Police in Tonota Village are investigating an incident in which thieves broke into the parliamentary office of the Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly and Tonota South legislator, Pono Moatlhodi, a fort night ago.
The thieves stole 100 blankets worth over P2000.
Tonota Police Station commander, Superintendent Reuben Mphoeng, confirmed the incident to The Telegraph on Monday.
“The culprits broke into the MP’s office two weeks ago and stole 100 blankets worth over P2000. We are currently conducting investigations and hunting for the burglars,” he said.
Mphoeng said that they have still not arrested any suspect and are pleading with the public to help them with any information that will help them arrest the culprits.
The break-in notwithstanding, Mphoeng said burglary cases in his policing area were on the decline.
Moatlhodi also confirmed the incident and expressed disappointment, saying that the blankets were to be donated to the needy in Tonota and Mandunyane Villages.
“I received these blankets from a Good Samaritan and I wanted to give them to the needy in Tonota and Mandunyane Villages,” he said.
The legislator ruled out foul play or bad motives from his political rivals, particularly coming at a time there is talk that Thapelo Olopeng, President Khama’s trusted confidante, is eyeing the constituency. Moatlhodi said it is evident that people who broke into the office are criminals and he is optimistic that the police will arrest them.
“In this case, I don’t suspect any foul play from my political rivals” said Moatlhodi, adding that he is not threatened by their political overtures.
The MP is confident that if Olopeng dares challenge him in the BDP primaries, he will defeat him, adding that there is no bad blood between them as fellow democrats.
He said he regards Olopeng as a younger brother and friend.