Blue Ribbon employees in court over theft

MASERU — Two Blue Ribbon employees on Tuesday appeared in the Maseru Magistrate Court facing charges of theft by false pretence.  
Motheo Mohasisa (44) from Hara Makoro Mapoteng and 33-year-old Mohau Sehloho  of Ha-Thetsane are facing charges of defrauding the Lesotho Defence Force and were granted M200 bail each.
They pleaded not guilty and will be back in court on January 5 next year, with Magistrate Reitumetse Mabula telling the accused not to interfere with state witnesses.
The court heard how Mohasisa and Sehloho — a driver and salesman, respectively — had allegedly, falsely claimed M4000 for 744 loaves of bread supplied to soldiers camped at Mafeteng Military Base from September until they were ‘caught’ this month.
The two — who did not have legal representation by indicated they needed the services of a lawyer — are said to have issued an invoice that had raised suspicion, as the amount being claimed was exceeding the normal LDF budget.
Mohasisa and Sehloho, who still donned Blue Ribbon uniform at the trial, are denying the charge and were visibly worried, as Magistrate Mabula prepared to handout judgment.
The case is prosecuted by Qinimutsi Tshabalala.

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