Churchgoers defy court order

Churchgoers defy court order

MASERU – THERE was drama in Motimposo last Friday when angry churchgoers defied a court order and resisted when the police tried to enforce it.
Nineteen members of the Zion Faith Mission Church lost a case against a local resident, ’Mamotlakase Morakabi, who claimed the church property.
The Maseru Land Court heard the case on December 5 last year and delivered judgment in favour of Morakabi on March 6 this year.
Morakabi had asked the court to instruct the Mabote Police Commander to enforce the judgment.

So, on Friday last week the Mabote police accompanied the deputy sheriff, one Koloi, to enforce the judgment and ordered the church members to vacate the property.
They responded by locking the gates so that Morakabi, who said she wanted to live in the property with her children, could not enter.
Eyewitnesses say the church people were so angry that they told the police that they would get out of the premises dead.
All of them have houses in the premises and are living there with their families.

Morakabi has now asked the court to order the police to arrest and bring them to court to be detained for six months in prison for contempt of court.
Her lawyers, H Sekonyela Attorneys, write that “they are threatening (her) and her agents with violence and death as some of (them) are members of the Lesotho Mounted Police Service”.
The lawyers told the court that because of the threats Morakabi “has had to engage the services of a private security company day and night to save her life” using her meagre resources.

They allege that they “have even mobilised a huge unruly mob from the whole village of Motimposo to assist them in insulting, unlawfully obstructing and attacking (Morakabi)” and the court officials. The contempt case is expected in court on August 2.

Staff Reporter

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