Res­i­dents fume over ‘abu­sive’ busi­ness­man

Lesotho Times - - News - ‘Man­toetse Maama

Scores of angry Mapoteng res­i­dents took to the streets yes­ter­day morn­ing to protest the “abuse” they are al­legedly sub­jected to by a man of chi­nese de­scent who op­er­ates a business in their vil­lage.

The vil­lagers first gath­ered at Mapoteng Hos­pi­tal junc­tion, be­fore march­ing to Mapoteng Po­lice Sta­tion hold­ing plac­ards de­nounc­ing the shop-owner they only iden­ti­fied as Adar.

The irate vil­lagers pre­sented a pe­ti­tion of their griev­ances at the po­lice sta­tion, be­fore pro­ceed­ing to the busi­ness­man’s shop, where they chal­lenged him to come out and con­front them.

one of the vil­lagers, ram­abolu Masim­phane, told the Le­sotho Times that the res­i­dents had tol­er­ated the busi­ness­man’s abu­sive be­hav­iour for too long.

“Ini­tially, we had though he would change, but it ap­pears he is un­re­pen­tant and con­tin­ues in­sult­ing and even as­sault­ing lo­cal res­i­dents, and mostly his em­ploy­ees.

“He was re­cently taken to court by his driver who ac­cused him of as­sault. The poor man had to re­sign, but luck­ily, he was com­pen­sated for the abuse,” Mr Masim­phane said.

“To­day, the vil­lagers felt that they had enough of this man’s at­ti­tude be­cause he does not re­spect Ba­sotho who are sup­port­ing his business.

“The same man cooks ex­pired food from his shop, which he then gives to the el­derly who come to his shop to spend their old-age grants.

“He acts as if he is do­ing them a favour, yet he is en­dan­ger­ing their lives by giv­ing them ex­pired food.

“When you com­plain about the ex­pired goods in his shop, he at­tacks you.

“What we are say­ing is we want him out of the vil­lage; his as­so­ciates can re­main but him, Adar, must leave.”

Mr Masim­phane said the angry mob had “re­ally wanted to at­tack the busi­ness­man” who opened the shop “a long time ago” but were stopped by the po­lice, who ad­vised them to take le­gal ac­tion if they had any com­plaints against him.

“It is very un­for­tu­nate be­cause in spite of our griev­ances, we still support this man be­cause we don’t have an al­ter­na­tive shop where we can buy goods.

“We be­lieve that if there was com­pe­ti­tion here, he would not be act­ing this way.

“For that rea­son we want him out of our vil­lage be­cause he never ap­pre­ci­ates the support he gets from us; in­stead, he dis­re­spects, and treats us like an­i­mals.”

Tey­ateya­neng Dis­trict com­mis­sioner of Po­lice, Se­nior Su­per­in­ten­dent ‘Makhethisa Mosenene, yes­ter­day con­firmed the res­i­dents’ protest.

“I can con­firm that Tere­bane vil­lagers have com­plained about a male chi­nese na­tional who is a busi­ness­man in their vil­lage.

“They al­leged that the man as­saults and in­sults them and also sells ex­pired goods in his shop, which they have to buy be­cause they have no al­ter­na­tive.

“We ad­vised them to re­port their cases es­pe­cially those who claim to have been in­sulted and vic­tims of as­sault.

“We are go­ing to con­tact the rel­e­vant de­part­ments on the is­sue of ex­pired goods, he al­legedly sells,” Se­nior Su­per­in­ten­dent Mosenene said, adding an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the vil­lagers’ com­plaints had been launched.

Fu­ri­ous Mapoteng res­i­dents march to the po­lice sta­tion hold­ing plac­ards de­nounc­ing the shop-owner.

Tey­ateya­neng Dis­trict Com­mis­sioner se­nior su­per­in­ten­dent ‘Makhethisa Mosenene.

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