Vehicle crisis rocks police

Vehicle crisis rocks police

MASERU – TWO cars.
That is all that the Maseru urban police have for patrols and for attending crime scenes in a city of 350 000 people.
There are eight police stations in Maseru ubarn. With just two cars, the police say they have found it extremely difficult to carry out their policing duties.
Most of the police vehicles have been grounded and need repairs.

In an interview with thepost on Tuesday, Commissioner of Police Holomo Molibeli confirmed that there was a dire shortage of vehicles for the police.
He said the shortage of cars was negatively affecting their work.
“This is not only a problem in Maseru urban but is countrywide,” Commissioner Molibeli said.

“There is not even a single car in Mokhotlong district which is one of the districts which are hard to reach.”
Commissioner Molibeli said the shortage of cars delays their movement when they need to respond urgently to crime scenes.
He said there were two incidents where they had to collect corpses but they failed and those corpses had to be buried there.

The shortage of cars means that the police’s work is compromised because transport is insufficient given that they have to work every hour even at night.
Maseru Urban covers Maseru Central Charge office, Mabote, Lithoteng, Thetsane, Pitso Ground, Thamae, Hoohlo and Caledon Police.
All these eight police stations have to share two cars to do their daily jobs.

Sources within the police said the officers were just told that there was no money to repair the vehicles that were based at the stations.
Some police stations used to have a maximum of two vehicles while others only had one. Sources said traffic police were the ones who had been seriously affected by the crisis as they have to move around the city to control traffic.

Commissioner Molibeli said the crisis was beyond them as the police since they are not the ones in charge of allocating resources.
Their role, he said, was to implement government policies. He said with the few vehicles that they have in town, they take ages to get to where they want.
He said it is the Minister of Police who is responsible for their budget allocation.
When contacted for comment, Minister of Police Lehlohonolo Moramotse denied that the police were facing a severe shortage of vehicles.
“But I will take you to the people who will talk to you about this,” Moramotse said.

Majara Molupe

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