Beer in prison for ’Maesaiah

Beer in prison for ’Maesaiah

Maseru-PRISON authorities on Monday seized alcohol that was allegedly going to be delivered to ‘Maesaiah Thabane.

The incident happened on the same day ‘Maesaiah was granted bail after spending nearly a month in remand prison.
‘Maesaiah was due to be released the next day but if the allegations of alcohol smuggling are confirmed it would seem to indicate that she was already in a partying mood.

The person who was trying to smuggle the alcohol is a close friend of ‘Maesaiah’s who stays in Masowe. She is known for her staunch support and defence of the former first lady on social media.

The woman is alleged to have put the alcohol in a fruit juice container to deceive the prison warders. Her attempt was however foiled after the warders searched the food she had brought for ‘Maesaiah.

She was not arrested but the police say they are investigating the issue.
Police spokesman Superintendent Mpiti Mopeli confirmed that a case had been opened. Supt Mopeli said the prison warders suspected that the same woman had smuggled in alcohol on Saturday. This, he said, was after they noticed that some of the inmates appeared drunk.

Highly placed prison sources told thepost that the warders had been on high alert since Saturday night when some inmates in ‘Maesaiah’s cell appeared drunk and were singing on top of their voices.

“From our observation it was clear that they were high on something. Our sources also confirmed the same,” said a warder who had intimate knowledge of what transpired but refused to be named.

“Indications were that the former first lady was the source of the alcohol so on Monday we were on the lookout for the person who was acting as the courier.”

“By the time she came in we were already on to her,” the official said.
Thabang Mothepu, the Lesotho Correctional Services’ commissioner, said they are investigating the incident.

He said they are also investigating the Saturday incident.
“Previously there had been allegations that some alcohol had been smuggled by the same person into prison,” Commissioner Mothepu said.
“The officers have briefed the management and an investigation has been launched.” ‘Maesaiah was released on a M10 000-bail on Tuesday.

Other bail conditions are that she will report to the police twice a month and inform the police when leaving the country.

Her trial for the murder of Lipolelo, former Prime Minister Thomas Thabane’s wife, is yet to start. The police say they are looking for four suspects who are still at large.

The suspects include hit-men that police say were promised M3 million for Lipolelo’s murder.
Thabane, who is said to be critically ill, is also a suspect in the murder and is likely to be charged in the next few days.

Majara Molupe

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