’Maesaiah’s brother  arrested  for fraud

’Maesaiah’s brother arrested for fraud

MASERU – THE younger brother of the First Lady ’Maesaiah Thabane was arrested this week for allegedly swindling people of M22 000 on the pretext that he would ask his sister to give them jobs. Tsebang Ramoholi, 30, is expected to appear in court soon after the police have concluded their investigations, according to police spokesman Superintendent Mpiti Mopeli.
Ramoholi, who is now in police custody, allegedly collected bribes ranging between M300 and M500 from desperate individuals across the country who were seeking for jobs.
He was nabbed by the headquarters police on Monday and instead of taking him to the police holding cells for questioning, he was taken to the State House.
Supt Mopeli said it is illegal to give people jobs in exchange for money.

After long discussions and talks at the State House, Ramoholi was taken to the police for detention.
Thabane’s family said people should be aware of the lies that Ramoholi is spreading and they should not be misled by him.

The family said they are worried about the behaviour of Ramoholi because this is not the first time that he had been caught on the wrong side of the law.
They said he was in the habit of dropping the Thabane and Ramoholi family names to swindle people.
They said efforts by the Ramoholi family to discourage him from doing so had failed.

Police investigations have revealed that Ramoholi once promised someone a job at the United States Embassy in Maseru.
He also at one time called someone from Mokhotlong on the pretext that he was going to give him a job at the Ministry of Local Government and Chieftainship Affairs.
Ramoholi became well known in 2016 when he defected from Thabane’s All Basotho Convention (ABC) party to join the Lesotho Congress for Democracy (LCD). He then began insulting his sister publicly.

He even said he had received death threats and the then deputy Prime Minister Mothetjoa Metsing, who is the leader of the LCD, provided him with security.
He publicly announced that he had defected from the ABC because he did not want to be associated with a party in which the First Lady meddles in government business.
He was accusing his sister of having a “tendency to meddle in government business” when Thabane was Prime Minister between 2012 and 2015.
He also accused his sister of denying ABC supporters access to Thabane.

He also said his sister was corrupt to an extent that she misused her powers as the First Lady to facilitate some shady deals.
Relations between Ramoholi and the First Lady have therefore been strained.

After the LCD lost elections last year and Thabane became Prime Minister, Ramoholi somersaulted and asked for forgiveness from the First Lady.
He announced over a local radio station that he had been bought by the LCD leadership to destroy the reputation of the Thabanes.

Thooe Ramolibeli

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