Fresh trouble for ’Maesaiah

Fresh trouble for ’Maesaiah

MASERU-FORMER First Lady ’Maesaiah Thabane’s legal troubles mounted this week with the police stepping up investigations into allegations she paid a hit-man to kill her ex-husband.

The police told thepost this week that they are preparing to pounce after she allegedly dished out M10 000 to Sarele Sello, also known as Lehlanya, to kill her former husband.

The plot failed as Sello says he took the money but decided not to kill Joachim Ferreira.
Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Paseka Mokete said they have a strong case against ’Maesaiah.
“Incitement to commit crime is a crime,” DCP Mokete said.
The failed plot to murder Ferreira was revealed by Sello himself, a staunch All Basotho Convention (ABC) supporter.

When approached for comment last night, ’Maesaiah declined to comment.
“A ee ntate butle (please hold it ntate),” she said dropping her phone.
Sello told thepost that ’Maesaiah gave him M10 000 to kill Ferreira on the grounds that he would be used by the Democratic Congress (DC) members to institute a court case against her so that she could not become the First Lady.

So she wanted Ferreira to die.
There is still a pending case in the court instituted by Ferreira to block ’Maesaiah’s marriage with Thomas Thabane.
Sello said he accepted the money but could not carry out the crime.
He said he shared the money with one local radio presenter whose name we have withheld as he has not been formally charged.

He said this was happening at the time that ’Maesaiah was staying at the old State House in Maseru West.
“Ferreira would have died if I did not save him,” Sello said.
“I want Liabiloe (’Maesaiah’s maiden name) to say I am lying,” he said, adding that he wants the police to call her and confront her about the matter.

Sello said he was given a photo of Ferreira so that he could identify him.
Sello said he is not a killer and could not agree to do so.
He said he identified Ferreira as the coloured man with big hair.
When the plot to kill was being hatched Ferreira, a construction man, was paving a road somewhere towards Maseru Bridge.

He said he did not carry out the assignment because he would be imprisoned while the government would do everything to shift goal posts for ’Maesaiah to avoid imprisonment.
He said he does not want to be viewed as a killer.
Sello said there is still a lot that needs to be revealed to uncover the former First Lady’s undesirable character.

DCP Mokete said when a crime has been committed and there is evidence, “police will definitely do something”.
He said the law shows that a person who counsels, procures or incites another to do any act or make such omission of such a nature that if the act were done or the omission were made, an offence would thereby be committed, commits an offence.

Sello said he talked to ’Maesaiah at the time when they still had a cordial relationship but she could not listen to him.
He said he knows for sure that people would want to know why he is making these shocking revelations now.

“The time is ripe now. I say this now because I am fit to do so,” he said.
Sello said he wants to cleanse his name because some people look at him as a cold-hearted person who dabbles in crimes.
He said he has always been summoned by the headquarters police over some allegations of crime.

He said at one time that he was once locked up by Mafeteng police over some criminal allegations.

Majara Molupe

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