MEC youth activist grilled

MEC youth activist grilled

MASERU – ABIELE Moletsane, the secretary general of the Movement for Economic Change (MEC) youth league, was grilled by the police last Wednesday over the theft of M5 million.
Moletsane told thepost that the police summoned him for questioning after he was linked to the theft of M5 million from the National Manpower Development Secretariat (NMDS).
He was only released the next day.

Moletsane said he was told to report again to the police this Tuesday.
He alleged that the “arrest” was politically motivated.
“I went there to give my side of the story but got stunned when I was I tortured,” he said.

Although he claims he was “tortured” during the interrogation, the police have flatly denied the allegation.
The police said the youthful politician was only invited for questioning in connection with the disappearance of the money.
Moletsane said he does not work at the NMDS, although he admitted that he once worked there five years ago together with one of the suspects of a heist that happed at the bank.
He said the police wanted to know if he had any links with the suspect.

He said he told the police that he only attended school and worked with the suspect “a long time ago”.
Moletsane claimed that the torture was “severe because they wanted me to implicate him in the theft”.
“They tortured me emotionally and psychologically. They did not beat me up but they tied me in such a way that I felt a lot of pain,” he said.
Moletsane said the police told him to inform his parents that he would not be returning home on the day he was summoned.
He said he was handcuffed during questioning by a group of police officers.

Police spokesman Senior Inspector Rantoane Motsoetla confirmed that Moletsane was called in for questioning but dismissed claims of torture and arrest.
“He was not arrested but called for questioning pertaining to NMDS funds and soon after the investigations were complete, he left,” said the police spokesman.
“The torture did not happen because he was not even arrested; he was just called in for questioning,” he said.

Motsoetla said the Lesotho Mounted Police Service has the power to call people in for questioning.
“Our duty is to offer safety and to keep peace and we are given power to call anyone for questioning,” Motsoetla said.
But the young politician said he has had enough and has engaged a lawyer.

“Next week Wednesday should be my last day to go for questioning,” said Moletsane, claiming he “has other things to do”.
The young politician claimed that there was an attempt to link his party to the NMDS theft. He cited social media messages that his party leader Selibe Mochoboroane is being sponsored by the NMDS to further his studies at the National University of Lesotho. He rubbished the allegations, saying there are documents proving that Mochoboroane is not being sponsored by the NMDS.

Nkheli Liphoto

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