Po­lice make break­through ar­rest

Lesotho Times - - News - ’Marafaele Mohloboli

PO­LICE say they have made a break­through in a case in which the daugh­ter-in-law of Lithoteng con­stituency MP Lehlo­honolo Mo­ramotse was fa­tally shot on 22 June 2016, with a sus­pect in cus­tody.

Martha Kota-mo­ramotse (23) was shot dead as she drove into Mr Mo­ramotse’s Ha Se­oli res­i­dence at around 8pm. Fol­low­ing the mur­der, Mr Mo­ramotse said he be­lieved he was the tar­get of the at­tack be­cause his daugh­ter-in­law was driv­ing his car.

Maseru Ur­ban Dis­trict Po­lice Com­mis­sioner, Se­nior Su­per­in­ten­dent Mot­latsi Map­ola, told the Le­sotho Times yes­ter­day they were look­ing for three more sus­pects in con­nec­tion with the crime.

“We have ar­rested one sus­pect and look­ing for three more in con­nec­tion with the crime. We are very happy for this break­through which we wouldn’t have made were it not for the pub­lic’s cor­po­ra­tion,” he said.

Se­nior Sup Mot­latsi Map­ola said po­lice were aware of the pub­lic’s con­cerns about the slow pace of in­ves­ti­ga­tions, adding col­lab­o­ra­tion was crit­i­cal in nip­ping crim­i­nal acts in the bud.

“As long as we work hand in hand with the pub­lic, I be­lieve we will even­tu­ally get there.”

Po­lice have taken a lot of flak for the many un­re­solved mur­ders and shoot­ings in the coun­try, with a re­cent ex­am­ple be­ing the shoot­ing of Le­sotho Times and Sun­day Ex­press edi­tor Lloyd Mu­tungamiri on 10 July 2016 at his home as he was re­turn­ing from work. So far, no one has been ar­rested in con­nec­tion with the shoot­ing.

Ad­dress­ing mourn­ers dur­ing Ms Kota-mo­ramotse’s fu­neral on 9 July, Thaba-bo­siu Prin­ci­pal Chief Sen­a­tor Khoa­bane Theko ex­pressed dis­ap­point­ment with the po­lice’s in­ves­ti­ga­tions tech­niques.

“Our po­lice are not de­liv­er­ing as ex­pected and one be­gins to ques­tion their in­tegrity as they have even failed to pro­vide the ag­grieved fam­ily with security to en­sure their safety,” he said.

Com­ment­ing on the po­lice break­through yes­ter­day, Chief Theko said it was a pos­i­tive devel­op­ment but a mere “drop in the ocean”.

“That is good news, but it is still not enough be­cause that case is just a drop in the ocean. So many killings have hap­pened and re­main un­re­solved. We are happy for the Mo­ramotse fam­ily and hope jus­tice will be served,” he said.

“Of course, there re­mains a dif­fer­ence be­tween ar­rest and con­vic­tion, and we are hope­ful the cul­prits will be brought to book.”

Maseru ur­ban Dis­trict Po­lice Com­mis­sioner se­nior su­per­in­ten­dent Mot­latsi Map­ola.

Thaba-bo­siu Prin­ci­pal Chief sen­a­tor Khoa­bane Theko.

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