LCD youths quizzed over PM’S wife

Lesotho Times - - Front Page - ’Marafaele Mohloboli

LE­SOTHO Congress for Democ­racy youth lead­ers, Sec­re­tary Gen­eral Potso Shao and Pres­i­dent Mot­latsi Maope were yes­ter­day ques­tioned at Pitso Ground Po­lice Sta­tion in Maseru over com­ments they made in the af­ter­math of last month’s fa­tal shoot­ing of Prime Min­is­ter Thomas Tha­bane’s wife, Lipolelo.

Ms Tha­bane was shot dead by an un­known as­sailant as she was about to drive into her Ha ‘Masana home on 14 June 2017. The in­ci­dent oc­curred just two days be­fore the in­au­gu­ra­tion of Dr Tha­bane as Le­sotho’s prime min­is­ter.

A fe­male com­pan­ion also sus­tained se­ri­ous in­juries. Ms Tha­bane was laid to rest last Fri­day.

In the af­ter­math of the shoot­ing, Mr Shao ad­dressed a press conference in which he claimed to be speak­ing on be­half of the seven for­mer gov­ern­ing par­ties which were ousted from power af­ter the 3 June 2017 elec­tions.

The par­ties in the for­mer gov­ern­ment con­sist of the Demo­cratic Congress (DC), LCD, Mare­mat­lou Free­dom Party, Basotho Congress Party (BCP), Na­tional In­de­pen­dent Party, Le­sotho Peo­ple’s Congress and Pop­u­lar Front for Democ­racy.

“As the youths of this coun­try, we are deeply ag­grieved by the killing of our mother, the First Lady, Mme Lipolelo Tha­bane, whose death has caused great shock and made head­lines in Le­sotho and in­ter­na­tion­ally,” Mr Shao said at the June press conference.

“It was a strik­ing co­in­ci­dence that she was killed just a day to go be­fore her hus­band’s in­au­gu­ra­tion as prime min­is­ter.

“We all know that she was sup­posed to be the First Lady as per the judge­ment of the High Court de­liv­ered by Jus­tice Molefi Makara in 2015.

“We there­fore appeal to the po­lice to do right thing and not beat about the bush since the per­pe­tra­tor in this mat­ter is well known even by a tod­dler,” Mr Shao said with­out elab­o­rat­ing on whom he meant.

Speak­ing af­ter be­ing ques­tioned by po­lice yes­ter­day, Mr Shao said he had been sum­moned to “help po­lice with their in­ves­ti­ga­tions”.

“I was wel­comed very warmly and asked to pre­sent my side of the story, why I had main­tained that the per­pe­tra­tors in the mat­ter were known and I did with­out any duress what­so­ever.”

The LCD youth league of­fi­cials also com­plained about the “sud­den change of ad­min- is­tra­tors” in the po­lice force which they felt would af­fect in­ves­ti­ga­tions into the killing.

“Since last week, we have also been com­plain­ing about the re­moval of Se­nior As­sis­tant Com­mis­sioner (SACP) Jankie Hlaahla who was the Act­ing Deputy Com­mis­sioner han­dling the case and the sud­den ap­point­ment of DCP Holomo Moli­beli.

“How­ever, the mat­ter has since been clar­i­fied to our sat­is­fac­tion that in­ves­ti­ga­tions won’t be tam­pered with as there was no such switch­ing as we thought.

“The po­lice as­sured us that once a break­through has been made in the case, they shall alert us like they will do to the public as they are ob­li­gated to give feed­back.”

Po­lice spokesper­son Se­nior Su­per­in­ten­dent Clif­ford Molefe con­firmed that they called “two youths for ques­tion­ing per­tain­ing to the mur­der of the late Prime Min­is­ter’s wife”.

He how­ever, said no ar­rests had been made so far and they were still in­ves­ti­gat­ing.

LCD Youth League Pres­i­dent Mot­latsi Maope.

LCD Youth League Sec­re­tary-gen­eral Potso Shao.

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