Machakela murder suspect arrested

Machakela murder suspect arrested

Net closes in on more suspects

MASERU- THE police could be finally getting closer to discovering who murdered the All Basotho Convention (ABC)’s deputy leader, Sello Machakela, in 2012.
Machakela was shot dead in March 2012 as he entered his Sekamaneng home.
The case went cold after initial investigations and has remained unsolved for eight years.

His family has however continued to fight for justice and now the police seem to have revived the case.
The investigation gathered momentum this week, with the arrest of Neo Tlhophane, 34, in connection with the murder.
Tlhophane, an ABC member, is driver to Moshe Leoma, who is the Deputy Minister of Public Works.

Tlhophane is yet to appear in court but police spokesman Superintendent Mpiti Mopeli confirmed the arrest.
Superintendent Mopeli however refused to give further details because investigations are still ongoing.
There was speculation last night that Leshoboro ‘Magentz’ Mohlajoa, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office, is a person of interest in the case.
The police however said they could not confirm if the minister is a suspect or not.

Yesterday Mohlajoa said he had only heard rumours that the police could be interested in interviewing him about the Machakela murder.
“So far they have not come to me. I have not heard anything from the police,” Mohlajoa said.
He however said he will comply with the police if summoned.
“Our Prime Minister was summoned by the police and he went to defend (himself). So likewise l could also go and defend mine”.
He said he had nothing to hide or fear.

Mohlajoa said this is not the first time his name has been mentioned in connection with Machakela’s murder.
He said in 2015 an MP told him that he saw a docket at Mabote police station linking him to the murder. The minister said he is also aware that the Criminal Investigation Division (CID)’s officers were once deployed in his Malimong constituency to build a case against him.
“I think this is just political smearing,” he said.

Mohlajoa said it is possible that some of his political opponents might be trying to instigate the charges.
Last night highly placed police sources said investigators are also looking at an ABC Senator as a possible suspect.

The Senator’s identity cannot be revealed because he had not been reached for comment at the time of going to print.
Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Paseka Mokete who heads the Criminal Investigation Division (CID) said they are continuing with the investigations.

He declined to reveal the suspects.
“We cannot say we are after who and who but we are still investigating the case,” DCP Mokete said.

Staff Reporter

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