Police minister says fight fire with fire

Police minister says fight fire with fire

MASERU – POLICE Minister ’Mampho Mokhele says it’s time to fight fire with fire against perpetrators of violence against the elderly.
She said the police should ruthlessly pursue those who target the elderly.
An angry Mokhele was speaking on Tuesday at the home of the slain orphanage owner Mavis Mochochoko where she had gone to pay her condolences.

Mochochoko was found dead in her home last Monday. Police suspecther killers strangled her to death before stealing her car.
“The Prime Minister was slated and insulted when he said the police should beat up these perpetrators and now look what is happening,” Mokhele said.

She was referring to Prime Minister Thomas Thabane‘s controversial call to the police to beat suspects.
Mokhele said those who attack the elderly are not humane “and we will also be inhumane when we deal with them”.
“They are beastly and we have to reciprocate when we deal with them. They deserve it,” she said.
She also said she is baffled that the suspects killed Mochochoko when they could have just stolen her car and left.
Mokhele was in the company of the First Lady ’Maesaiah Thabane, Justice Minister Dr Mahali Phamotse and the Deputy Sports Minister Rethabile Marumo.

Mochochoko, a famous Reverend and founder of the Ministry of Insured Salvation, was found strangled to death at her home in Mohalalitoe on October 15. The First Lady said she knew Mochochoko as a brave woman who raised scores of abandoned children, orphans and many others whose parents did not have means to raise them.

Mochochoko’s orphanage was closed down by the Ministry of Social Development which accused her of forcing them to go begging in the street.
The government had not been supporting the orphanage financially despite the fact that the police boldly referred people who brought abandoned children to their offices to Mochochoko’s orphanage.

Dr Phamotse said “it is a shame that people still kill women”. She appealed to all stakeholders to join hands in fighting against gender-based violence, especially against defenceless elderly women like Mochochoko. Dr Phamotse also said women encounter more challenges than men and his ministry will seek to address that challenge. The police are investigating the case and have appealed to the public to help with information that can lead to the arrest of the suspects.

Nkheli Liphoto

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