Home Affairs PS robbed of M10 600

Home Affairs PS robbed of M10 600

MASERU-NEWLY elected Reformed Congress of Lesotho (RCL) leader, ’Machabana Lemphane-Letsie, (Pictured) was last Saturday night robbed of M10 600 when armed robbers stormed into her house.
The police said armed robbers broke into Lemphane-Letsie’s home in Masianokeng in the middle of the night and demanded cash.
“I got to realise that there were people in the house when they broke into my room,” Lemphane-Letsie said.

Lemphane-Letsie, who is also the Home Affairs Principal Secretary, said the gunman demanded cash and she gave him M10 000 she had just received from a colleague.
But the man still demanded more and she pulled her handbag and handed over another M600.
Lemphane-Letsie had her four children and helper in the house.
She said during her siege her son sneaked out of the house to find help.
The three men then demanded the receiver for the CCTV and keys for her government vehicle.

She then took them to the lounge where they took the CCTV receiver.
She said one of the men said they wanted to call more of their accomplices to come into the house.
“I suppose they got worried that an alarm had been raised and they left without taking the car keys,” Lemphane-Letsie said—.
She said she did not want to speculate if this was just a robbery, politically motivated or linked to her work.

“At this moment I cannot say. The police are already investigating so I would not want to speculate. It could be anything.”
Police spokesman Superintendent Mpiti Mopeli confirmed the incident.
No arrests have been made but the police say investigations are in progress.

Lemphane-Letsie was elected the RCL leader at a controversial elective conference earlier this year. She has been locked in a bitter wrangle with Labour Minister Keketso Rantšo over the leadership of the party.
Rantšo insists she is still the legitimate leader of the RCL which is a junior partner in a coalition government led by Prime Minister Thomas Thabane.
Two years ago, Lemphane-Letsie was also attacked by armed thugs who torched her car. The motive behind the attack was not clear.

Staff Reporter

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