Testifying before the SADC commission of inquiry into the death of the Lesotho Defence Force (LDF) army commander, the wife of the late commander disclosed that the Minister of Home Affairs, Hon. Lekhetho Rakuane, sent unidentified men persuading the deceased to submit to anything that the government proposes so that the Deputy Prime Minister, Mothejoa Metsing could spare the late commander his life.
“This came as a shock because Advocate Rakuane was an old family friend,” so said the widow adding that was one of the issues that made her realise that her husband’s life was in danger.
The widow, Mrs. Mamphanya Mahao related story of the sufferings of his family, including gun shots attack to their house on the dawn of the 30th August, 2014 and sending of the deceased to leave of absence to South Sudan without receiving promised subsistence allowance.
Mrs. Mahao told the commission that the LDF’s Colonel Bulane Sechele, who was the first witness to testify before the commission, was the one commanding an operation that ended up killed the late commander.
She further told the commission that up to when she was testifying, authorities of the LDF has not communicated anything regarding her late husband’s benefits and their experience is the LDF was making it difficult for investigations surrounding the death the late commander to take place.
The commission will commence tomorrow 24th September, 2015.