Home Affairs official found dead

Home Affairs official found dead

MASERU – A Home Affairs official was found dead at his home in Ha Seoli on Friday.
Khahliso Soro, a ceremony coordinator, was due to appear at the Public Accounts Committee to explain how the ministry had spent monies allocated for the King’s 50th Birthday.
Police spokesman Superintendent Mpiti Mopeli said Soro’s body was found in another house in his yard.

Superintendent Mopeli said although Soro had no visible wounds the police found some blood spatters on the body. The deceased was found seven days after he disappeared from his home. Superintendent Mopeli said the police are investigating a murder case.

Soro’s problems emerged after his ministry was grilled by Public Accounts Committee (PAC)’s Selibe Mochoboroane a month ago.
The PAC questioned Soro on how the ministry spent its funds on events.
His questioning lasted for three days.

Soro told the PAC that the then Minister of Home Affairs Joang Molapo was responsible for the mismanagement of certain amounts of money. Molapo is now the Minister of Public Service.
After mentioning Molapo’s name Soro never showed up in PAC after lunch.Mochoboroane asked Soro’s colleagues to call him but he never responded.
The deceased’s wife, Nana Soro, said her husband’s problems “were visible following the PAC hearing”.
Nana said the deceased was called by an unknown person who asked him why he mentioned Molapo’s name before the PAC. She said the unknown individual even ordered the deceased to withdraw his statement about Molapo.

“Since the shocking call, the deceased has been living in fear so much that he unsuccessfully tried to commit suicide,” Nana said.
Nana said her late husband told her that Mochoboroane wanted to talk to him together with the deputy Principal Secretary of Home Affairs Johan Masia because “Mochoboroane saw that he was in great fear when he was before the PAC”.

She said on Monday morning she thought her husband would join Masia to meet Mochoboroane but realised that he had disappeared.
“From that Monday he never came back home till his motionless body was found on Friday by the children who were playing,” Nana said.
Nana however said she would not say much as they are now waiting for the postmortem results.

Superintendent Mopeli said preliminary investigations have found that Soro’s body was found in an abandoned house at his homestead. He said the window pane of the house was broken.
“We suspect that he used that broken window pane to get into the house,” Superintendent Mopeli.

Thooe Ramolibeli

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