Man shot dead in Se­monkong

Lesotho Times - - News - Pas­cali­nah Kabi

A Se­monkong man was shot dead yes­ter­day morn­ing fol­low­ing a long term dis­pute over land.

The man, be­lieved to be in his fifties, was said to have been trav­el­ling on horse­back to Se­monkong Lo­cal Court when he met his un­timely death.

Se­monkong Po­lice Sta­tion com­man­der Sub-in­spec­tor Hlale­fang Mat­soso con­firmed the killing.

“I can con­firm that a man was al­legedly shot this morn­ing but at the mo­ment I don’t have full de­tails con­cern­ing the sus­pected mur­der,” Sub-in­spec­tor Mat­soso told the Le­sotho Times.

How­ever, sources from Ha Thabo in Se­monkong said the de­ceased and an­other man (whose name is known to this pub­lica- tion) were sup­posed to at­tend a court ses­sion for de­liv­ery of judge­ment over a land dis­pute.

“The disease had dragged an­other man to the lo­cal gov­ern­ment af­ter he broke into the chief­taincy yard, graz­ing his an­i­mals with­out per­mis­sion,” the source said, adding that the man had over the years com­plained that the chief­taincy land was too big.

The source fur­ther al­leged that the man who the de­ceased had dragged to court suggested that the chief­taincy had force­fully taken their land, hence the big yard.

He said the man was tak­ing ad­van­tage of the fact that cur­rent chief, Th­e­sele Lerotholi was only brought to Se­monkong in his adult life when the right­ful chief died many years ago.

The right­ful chief did not have male chil­dren and the fam­ily ap­pointed the Mokhot­long born chief Lerotholi to the po­si­tion as the chief­taincy should not be per­ma­nently un­oc­cu­pied.

The source said the Lerotholi fam­ily re­ported the land dis­pute to the po­lice and the Pha­mong prin­ci­pal chief who even­tu­ally went to Se­monkong for new land de­mar­ca­tions.

“But that did not help, in­stead it fu­eled the anger of the man who con­stantly picked quar­rels with the de­ceased.”

The source said the body of the de­ceased was found in a gully early in the morn­ing.

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