Litjobo arrested for murder

Litjobo arrested for murder

MASERU – CONTROVERSIAL Alliance of Democrats (AD) youth leader, Thuso Litjobo, has been arrested for murder.

Litjobo, 34, was arrested yesterday for the alleged murder of Thabiso Moqolo at an AD political event in Koro-koro on April 2.

He is charged together with his bodyguard Thato Makara, 39.

The two briefly appeared before Maseru magistrate Peter Murenzi yesterday afternoon. The magistrate told them they will be in custody until May 4.

Litjobo and Makara were however not asked to plead because only the High Court has powers to hear the pleadings in murder cases.

They were also not informed of their rights to apply for bail which they have to seek from the High Court.

By the time of going to print Litjobo and his bodyguard were still in custody.
Litjobo’s brother, Refiloe Litjobo, told thepost last night that lawyers had applied for bail but the state immediately filed a notice to oppose.

“The lawyers have told us that the application will be heard tomorrow (today) afternoon,” Refiloe Litjobo said.

Moqolo was shot dead when violence erupted between two factions at the AD’s primary election for Koro-Koro constituency.

The squabble was over who, between Refiloe Litjobo and Khotso Makana, should be the party’s candidate for the June 3 parliamentary election.

Events leading to the tragic incident remain unclear. Soon after the incident fingers were pointed at one man who vehemently denied any involvement and instead blamed Litjobo.
Refiloe Litjobo told thepost two weeks ago that when the people started fighting he was told that someone had been shot.

He said he found Moqolo in a pool of blood and fired twice in the air to disperse the people so they could attend to Moqolo.

The police went to the scene but did not arrest anyone. It was only last Sunday when Thuso Litjobo and Makara were arrested.

Litjobo was released on the same day. Makara remained in custody until Tuesday when he obtained a High Court order for his release.

Yesterday the police arrested them again and laid the murder charges. Makara claimed that the police tortured him in custody to force him to implicate Litjobo for the alleged murder.
On Tuesday a crowd of AD members thronged the High Court yard to hear the application for Makara’s release.

Some of the supporters threatened one of the investigating officers with revenge should their party be in power after the June 3 election.
“U tla bona ’m’ao ka mor’a June 3,” said an agitated supporter as he pointed a finger at the policeman. (We will deal with you after the election).

Nkheli Liphoto

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