Moleleki asks to adopt Mo­qolo’s child

Lesotho Times - - News - Billy Ntaote

AL­LIANCE of Democrats (AD) leader Monyane Moleleki has asked to adopt the last child of the late party mem­ber, Thabiso Mo­qolo, who was shot dead dur­ing an AD pri­mary elec­tion brawl in Koro-koro con­stituency on 2 April 2017.

Mr Mo­qolo was fa­tally shot in the melee of a fight be­tween sup­port­ers of the AD pri­mary elec­tion can­di­dates, Re­filoe Litjobo and Khotso Makana, who were vy­ing to rep­re­sent the party in the gen­eral elec­tions sched­uled for 3 June 2017.

The scuf­fle was ig­nited by coun­ter­ac­cu­sa­tions by the can­di­dates of bussing in peo­ple from other con­stituen­cies to boost their chances of win­ning the pri­mary.

Re­filoe even­tu­ally won the pri­mary elec­tion and was duly nom­i­nated as the AD can­di­date for the Koro-koro con­stituency last Wed­nes­day.

How­ever, his younger brother Thuso and his body­guard, Thato Makara, were last Wed­nes­day charged with fa­tally shoot­ing Mr Mo­qolo with a 7.65 pis­tol in the Mag­is­trate’s Court.

The duo was granted bail the next day and is ex­pected to ap­pear again be­fore Se­nior Res­i­dent Mag­is­trate Peter Murenzi on 4 May 2017.

Mr Mo­qolo is sur­vived by a wife and three chil­dren Pa­ballo (16), Tseliso (8) and Ke­fuoe (4). The trac­tor driver was also the sole bread­win­ner for other fam­ily de­pen­dents who in­clude his mother, an ailing grand­fa­ther and un­cle.

Dur­ing Mr Mo­qolo’s fu­neral – which was held last Satur­day in Mokunut­lung Ha Mo­foka in the Koro-koro con­stituency – fam­ily rep­re­sen­ta­tive and the de­ceased’s aunt, Malillo Mo­qolo, said they were yet to come to terms with the death of their sole bread win­ner. The fu­neral was at­tended by the AD leader’s wife, Dr Malimpho Moleleki, se­nior party of­fi­cials as well as fam­ily mem­bers and friends.

“He has left be­hind a sec­ond wife who was car­ing for his late wife’s chil­dren to­gether with her own,” Ms Mo­qolo said.

“Now we don’t know what is go­ing to hap­pen since she is still very young and has been left to fend for her­self and the chil­dren. He has left be­hind three kids al­though the el­dest is now 16 years of age. But she still needs a fa­therly fig­ure in her life.”

The Area Chief, Lit­sebe Mo­foka, said Mr Mo­qolo’s death would not only neg­a­tively af­fect his fam­ily but the whole Koro-koro con­stituency since he was a renowned trac­tor driver who ploughed the fields of mem­bers of the com­mu­nity.

“Many vil­lagers in this con­stituency are go­ing to har­vest wheat and some maize crops be­cause of Ntate Mo­qolo’s labour and skills in agri­cul­ture,” Chief Mo­foka said.

“He was an out­spo­ken vil­lager who con­struc­tively par­tic­i­pated in the af­fairs of this vil­lage. We have in­deed lost a great man who was our helper and friend.”

For his part, AD Sec­re­tary-gen­eral Mokhele Mo­let­sane said the AD leader and his wife had com­mit­ted to adopt Mr Mo­qolo’s youngest child Ke­fuoe.

“Ntate Moleleki and Mme ‘Malimpho have asked to be al­lowed to take care of Ntate Mo­qolo’s youngest child and to raise the child in their house­hold as one of their own,” said Mr Mo­let­sane.

There was no im­me­di­ate re­sponse from the fam­ily, whose rep­re­sen­ta­tive said they would need to hold a meet­ing af­ter the fu­neral to chart the way for­ward.

Mourn­ers fol­low the pro­ceed­ings dur­ing the fu­neral ser­vice.

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