Mokhosi dragged into NSS vehicle saga

Mokhosi dragged into NSS vehicle saga

MASERU – FORMER Defence Minister, Tšeliso Mokhosi, allegedly illegally allocated a National Security Service (NSS) vehicle to his personal aide who is not an NSS officer. The aide, Mahlomola Makhube, was then involved in an accident as he was driving from Mohale’s Hoek in May last year.
According to government regulations Makhube should not have been driving the vehicle because he does not work for the NSS.
Mokhosi himself had no right to give the vehicle to Makhube as it was not under his direct control. In any case as a minister, Mokhosi had access to three state-issued vehicles.

Lehohonolo Seiboko, whose car Makhube destroyed, told thepost this week that Makhube is unwilling to help him with the repairs and has been dodging him for months. Seiboko said when he tried to get help the police sent him from “pillar to post”.
The NSS, he said, is also unwilling to help because it says the car was being driven by an unauthorised person.

Seiboko said he is now raising money to sue Makhube and the NSS. He told thepost that the car Makhube was driving has licence plate NA020.
NSS Director Pheello Ralenkoane this week said the intelligence agency is unable to answer for Makhube “because we do not have an agent by those names”.

Makhube is a Lesotho Congress for Democracy (LCD) member whose claim to fame is composing songs for the former ruling party.
He was once the party’s MP for Mekaling constituency in Mohale’s Hoek.
Makhube has since joined the Movement for Economic Change (MEC), an LCD breakaway party formed last year.
Seiboko said it took the police a week to visit the scene of the accident for drawings.

He said he was travelling to his home in Qalakheng when the accident happened. He said he was carrying the body of his wife home for burial.
There were other people in the car. Seiboko insisted it was Makhube who encroached into his lane and caused the accident.
Makhube however told an entirely different story. He admitted that he was doing some errands for Mokhosi but said he was not to blame for the accident. He said the police came to the scene and found that he was not wrong.

“The police have produced the map that I still have at my home. I am not the one who has caused the accident,” he said.
Seiboko however claimed that after the accident Makhube promised to pay for his car’s repairs but has been ducking him since then. The accident has left Seiboko financially ruined. He said he is unable to hire out his car as he used to.

The father of four says he is unable to care for his children. Seiboko indicates that after the map was produced, he was told by the police officer in charge that he was the one responsible for the accident but he was never charged.

“I do not know how to interpret the map because l am illiterate,” he said.
He added that he was informed by the police to take his matter to court if he was not satisfied with their findings.
But he does not have the financial resources to do so.

He however said his understanding is that it is the responsibility of the police to charge him if they suspect that he was wrong.
The police do not decide who is culpable in a crime but merely lay charges against a suspect for the courts to decide.
Police spokesman, Inspector Mpiti Mopeli, said Seiboko should meet with Mohale’s Hoek station commander to seek clarity regarding his case if he is not satisfied. Mokhosi could not be reached for comment last night.

Majara Molupe

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