Top cop probed over stolen sheep

Top cop probed over stolen sheep

Maseru-A senior police officer is under investigation for allegedly stealing a sheep when he was still commander of Pitseng Police Station in 2014.
The case, RCI 13/ 07/2014, was opened with Hlotse police six years ago but never took off.

Police spokesman Superintendent Mpiti Mopeli said he was not aware of the case.
“But that does not mean it does not exist. It is just that it is not on my table,” he said.

Senior Inspector Haleo Leluma recently clashed with his boss, Commissioner of Police Holomo Molibeli, after he tried to transfer him to another police station.
He told thepost yesterday that he was aware of attempts to resuscitate the case.

Senior Inspector Leluma said his colleagues had informed him that they were investigating him over the theft of the sheep.
“I was phoned by (my colleagues within) the police informing me that they were investigating a case against me,” Snr Insp Leluma said.

He said sometime in 2014, the community policing forum organised a big feast that was attended by former Prime Minister Thomas Thabane and former Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office Pitso Maisa.

He said one well-wisher donated a sheep towards the festivities.
Snr Insp Leluma said the sheep was kept in a sheep-stud together with the stray sheep.
He said the sheep was not stolen but came from an individual who had proper documents regarding its ownership.

When the allegations of theft first surfaced, the matter was handled by the former Commissioner of Police Molahlehi Letsoepa who later handed the matter to the Law Office.
He said at one time Commissioner Letsoepa even came to Pitseng and took a register of all the stray animals and left.

He said he was made to believe the matter was over because no one pursued the matter for the next six years.
Snr Insp Leluma said what baffles him now was why the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) did not pursue the matter when it was still raw.
He said the matter is however still very interesting as it will unpack what others do not know.

“Now I think the case has been fabricated and cooked,” he said.
He said he has been reliably informed that new statements have been prepared against him.

But that will not stop me from fighting for my freedom, he said.
He said he will soon request previous statements that were filed against him to understand what exactly is happening.

Snr Insp Leluma alleged that the police were victimising him after he fell out with Commissioner Molibeli over the issue of a transfer.

Majara Molupe

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