Hero’s send-off for Pompi, Kamanga

Hero’s send-off for Pompi, Kamanga

MASERU – TEARS were rolling down the cheeks of many mourners as the hearse left home for Motlakaseng cemetery. They were tears for Kibiti Thaki and ‘Muso Koelane.
There were audible sobs as the Roman Catholic Church members sang a popular funeral hymn: Tsamaea hantle, Oho ngoan’eso (Fare thee well, Oh my brother).
Thaki, also known as Pompi (Pump), lived an ordinary life but his sendoff resembled that of a noble with over a hundred cars and a large throng of mourners.

About five kilometres south-west of his home, at the Sefika Parish of the Lesotho Evangelical Church of Southern Africa (LECSA), his close friend ’Muso Koelane’s funeral was being conducted.
The two friends died together two weeks ago after they were allegedly shot by Nat Molikeng, a man alleged to be Professor Nqosa Mahao’s bodyguard.
It is reported that Molikeng shot the two after they confronted him over an alleged attempt to steal a car battery from their friend’s car.
Thaki and Koelane allegedly wanted Molikeng to help the police identify the suspect whom they thought was his friend.

Molikeng, according to the police, claimed that he shot the two in self-defence as the men were hijacking him.
Although the funeral services were held separately, the two were buried in the same grave with only a brick wall separating their coffins.
Thaki was a Catholic while his friend was a Protestant of the LECSA. When their caskets were lowered into the grave the two churches united in the hymn, Ho lokile (It’s Alright).
“Ntate ha ke sa sephela hole le lehae la ka, u nthuse ke tsebe hore ho lokile (Father, as I wander far away from my home help me say it’s alright)”.

Speaking at the funeral, the Mabote MP, Fako Moshoeshoe, said it time to tighten the gun laws.
Fako told mourners who braved the cold weather “that a person who has been trained to use a gun knows measures that have to be applied when pulling a gun in self-defence”.
He called on the police to thoroughly investigate the case.
Fako however said the shooting was not politically motivated as some people have claimed in several media platforms.

The visibly irate Fako said they have to do everything in their powers to ensure that bars operate within the law. This has to be done jointly with the councillor and the community members, he said.
Fako said the deceased left orphans that were his dependents and now it will be their responsibility with the councillor to see how they save the lives of those souls.
Also in attendance was the Minister of Water Samonyane Ntsekele.
On behalf of the government, Ntsekele said it is their hope that the law would take its course since the case is already in the hands of police.
He said they regret the death of the deceased.

Sobbing and with his head tilted to one side, Joseph Thaki, who spoke on behalf of the family said when the sad news broke, they heard that the shooting was politically connected.
He said the social media platforms were full of rumours that the death was politically driven.
But he insisted that they want to see justice done about their child’s death.
“I know the perpetrator might walk free because of technicalities of the courts,” Thaki said.
He said he would not go into the merits of the case because it is already in the hands of police, he said.
Both the deceased were young unmarried men.
Koelane was 31 while Thaki was 28.

Majara Molupe

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