The matter is due for the next remand on January 13 but the accused were in December 2020 excused from attending any further remands. The accused who include Dr Mahali Phamotse and Mokherane Tsatsanyane along with his younger brother Moorosi were in November 2020 released on free bail by the Maseru Magistrate’s Court.
Tsatsanyane is a former Deputy Minister of Public Works and Transport while Phamotse is a former Minister of Gender, Youth Sports and Recreation. It is alleged that the two former ministers were found in possession of an unlicensed pump-action rifle that was loaded with two rounds of ammunition at the National Assembly premises on November 6, 2020.
Although details of what actually transpired still remain sketchy, but it is alleged that for some reason, Moorosi gave the loaded weapon to his older brother who was with Phamotse in her vehicle.