More arrests loom in Khetheng case

More arrests loom in Khetheng case

MASERU – POLICE say the net is closing in on more suspects in connection with the murder of Constable Mokalekale Khetheng.
Spokesman Superintendent Mpiti Mopeli told thepost that investigations are still ongoing and more people are likely to be quizzed or arrested.
Mopeli said this soon after the release of three Lesotho Funeral Services employees who were nabbed last week for interrogation.
He refused to release the names of the three because they have not been charged before a court.

The funeral parlour said it was not ready to talk about the matter when approached.
Khetheng was buried as a pauper just two months after he was brought to the Lesotho Funeral Service mortuary.
Under normal circumstances the unidentified bodies are kept for more than a year while the police are trying to find their relatives.
But Khetheng was buried together with other unidentified people in breach of the standing rules.

Controversial politician Bokang Ramatšella asked a question over MoAfrika FM after Khetheng’s body was exhumed at Lepereng why the police went straight to the grave, in a way that showed that they already knew which one to dig. Ramatšella also suggested that some employees at the funeral parlour knew something about the case.
The Human Resource Manager for the company, Sphiwo Mseti, said the company could not be associated with any crime because it just followed the instructions of its clients – the police.

Mseti, speaking on Moafrika, said when a body of an unknown man was found in Ha-Setho, in Rothe area, the village chief called the police as is the procedure.
The police took that unknown dead man to a nearby Lesotho Funeral Service mortuary for keeping until his relatives were found.

The body was brought to Maseru later after the management told the police that the mortuaries were running out of space because there were now too many corpses.
Mseti said it was their client, the police, who selected which bodies were to be buried and which ones remained at the mortuary.
He said the company just obeyed and buried those that the police felt they should be buried for whatever reason they had, which the company had nothing to do with.
When Ramatšella asked why the police went straight to Khetheng’s grave, Mseti answered that it was easy because the mortuary keeps every record of all bodies they keep and bury.

He said the police went to the mortuary and asked about an unknown one who was brought to the mortuary from Ha-Setho on a specific date.
The company searched through its files and told them that the man was buried. The file was specific on which police officer brought the corpse to the mortuary and signed for it, when it was buried and where.

Staff Reporter

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