Famo war claims more lives

Lesotho Times - - Front Page - Pas­cali­nah Kabi

The po­lice are look­ing for men who al­legedly gunned down two Mafeteng vil­lagers on Box­ing Day.

The vic­tims, a woman aged 53 and a 30-year-old male were both from ha Salai vil­lage.

The po­lice be­lieve their shoot­ing was re­lated to the famo mu­sic turfwar which has been rag­ing in the district over re­cent years.

The vi­o­lence over brag­ging rights by var­i­ous famo artists be­long­ing to Mafeteng-based Terene and Seakhi groups has claimed dozens of lives coun­try­wide and de­spite in­ter­ven­tions by govern­ment, the blood­shed is not abat­ing.

Po­lice spokesper­son Clifford Molefe said the killings were “wor­ry­ing” and needed to stop.

“A woman aged 53 and a man aged 30 years, both from ha Salai in Mafeteng, were killed on 26 De­cem­ber when un­known men armed with guns and knives, at­tacked the vil­lage,” Se­nior In­spec­tor Molefe said.

“The po­lice sus­pect the killings were re­lated to blan­kets as­so­ci­ated with famo gangs orig­i­nat­ing in Mafeteng, and could have been the re­sult of the heavy pres­ence in the area, of Ba­sotho work­ing in South Africa.

“Po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tions are at an ad­vanced stage and the sus­pects will ap­pear in court once ap­pre­hended. But at the mo­ment, no one has been ar­rested in con­nec­tion with the killings,” he said.

Se­nior In­spec­tor fur­ther ex­pressed con­cern at the es­ca­lat­ing famo-re­lated killings de­spite govern­ment ef­forts to me­di­ate be­tween feud­ing gang mem­bers.

“Th­ese are some of the is­sues con­tribut­ing to high crime in­ci­dences where il­le­gal firearms are used in com­mit­ting th­ese mur­ders,” Se­nior In­spec­tor Molefe said.

“The po­lice are work­ing hard to take th­ese il­le­gal firearms off the streets and we are fur­ther ap­peal­ing to mem­bers of the pub­lic in pos- ses­sion of such un­li­cenced guns to hand them over to the po­lice.”

In an­other fes­tive sea­son crime, Se­nior In­spec­tor Molefe said the po­lice ar­rested two men aged 19 and 31 from Khu­bet­soana and Sea Point re­spec­tively on sus­pi­cion of theft.

“It is sus­pected the two stole a se­cu­rity of­fi­cer’s school­bag on Christ­mas day. The guard was on his way to work at around 6 am.

“The sus­pects are in po­lice custo- dy and will ap­pear in court once in­ves­ti­ga­tions have been com­pleted,” he said.

In yet an­other theft case, two ha Thamae and Mafeteng men both aged 19, are in po­lice cus­tody for al­legedly steal­ing goods worth an es­ti­mated M78 000.

“The goods, worth an es­ti­mated M78 000, in­cluded cig­a­rettes, mem­ory cards, roll-on (deodor­ant), pairs of socks and air­time. Some of the stolen goods were found in Mafeteng and have since been seized by the po­lice,” Se­nior In­spec­tor Molefe said, adding the pair would ap­pear in court once in­ves­ti­ga­tions are com­plete.

In an­other sus­pected crime, a 23-year-old man from Koma-koma in Thaba-tseka is fac­ing mur­der charges af­ter he al­legedly killed his wife over al­co­hol.

“The sus­pect re­sides in ha Makh- up­ane in Abia but is orig­i­nally from Koma-koma in Thaba-tseka.

The 23-year-old was ar­rested on 25 De­cem­ber and po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tions have so far in­di­cated that the man ac­cused his wife of drink­ing al­co­hol when he had for­bid­den her to do so.

The man will ap­pear be­fore the courts once the po­lice have com­pleted their in­ves­ti­ga­tions,” Se­nior In­spec­tor Molefe said.

Seakhi mem­bers (left) and their Terene coun­ter­parts.

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