By Staff Writers
Maseru, Jan 13 (The Night’s Watch) – Government Secretary (GS) Moahloli Mphaka and Minister of Water Affairs Samonyane Ntsekele have been summoned by police for interrogation over former first lady Lipolelo Thabane’s murder.
Deputy Commissioner of Police heading the Criminal Investigations Division (C.I.D.), Paseka Mokete, confirmed that Mphaka agreed to report himself to the police on Monday while Ntsekele said he will walk into the police headquarters for questioning on Tuesday after cabinet meeting.
Lipolelo Thabane was shot dead by unknown assailants as she was about to drive into her Ha ‘Masana home on 14 June 2017. The incident occurred just two days before Thomas Thabane’s inauguration as prime minister.
It was revealed last week that her husband prime minister Thabane’s cell phone was used at the murder scene.
That detail came to light as Thabane tried unsuccessfully to suspend Commissioner of Police Holomo Molibeli.
Molibeli made the revelation an affidavit as contained in the application he filed in the High Court on January 5, for an order declaring that his suspension from office by Prime Minister Thabane, with immediate effect, is “irregular, unlawful, illegal, and null and void ab initio”.
The court file contained a letter from Molibeli to the prime minister saying that communication records from the day of Lipolelo’s murder picked up Thabane’s mobile phone number.
In the letter – dated December 23, 2019 – Molibeli asked Thabane to disclose who he spoke to.
“The investigations reveal that there was a telephonic communication at the scene of the crime in question …with another cell phone,” said the letter.
“The cell phone number belongs to you.”
Minister of Small Business Development, Cooperatives and Marketing, Chalane Phori, today said Molibeli was facing the axe.
“He has run out of tactics to hold on to that position,” Phori said.
Last Friday Thabane’s young wife, ‘Maesaiah, was called for questioning but she brazenly refused to present herself to police as requested without giving reasons.
This prompted police to get an arrest warrant from the Magistrate Court which authorised them to arrest her, but when police raided the residence on Friday evening, she was reportedly nowhere to be found, prompting the police to launch a manhunt for her.
Police have reportedly labelled her “a fugitive from justice”. NW