mon­a­heng said declar­ing the vi­o­lence a state of emer­gency would have en­sured the po­lice re­sponded ac­cord­ingly.

DCP Mon­a­heng also re­vealed some po­lice of­fi­cers were fac­ing dis­ci­plinary ac­tion for their al­leged in­volve­ment in the feud­ing which has been rag­ing for more than 10 years.

DCP Mon­a­heng said a spe­cial oper­a­tion which be­gan in April this year to end the dis- pute had re­vealed some of­fi­cers were part of the prob­lem.

“the spe­cial oper­a­tion is leav­ing no stone un­turned and as we speak, there are po­lice of­fi­cers fac­ing dis­ci­plinary ac­tion for their al­leged in­volve­ment in the famo killings,” DCP Mon­a­heng said with­out re­veal­ing the num­ber of of­fi­cers.

He how­ever, said the oper­a­tion has been a suc­cess be­cause since it started, the num­ber of famo-re­lated killings had sig­nif­i­cantly dropped.

“Prior to this oper­a­tion, there were at least 15 famo-re­lated killings on a weekly ba­sis. i am glad to in­form the na­tion that at the mo­ment, there have been two to three killings a week but which our in­ves­ti­ga­tions have re­vealed are not linked to famo,” he said.

DCP Mon­a­heng was again eva­sive about the num­ber of peo­ple ar­rested dur­ing the oper­a­tion, and could only say the sus­pects would have their day in court.

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