Lance Corporal Mokete Halahala of the Lesotho Defence Force (LDF)’s Special Forces told the High Court on Thursday that at the time, he was temporarily attached to the Military Intelligence (MI)
He said part of his duties was to find out as to who Mahao was meeting and when, adding that the job entailed tailing Mahao wherever he went to.
He told the court how he was part of a team of intelligence operatives who went on recce at Mahao’s Koalabata residence on the night of August 29, 2014.
Halahala said he was in the company of other soldiers including one Posholi along with the late Tefo Hashatsi and Bulane Sechele.
He said they had earlier been told by Lieutenant Hlehlisi that the police were going to give weapons to All Basotho Convention (ABC) youths which they would use to attack their Congress counterparts.
On the way to Mahao's home, he said they met a police vehicle and Hashatsi together with Sechele fired at it, but the car sped away.
The witness said when they arrived at Mahao’s residence, Hashatsi who was armed with an AK-47 assault rifle fired at the gate while Sechele who was armed with a galil rifle shot dead the family dog.
Minutes later, he said Sechele jumped over the fence and started shooting at Mahao’s house and vehicles.
The court heard how the shooting which had lasted for a couple of minutes was interrupted by a phone call that Hashatsi had received.
They thereafter drove to the Police Headquarters where army personnel had taken control of the building, he also showed.