CHIEF Executive Officer of the Lesotho Tourism Development Corporation (LTDC), Dr Retšelisitsoe Nko who is facing two counts of attempted murder was still week given a month reprieve after his trial was postponed as one of the witnesses failed to show up.
Feb. 8, 2023
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Accused LTDC boss gets another reprieve
Accused LTDC boss, Dr Retšelisitsoe Nko
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The proceedings were held in Magistrate Thamae Thamae’s chambers and the accused was in a wheelchair.
This, after Nko’s earlier appearance in the Maseru Magistrate’s Court for a general assessment of his health condition on January 10.
The case had previously failed to take off during his maiden appearance on January 6 due to ill health.
Nko was on that day brought to court on a stretcher.
The court had given him time to go to a health facility as he had shown that there was a recommendation for him to get medical attention as he was not in good health.
Nko also faces two counts of malicious damage to property and disturbing peace.
He was allegedly involved in a shooting incident that occurred on December 27 in Hillsview, Maseru where he is said to have caused a racket at a neighbour’s birthday party.
It is alleged that Nko who was not invited to the shindig stormed the get-together and caused chaos with his raucous motorbike at the Mothepu residence.
A member of the Mothepu family is said to have tried to call Nko to order and during the fracas that ensued as the two scuffled for Nko’s firearm, he (Nko) was accidentally shot by a bullet from his own gun.
He is also accused of the attempted murder of Sethole Mothepu who he allegedly shot during the incident.
Thulo Mothepu was also allegedly shot with the same firearm during the scuffle.
Nko is further accused of shooting at the house belonging to Moliko Mothepu.
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Other members of the Mothepu family and guests are alleged to have thereafter descended on the injured Nko and began pummeling him.
He was later rescued by members of the Lesotho Defence Force (LDF) who were summoned to the scene in order to intervene.
All the injured men were later taken to the hospital for medical treatment.
Following the incident, the LTDC management released a statement indicating that the company’s board had decided to suspend Nko from work, pending investigations into the matter.
The statement read in part that while the investigations into the matter by relevant authorities were underway: “The LTDC’s Board of Directors reaffirms its commitment to restoring ethics that set the proper tone for business integrity and confidence that LTDC remains a reputable organisation that is governed and anchored on good governance and the rule of law”.
Nko is expected back in court on March 7 to stand trial.