Sunday, May 29, 2022

‘The teargas did not kill me’ – Molepolole police officer

Inspector Edward Modiro Lekone of Gathwane Village, the Molepolole police inspector who accidentally detonated a teargas canister, covering himself in a cloud of teargas during the Molepolole riots, said he is alive and well, adding that he was amazed to hear that there were rumours of him having died.

His mother also believed that he had died and his boss granted him a weekend off to pay a visit to his parents to assure them that he is alive.

Speaking to Sunday Standard, Lekone said, “I was shocked by rumours that were doing the rounds all over the country that I was hospitalized and died after a tear gas canister accidentally opened on me during the Molepolole riots a few weeks back.”

He added: “I was not totally affected by the tear gas because I applied the techniques that I acquired during peace-keeping training at Otse Police College.”

He said he simply stopped breathing until the gas got finished.

“I am a trained cop therefore I cannot be affected by something that we were taught about during the training.”

He said things were made worse when he appeared on the front page of Sunday Standard while he stood in a cloud of teargas and people started the rumour, saying he had died after being hospitalized.
“My mother phoned me to confirm whether I was dead or alive and I told her that I was well and alive,” he said.

Lekone, however, said that having served in the police service for the last twenty one years, he will never forget the day he was pronounced dead due to the teargas.

“We were shocked when we heard baseless allegations that spread like a fire to the effect that my inspector had been hospitalized and later died,” said Superintendent Andrew Bosilong of Molepolole police station. “I am very happy about him because he showed character and applied the skills he acquired at the police college.”

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