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Chief killed

’Marafaele Mohloboli

MASERU — A ward chief in Mohale’s Hoek was found dead in her bedroom on Friday afternoon.
’Matiti Thulo, the chief of Siloe ward, had a gun wound on her back.
She was 43.
According to the councilor of Siloe F01, Lesoli Mangope, they began worrying after realising that Thulo had not been to her office since Friday morning.
He said when the chief’s neighbours said they had not seen her outside her house since Friday morning they panicked.
The neighbours, Mangope said, had told them that it was unusual for the chief to travel without informing them.
The chief was also not answering her phone.
“People were waiting for services and some were already leaving because they had been at the office since morning, but still there was no sign of her,” said Mangope.
“My suspicions became worse when one of her officers said he had not seen the chief and did not know where she was.”
When they went to her home they were surprised to find that the lights were still on.
They also discovered that the bedroom window was broken.
Fearing for the worst, they asked the chief’s family to break into the house so they could check.
And in the bedroom they made the gruesome discovery that Mangope said has left Siloe shocked.
Thulo was lying on the floor next to her bed, dead, and the television was still on.
Thulo’s uncle, Makhamise Letšoara, who lives in Maseru, said by the time he arrived in Mohale’s Hoek the body had already been taken to the mortuary.
“As family we are perplexed and shocked. We don’t know what to make of this incident but we are hopeful that the police will find the perpetrators,” said Letšoara.
Letšoara said he found it surprising that neighbours said they had heard a gunshot the previous night but no one had bothered to check on the chief.
Police spokesperson, Masupha Masupha, confirmed the incident and said investigations are still under way.

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