Nyakane’s wife charged

Nyakane’s wife charged

MASERU – THE wife of Captain Litekanyo Nyakane, Mampho Nyakane, appeared before the Maseru Magistrate’s Court on Monday charged with compromising prison security.
Nyakane was granted free bail on condition that she attends remands, does not interfere with crown witnesses and that she stands trial.
She will appear again in court on July 9 for hearing as the case is reported to have been fully investigated, magistrate Thamae Thamae said.

The prosecution says on April 5 Nyakane clandestinely gave a cell phone to her husband who is incarcerated at the Maseru Maximum Security Prison.
Captain Nyakane is facing charges of murder and/or conspiring to murder Lesotho Defence Force (LDF) commander Lieutenant General Khoantle Motšomotšo in a mutinous act.
Lt Gen Motšomotšo was assassinated on September 5, 2017 in his office allegedly by Brigadier Bulane Sechele and Colonel Tefo Hashatsi.

The government says Sechele and Hashatsi were however shot dead by Motšomotšo’s bodyguards.
The prosecution says Captain Nyakane was found with the cell phone which the guards suspected he got from his wife.
The wife, in another a civil case in which she is seeking a protection order against the army, said on April 5 when she visited her husband in the morning hours at the prison, bringing along some food parcels, she was informed that she won’t be able to visit him for security reasons.

“But later prison officers changed their stance,” Nyakane told the court.
“I was summoned to an office whereupon I was informed that there were security concerns that were being addressed hence I could not be allowed to talk to my husband,” she said.
“I was only allowed to hand over the food parcels to him without saying a word,” she said.
She said later that evening while at her house with her children, police officers and armed soldiers stormed into her house in a theatrical manner and ruthlessly searched the house without a word.
She said after some time, they angrily told her to hand over all the phone boxes in the house.

“I was shivering in fear, I could see my children’s bodies making psychogenic movements,” she continued.
“After searching the house, the police officers introduced themselves as Superintendent Thamae and Superintendent Lichaba telling me to report myself at police headquarters on April 8.”
She said they told her that she would tell them the truth as to who gave Captain Nyakane a phone in prison and she must bring along all the phone receipts with her.
She said police officers told her that she would give them a list of people who gave Captain Nyakane the phone, whether she likes or not.

“From their tone, I understood them to mean that I was going to be tortured and verily believed that I was going to be tortured if I did not implicate my husband or myself,” she said.
“I must state at the onset that I am not willing to say anything to police or assist them to investigate the case against my husband, myself or anyone that they may suspect.”
She said the police also instructed her not to discuss their visit with anyone until she had reported herself to the police headquarters.
Nyakane then filed an application seeking for protection from the court, however, the Acting Chief Justice ’Maseforo Mahase ordered the matter be referred to the magistrate’s court.

Itumeleng Khoete


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