Ministers fingered in famo killings

Ministers fingered in famo killings

MAFETENG-A SENIOR police commander in Mafeteng town, Senior Inspector Motsamai Kholumo, has sensationally accused Cabinet ministers of deliberately fanning the famo music killings in the district.
Instead of helping clamp down the killings, Senior Inspector Kholumo said the ministers were busy shielding the crime suspects.
S/Ins Kholumo was speaking at the funeral of Ha-Makhathe’s Chief Neo Mankimane in Likhoele last Saturday.
Chief Mankimane was murdered together with one of his subjects two weeks ago while reporting about a murder. The man was shot while digging a grave for someone who had been killed in South Africa.

“There is nothing worrying than a minister who would ask what is our interest when we deal with famo killings in the country,” Senior Inspector Kholumo said.
Efforts to curb famo killings in the district are still facing headwinds.
Senior Inspector Kholumo told mourners that they are working hard to arrest famo murder suspects but their work was being undone by some cabinet ministers.
He said the ministers tell them to “stay clear” of individuals who would provide them with some votes during elections.

The late chief Neo Mankimane was mowed down in a hail of bullets by unknown gunmen who are still at large.
He was killed along with two other villagers on the same day by the same gunmen who are believed to come from famo music gangs.
Senior Inspector Kholumo also told mourners that they have no doubt that Chief Mankimane was killed by the famo gangsters who are wreaking havoc in the district.
And the suspects are from the same area.

He said within his short stay in the district, he has experienced massive and shocking killings associated with the famo gangs.
His utterances moved the mourners who had gathered in large numbers to pay their final respects to the late Chief Mankimane who is survived by his two wives, seven children and four grandchildren.

The deceased resigned from Metropolitan where he worked as a services manager 15 months ago to be inaugurated as the Ha-Makhathe chief.
Senior Inspector Kholumo told mourners that those in the Seakhi and Terene gangs appear to derive satisfaction from killing people.
He said the law clearly states that anyone supporting in whatever way these gangs must face the full wrath of the law.
For the law to be applied, a person is not bound to physically take part in supporting the gang groups.
He said the famo gangsters are usually released on bail after they have worked around the clock to arrest them.
“We have to join hands to curb these killings in the district,” he said.

He urged “those in power” to remove all the stumbling blocks hampering their efforts to clamp down these killings.
He said the famo killings should not be given a “piece-meal” approach.
He said there is serious criticism that the police are not doing enough to crush the famo killings.
Delivering his message of condolences to the bereaved family, the Principal Chief of Likhoele, Chief Lerotholi Seeiso, said the deceased was still young.

He said he was informed by the family of the deceased soon after the chief was murdered.
“We rushed to this place and found the deceased lying in a pool of blood,” Chief Seeiso said.
He said the death penalty is still applicable in the country.

This, he said after Mafeteng District Council Executive Secretary Thabo Tauhali, said the death sentence should be re-introduced as deterrence for the brutal killings.
Tauhali said it is only through a re-introduction of death penalty that these killings will stop.
Chief Seeiso said it is unfortunate that when the perpetrators are brought before the courts, South African judges are invited to deal with such cases.

He said Botswana judges should be called to deal with these cases.
He said there are still pending cases in the courts which involve high profile personalities.
Meanwhile, the Deputy Minister of Local Government Kotiti Diholo who represented the government at the burial, said they are sorry over what happened in the village.

Diholo was accompanied by his principal secretary Khothatso Tšooana who is also a former Commissioner of Police.
The famo killings are rife in Mafeteng district but of late they have been happening elsewhere across the country.
Perpetrators usually flee the country to hide in South Africa where they are difficult to trace. The killings have left many orphaned and injured.

Majara Molupe

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