Mojapela quizzed over Lipolelo killing

Mojapela quizzed over Lipolelo killing

MASERU – THE police on Tuesday quizzed Socialist Revolutionary (SR) leader, Teboho Mojapela, over the killing of Lipolelo Thabane in June 2017.
The interviewing of Mojapela comes after the police widened their search of witnesses who could shed light over the murder.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Paseka Mokete quizzed the SR leader.
A 357 FM radio presenter, Lebohang Maketa, was also called by the police for questioning on the same issue last Friday.
Barely two weeks before the two were summoned, Basotho National Party (BNP) leader Chief Thesele ‘Maseribane was called in for questioning on the same issue.

SR spokesperson, Potso Shao, confirmed that his leader was called for questioning on the death of Lipolelo.
In 2018 Mojapela launched a withering attack on the First Lady ’Maesaiah Thabane and Prime Minister’s Thomas Thabane All Basotho (ABC) which is the biggest party in the government.

Mojapela publicly accused ’Maesaiah of plotting to kill Lipolelo on different media platforms without giving evidence.
He spoke a few days after his bodyguard, Potlako Nalane, survived an assassination attempt after unknown gunmen fired at him.

“Mojapela was questioned because he once publicly said ’Maesaiah killed Lipolelo in public,” Shao said.
“Lipolelo died on the same day she came from Mojapela’s house where she went to ask him to intervene as she said was afraid she would be killed,” he said.
“When Mojapela came to Lesotho for negotiations with Thabane and ’Maesaiah on Lipolelo’s matters, he received information that Lipolelo had been shot dead.”

Maketa said he was questioned at length about the death of Lipolelo and he answered them.
“I will not go deeper with (the discussions) but I was called,” he said.
He said he was called by the office of Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Paseka Mokete.

Maketa said police believed he had information on the same matter.
‘‘But they told me I am not a suspect, they just needed some information,’’ he said.
What had drawn Maketa into a pool of police interviewers is that he once had a programme over the radio with Rethabile ‘Mosotho Chakela’ Mokete who promised to spill the beans regarding the death of Lipolelo.

Maketa ended the programme saying the matter was very sensitive and therefore could not discuss it any further, leaving his listeners hung.
Mojapela promised to talk to thepost but could not be reached at the time of going to print.

Nkheli Liphoto


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