MP’S son fin­gered in mur­der case

Lesotho Times - - Front Page - ’Marafaele Mohloboli

A SON of a Lithoteng con­stituency Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment (MP) Lehlo­honolo Mo­ramotse is now a per­son of in­ter­est in the mur­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion of the lat­ter’s daugh­ter-in-law.

Ac­cord­ing to Maseru Ur­ban Dis­trict Com­mis­sioner, Se­nior Su­per­in­ten­dent Mot­latsi Map­ola, Thabo Mo­ramotse was called for ques­tion­ing over the 22 June 2016 killing of Martha Kota-mo­ramotse (23).

Ms Kota-mo­ramotse was fa­tally shot while driv­ing into the leg­is­la­tor’s Ha Se­oli res­i­dence at around 8pm. Fol­low­ing the mur­der, the el­der Mr Mo­ramotse said he be­lieved he was the tar­get of the at­tack be­cause his daugh­ter-in-law was driv­ing his car.

Last week po­lice ar­rested a sus­pect, Pako Sekho­nyana (28) from Ma­site Rothe in Ha Mokaoli, with Snr Supt Map­ola say­ing they were look­ing for three more sus­pects in con­nec­tion with the crime.

On 18 Au­gust, Mr Sekho­nyana briefly ap­peared in the Mag­is­trate’s Court charged with fa­tally shoot­ing Ms Kota-mo­ramotse on the right breast. He was re­manded in cus­tody and will ap­pear again be­fore the court on 1 Septem­ber.

How­ever, the Maseru Ur­ban Dis­trict Com­mis­sioner this week told the Le­sotho Times Thabo was called for ques­tion­ing in con­nec­tion with the mur­der case.

“Yes, he was called to Lithoteng po­lice sta­tion for ques­tion­ing as part of on­go­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tions. He is a per­son of in­ter­est in solv­ing this mur­der case, and the in­ves­ti­ga­tions are at an ad­vanced stage,” said Snr Supt Map­ola.

“He was called to Lithoteng po­lice sta­tion on the ba­sis of the cir­cum­stances sur­round­ing this mur­der, and his ev­i­dence gave po­lice more in­for­ma­tion to dig deeper into the in­ves­ti­ga­tion.”

Sources privy to the mat­ter told the Le­sotho Times Mr Sekho­nyana had im­pli­cated Thabo in the mur­der dur­ing his con­fes­sion. The sources fur­ther al­leged Thabo also made a con­fes­sion, but it had not been at­tached to the docket.

“Both sus­pects (Mr Sekho­nyana and Thabo) made their confessions be­fore a mag­is­trate,” said the source.

“I have since learnt both confessions were not at­tached to the docket as SSP Map­ola took them for rea­sons known to him, which is quite funny be­cause a con­fes­sion forms part of the ev­i­dence at­tached in the docket.”

Added the source: “Pro­ce­du­rally, the mag­is­trate who han­dled the con­fes­sion would pos­sess one copy, while the other is sup­posed to be at­tached in the docket. Be­sides, once both men have made such confessions, they ought to have been both re­manded in cus­tody, which is not the case.”

How­ever, Snr Supt Map­ola dis­missed the al­le­ga­tion of the confessions, say­ing: “What is your in­ter­est in these confessions? No confessions were ever made, and I have even called the sta­tion com­man­der at Lithoteng Po­lice Sta­tion to ask about these confessions you are talk­ing about. She told me there were no confessions an­nexed to the dock­ets be­cause no confessions were ever made.”

How­ever, a source from the Mag­is­trate’s Court, who re­quested anonymity for fear of vic­tim­iza­tion, told the Le­sotho Times the confessions were made.

“Yes, the confessions you are re­fer­ring to were made,” the source said.

Con­tacted for com­ment, po­lice spokesper­son Supt Clif­ford Molefe said Thabo was still help­ing po­lice with in­ves­ti­ga­tions.

“He hasn’t ap­peared be­fore any court as he is still help­ing po­lice with their in­ves­ti­ga­tions,” said Supt Clif­ford Molefe.

Ef­forts to get in touch with Mr Mo­ramotse were fruit­less at the time of go­ing to print.

Maseru ur­ban Dis­trict Com­mis­sioner se­nior su­per­in­ten­dent Mot­latsi Map­ola.

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