Miss­ing cop’s fa­ther dis­putes po­lice claims

Lesotho Times - - News - ‘Marafaele Mohloboli

THE fa­ther of miss­ing Po­lice Con­sta­ble (PC) Mokalekale Khetheng on Mon­day filed a re­ply­ing af­fi­davit to re­spon­dents in his High Court ap­pli­ca­tion to com­pel his bosses to re­lease him dead or alive.

PC Khetheng was sta­tioned in Mokhot­long and last seen be­ing ar­rested by his col­leagues at a feast in Se­both­oane, Leribe on 25 March this year ac­cord­ing to pa­pers filed by his fa­ther — Thabo Khetheng.

Mr Khetheng’s af­fi­davit was in re­ply to Of­fi­cer Com­mand­ing Hlotse Po­lice Sta­tion Su­per­in­ten­dent Thabo Tšukulu’s op­pos­ing af­fi­davit to the for­mer’s habeas cor­pus ap­pli­ca­tion.

In the op­pos­ing af­fi­davit, Supt Tšukulu al­leges PC Khetheng ab­sconded from duty from 11 March and never re­ported back to work.

He also accuses Mr Khetheng of de­lib­er­ately omit­ting this “in­for­ma­tion” in his ap­pli­ca­tion say­ing it would be a clear in­di­ca­tion he did not have in­ti­mate knowl­edge of his son’s move­ments and where­abouts.

How­ever, in his re­ply­ing af­fi­davit, Mr Khetheng de­nies his son was no longer in the em­ploy of the po­lice.

“I deny that my son was dis­missed from Le­sotho Mounted Po­lice Ser­vice. I fur­ther deny that the de­po­nent (Supt Tšukulu) has de­posed to full facts that he has knowl­edge of as shall be demon­strated here­un­der,” states Mr Khetheng.

“I deny that I have mis-joined any­body in these pro­ceed­ings in as much as that is­sue is not tak­ing this mat­ter any­where even if it can be up­held.”

He also claims there were wit­nesses who were “fear­ful” to come forth for their safety, adding “I will com­pel them by sub­poena to ap­pear be­fore court and tes­tify as to their knowl­edge”.

Mr Khetheng also de­nies know­ing any­thing about PC Khetheng’s al­leged ab­scond­ing.

“I deny that I had knowl­edge of my son ab­scond­ing from duty. I have not con­cealed any facts in the cir­cum­stances . . .”

In the op­pos­ing af­fi­davit, Supt Tšukulu al­leges PC Khetheng was im­pli­cated in the burn­ing of Of­fi­cer Com­mand­ing Mokhot­long Po­lice Snr Supt Makara’s house and an­other at­tempt to burn Supt Mafa­u­fau’s house.

He fur­ther al­leges the in­ves­ti­ga­tions re­vealed PC Khetheng bought petrol from a ser­vice sta­tion in a con­tainer shortly be­fore the acts of ar­son were com­mit­ted, adding there was a smell of petrol in the house that was burnt “clearly show­ing” that it had been used in the com­mis­sion of the crime.

How­ever, Mr Khetheng states in the re­ply­ing af­fi­davit he only heard about the ar­son mat­ter in Mokhot­long: “I have no knowl­edge of what the in­ves­ti­ga­tions re­vealed since I have not been favoured with the copy of the docket.”

Mr Khetheng, how­ever, ad­mits knowl­edge of his son be­ing charged.

“I ad­mit that my son was charged. It is not unusual to have a sus­pect where crime has been com­mit­ted much as it had not been proved that it was my son who caused the ar­son.”

He also dis­putes Supt Tšukulu’s as­ser­tion PC Khetheng left Hlotse Charge Of­fice on his own on 26 March.

“The po­lice know about his where­abouts or where they are keep­ing him. I re­it­er­ate my found­ing af­fi­davit. It is clear that the po­lice know about the dis­ap­pear­ance of my son,” as­serts Mr Khetheng.

Com­mis­sioner of Po­lice Mo­lahlehi Let­soepa, Of­fi­cer Com­mand­ing Hlotse Po­lice Sta­tion Su­per­in­ten­dent Thabo Tšukulu, Min­is­ter of Po­lice Monyane Moleleki, Min­is­ter of De­fence Tšeliso Mokhosi, Com­man­der Le­sotho De­fence Force Lieu­tenant-gen­eral Tlali Kamoli, Di­rec­tor-gen­eral Na­tional Se­cu­rity Ser­vice, Prime Min­is­ter Pakalitha Mo­sisili and At­tor­ney-gen­eral Tšokolo Makhethe are cited as first to eighth re­spon­dents re­spec­tively in the mat­ter.

Po­lice con­sta­ble Mokalekale Khetheng.

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