MASERU – Two women were arrested last week for allegedly stealing 15 computers at the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare office in Maseru.
The two are employees in the ministry.
The computers went missing on September 29.
Police spokesman Masupha Masupha confirmed the arrest of the women who are aged 27 and 42.
“Police got a tip-off that they could find the missing computers in Lithabaneng,” Masupha said.
He said one computer was recovered from a man who claimed he had bought it from the two suspects.
The 27-year-old woman is a cleaner while her colleague is a switchboard operator.
Masupha said the police later recovered two laptops and three other computers from individuals in Lithabaneng.
He said there was no sign of a break-in at the offices.
“That raised the police’s suspicion that people who were involved in the crime could have been the employees,” Masupha said.
The women are in police custody while investigations are continuing.
The police spokesman said most crimes that take place at government offices were committed by civil servants.
In Ha Thetsane, a man was stabbed to death last Saturday after he was found in bed with another man’s wife.
The police said the suspect arrived home at night only to find his wife in bed with another man.
The suspect told the police that he stabbed the deceased when he found him sleeping with his wife.
His wife fled the scene during the melee.
Masupha said the suspect was in police custody.
In Butha-Buthe, a 44-year-old man was beaten to death by his nephews following a domestic dispute.
The nephews accused the deceased of stealing food from their homes to feed his girlfriend.
“The suspects told police that they had warned the deceased several times to stop taking food from their house to give his girlfriend,” Masupha said.
“They said they met him on his way to the girlfriend’s house holding food parcels. They hit him with sticks until he died.”
The suspects were subsequently arrested.
Masupha said at least one person died while 39 were injured in road accidents that happened over the independence holiday last weekend.
He blamed most of the accidents on speeding drivers.
“A 44-year-old male driver died because he was speeding. His vehicle over-turned near Phelandaba village in Butha-Buthe,” Masupha said.
“There were 19 accidents that occurred all over the country. Maseru rural had the highest number of accidents with a total of five accidents.”
He said road accidents claimed five lives over the past week with 68 being njured.
In Mafeteng, a seven-year-old boy was hit by a van. He died on the spot.