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Senior ABC official found dead

‘Mantoetse Maama

MASERU — A senior member of the ruling All Basotho Convention (ABC) party, Moliboea Theko, was found dead near Sefikeng last Saturday.
Theko stood in last May’s parliamentary elections in Machache constituency but lost to the Democratic Congress (DC)’s deputy leader Monyane Moleleki.
A family spokesperson, Chief Khoabane Letsie Theko, told the Sunday Express the deceased left his house early on Saturday morning after he received a call from an unknown person.
“His wife told us that he received a call from someone at around 3:45 am. Even though she was sleeping she heard him ask the person about some machines and where he could find them,” he said.
“He then left the house but did not tell her where he was going. Between 5 and 6 am on Saturday his wife received a call from the police saying there was a corpse that had been found near a car they believed belonged to Ntate Moliboea in Qotseng.”
Chief Theko said when family members arrived at the scene of the crime, they found that the “police had already taken the body to the mortuary”.
“The car was found near a construction company while his body was about 20 metres away from his car,” he said.
“We identified his corpse in Teyateyaneng at the mortuary because when we got to the scene the body had already been taken before they family arrived.
“We are really surprised with how the police dealt with this matter.
“This is the fifth day after the murder but the police have not gone to his family to ask how he departed from his wife,” Chief Theko said on Thursday.
He also alleged the police had returned the deceased’s cell phone when investigations are still to be completed.
“They should be using the phone to trace the person who communicated with the deceased before he left his house. But they told us that they had taken the phone numbers,” he said.
ABC secretary general, Thabiso Litšiba, said Theko’s death had come as a shock to the party.
“This came as a shock us. It is really bad that there are people out there who go out of their way to end other people’s lives,” Litšiba said.
He said his party condemns criminal acts adding if people have misunderstandings they must report their problems to the police.
“I cannot comment at length on this issue because police are still investigating.
“We received a letter from his family informing us about his death and we are planning to go there today (Friday) to understand what really transpired,” he said.
Police spokesperson, Masupha Masupha, said a 63-year-old man was found dead near a construction company camp in Sefikeng.
“It is alleged that the deceased had an argument with a security guard at a company as he suspected that he had stolen some construction machinery that was found in his car,” Masupha said.
He said the deceased had injuries on his head.

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