Police investigate ‘Makarabo’s ‘ disappearance’

Police investigate ‘Makarabo’s ‘ disappearance’

MASERU – POLICE have launched an internal investigation into the disappearance of ‘Makarabo Mojakhomo at the police headquarters on Tuesday, Commissioner Holomo Molibeli told thepost last night. Molibeli said there are no new leads as to how Mojakhomo escaped but the police have intensified their investigations.

Mojakhomo, a director at the First Lady’s Trust Fund, is alleged to have disappeared from police custody on Tuesday night. She had been charged for fraud and theft. “We do not want to talk about the speculations as the investigations are the ones that would tell what really happened,” Commissioner Molibeli said.

He said police did not have any concrete leads yet and are “calling on the members of the community to assist us with regard to information.” Mojakhomo’s family has since filed a habeas corpus case asking the High Court to order the police to bring her before court dead or alive. Her husband, Thabang Mojakhomo, has also been charged with fraud and theft.

He appeared in court on Tuesday and was remanded in custody pending bail. Today marks the seventh day since Mojakhomo disappeared. Meanwhile, police have issued a statement claiming that ‘Makarabo escaped from police holding cells between 9pm and 10pm. Makarabo is alleged to have stolen M125 000 which was meant for rent at the Trust’s office in Arrival Centre.

She is also alleged to have used M17 000 in donations she received from individuals on the Trust’s behalf. She is also suspected to have collected M65 000 from Decorat Art Furnishers, claiming that it was a contribution towards the First Lady’s birthday party at a local hotel. Speculation has been rife as to what could have happened to her.

Some people have speculated that she might have been severely tortured and insist that the police know where she is. Her disappearance has conjured memories of what happened to Constable Mokalekale Khetheng who the police alleged disappeared from police custody but was later found in a pauper’s grave a year later.

Four police officers have been charged for Khetheng’s murder.

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