Up on LCD - Soulo
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Times that myself, Ntate (Mothetjoa) Metsing (LCD leader and Deputy Prime Minister), Ntate (Selibe) Mochoboroane, Ntate (Mpho) Malie, the army commander (Tlali Kamoli), police deputy commissioner (Keketso) Monaheng and others, would soon be charged with high treason. How would these people charge us with this kind of crime? On what basis?
Now automatically people thought I was already a member of the congress movement because this issue was being associated with the congress.
Now all this made me realise that I should go back to my roots, the LCD.
I realised that I was rapidly being pushed into muddy waters and dirt.
I was being trashed by the ABC, which was once a party intended to bring Basotho together.
Actually, the LCD has now just saved me from the trash that I was thrown into by the ABC. I realised I was in the wrong company. LT: But you were once very close friends with the Prime Minister. Don’t you even have an idea of what went wrong between you? Soulo: Truly, truly speaking, I swear that I have never even fought the man, not even once. I have never ever in my life even said nxa! to humiliate him. He can tell you the same. But peo- ple kept saying I undermined his authority.
They even passed unfounded rumours that I once held him by the neck and tried to strangle him following an argument.
All those are nothing but baseless lies. Imagine me strangling the Prime Minister of Lesotho! Really, I don’t know what happened between me and Ntate Thabane. LT: So you think your fall was due to your tarnished reputation? Soulo: As I said, there are people who hate me with a passion in the ABC. But again there are those who like me a lot. It is clear now that those who hate me actually went to Ntate Thabane to say bad things about me.
I am not saying I am an angel. But some people who think they are angels themselves are all out to tarnish my name.
What is most distressing is that I worked so hard for the ABC. And I again worked very hard for this government. I was doing what I did for the benefit of the ABC-led government. People know how hard I worked on the issue of famo fights in Mafeteng and other crimes in other districts. I personally went to the remotest and wildest areas of this country, where no other minister had ever dared to visit, to fight crime.
LT: There was also this rumour that while you travelled the country during police and army raids against criminals, you were planning to overthrow the government at the same time. Soulo: For what reason would I want to overthrow Ntate Thabane? We were only doing our jobs for him and his government. We heard about those speculations; they were baseless and malicious.
You can ask the police and the army if ever there was such a plan, at least where I was involved. They will not confirm that because it is a lie. LT: What about claims that you clashed with the prime minister because you wanted to appoint former Deputy Commissioner of Police Keketso Monaheng, as police boss against his choice of Khothatso Tšooana? Soulo: The ABC manifesto has always been that we should embrace culture. You have seen some of these famo musicians active in the ABC. It was because of that. We were not being annoyed by the initiates.
That was the principle of the ABC. When Ntate Monaheng went for initiation (in December 2013), I said to myself that he had done a good thing.
I was only basing myself on the ABC manifesto.
He had not told me that he would go for the initiation. As police min- ister, he only applied for some leave and I agreed.
But later I was informed he had gone for initiation. Perhaps I should tell you at this juncture that prior to Mr Monaheng going to the initiation; you will recall that we had earlier removed (Kizito) Mhlakaza as the police boss.
The prime minister had then asked me if there was anyone I could recommend for the position in an acting capacity, while we worked on finding the right candidate to occupy the position.
I then recommended Ntate Monaheng. Ntate Thabane accepted my recommendation, but added he had someone else in mind.
He mentioned Tšooana. And I did not know anything about Ntate Tšooana. I had never heard about him before. So there were two names recommended.
We agreed they would work together until we identified who was the suitable candidate between them. I even advised the prime minister that we should not rush that process.
But somewhere along the way and all of a sudden, Ntate Thabane was in hurry to appoint Tšooana as commissioner.
He reasoned that Tšooana had good credentials for the position. Meanwhile, Ntate Monaheng went for the initiation just around that time and Ntate Thabane was not happy about it.
LT: And there was also rumour Soulo: I went to the ceremony. It was on a Saturday. I did that to show people that we appreciate culture.
But when I got there, I was shocked to realise that there were some police officers who were sent to recall all government vehicles and cameras which were being used at that ceremony under the false impression that I had authorised that.
It was embarrassing because Ntate Thabane had made that instruction without saying anything to me.
I called him there and then and he admitted that he actually sent the police to recall the government property.
However, I had eventually managed to convince him not to recall the vehicle used for that ceremony.
It was not true that I had authorised the use of government vehicles and cameras for the ceremony.
It was only one police pickup truck which had always been used even to visit Ntate Monaheng during the initiation.
LT: So what are your plans now that you are with the LCD? Soulo: My plans haven’t changed much. I just want to see this nation developing into a better tomorrow. I will fight for peace.
I don’t care what your political party is; I want a peaceful Lesotho for all of us. And by joining the LCD, I believe I will contribute to a better Lesotho.
I want, at least, to give my vote to someone I trust.
The LCD is my home. I don’t expect to find comfort, but I am proud of what I did for the ABC and I want to do the same with LCD.