MASERU – Heavily armed police yesterday raided former minister Monyane Moleleki’s house, his office in Qoatsaneng as well as an orphanage he controls in Machache.
The police seized a big box of documents from his house in Qoatsaneng.
The Democratic Congress (DC) deputy leader is under investigation for alleged corruption and money laundering.
The police suspect he could have laundered money when he was minister in the previous government.
About 30 police officers arrived at his house just before lunch armed with rifles.
They obtained a search warrant from the Chief Magistrate Molefi Makara on Wednesday evening.
Around the same time other police officers were ransacking his orphanage in Machache and the office in his compound.
Moleleki’s lawyer Salemane Phafane arrived moments after the police had surrounded the house.
He then went to meet the plain clothed police who included the Maseru Urban Commander Senior Superintendent Sello Mosili.
After that he informed the Lesotho Times that he had informed the police that they were “wasting time keeping vigil outside the gates at Moleleki’s house because he is already at the police headquarters”.
“They are carrying big guns. They are refusing to leave this place, saying they will only do so when directed by their boss,” Phafane said.
Phafane said when Moleleki informed him that the police were at his house he advised him to hand himself to Police Commissioner, Kizito Mhlakaza.
He immediately left his meeting at the State Library and rushed to the police headquarters.
He was accompanied by DC secretary general Ralechate ’Mokose, deputy secretary general Semano Sekatle, DC spokesperson Serialong Qoo, former forestry minister Kabelo Mafura and other senior party officials.
Moleleki met with Mhlakaza behind closed doors.
‘Mokose later told DC supporters who had been keeping vigil outside the police headquarters that they had no reason to fret because “Ntate Moleleki is not going to be arrested”.
“The police commissioner explained that the police officers are at the house because a search warrant has been issued to search his house, office and orphanage in Machache,” ‘Mokose said.
Moleleki arrived at his house in Qoatsaneng amid cheers from more DC followers who had gathered there upon hearing of the imminent search.
The search began at 14:25 and lasted until 15:30.
Moleleki seemed unfazed by the whole episode and he immediately started chanting the DC slogan to the followers who had come in numbers.
He told journalists and DC followers that the search at his house was mainly on allegations about his bank accounts which were frozen on July 27.
“As you know, there were noises in the media recently about the bank accounts,” he said.
“The police are lawfully conducting their search on these accounts. Be not afraid.”