Chief beaten to death

Sunday Express - - NEWS - Keiso Mohloboli

Chief ‘Mualle Mohale of Se­monkong ha hla­bathe al­legedly died dur­ing a fight with one of his sub­jects last Sun­day. Ac­cord­ing to Dis­trict Com­mis­sioner of Po­lice Maseru – Ru­ral, Se­nior Su­per­in­ten­dent Mo­fo­keng Kolo, the al­leged as­sailant, Tšepe Mothae (29), im­me­di­ately handed him­self to the po­lice af­ter the 50-year-old area chief col­lapsed dur­ing the bloody duel.

Se­nior Su­per­in­ten­dent Kolo on Thurs­day told the Sun­day Ex­press that Mothae ap­peared in the Maseru Mag­is­trate’s Court two days af­ter the fa­tal in­ci­dent and was re­manded out of cus­tody due to the industrial ac­tion in the pri­son ser­vice which be­gan in De­cem­ber last year over salaries. The sus­pect is ex­pected back in the same court in two weeks’ time, Se­nior Su­per­in­ten­dent Kolo added.

“Po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tions have re­vealed that there was ten­sion be­tween the now-de­ceased and the sus­pect for some time, although the source of the fric­tion is yet to be es­tab­lished. On the day in ques­tion, the two met at around 7pm in Ha Hla­bathe vil­lage, where they both lived, and started fight­ing us­ing tra­di­tional sticks pop­u­larly known as ‘ma­betlela’. Chief Mohale died dur­ing the com­bat and the sus­pect im­me­di­ately handed him­self over to the po­lice,” said Se­nior Su­per­in­ten­dent Kolo.

“The sus­pect ap­peared in the Maseru Mag­is­trate’s Court on Tues­day and was re­manded out of cus­tody be­cause of the on-go­ing go-slow within the Le­sotho Cor­rec­tional Ser­vice. he is ex­pected back in court af­ter two weeks.”

Mean­while, the Min­istry of Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Direc­tor of Chief­tain­ship, ‘Mikia Mo­lapo, on fri­day said he was yet to re­ceive a re­port of Chief Mohale’s death.

“i don’t have such a re­port as yet,” Chief Mo­lapo said. “But if its’ true, then it’s very sad for a chief to be killed by his own sub­ject. I would like to ap­peal to res­i­dents to be pa­tient and lis­ten to the ad­vice of their tra­di­tional lead­ers, in­stead of re­sort­ing to vi­o­lence to set­tle what­ever dis­agree­ments there could be be­tween them.”

Ac­cord­ing to Chief Mo­lapo, ten­sion be­tween tra­di­tional lead­ers and their sub­jects usu­ally arises from dis­agree­ments over the en­force­ment of reg­u­la­tions res­i­dents might not be com­fort­able with.

“But like i said, the case has not been re­ported to my of­fice, so we will have to wait to hear from the rel­e­vant au­thor­i­ties about it,” he said.

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