Mu­si­cians get po­lit­i­cal at LCD rally

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LO­CAL mu mu­si­cians, who per­formed at the Le­sotho Con Congress for Democ­racy (LCD) star rally held a at Lepereng grounds in Maseru on Sun­day, struck a chord with the gath­ered masses as they im­plored politi­cians to em­brace goo good gov­er­nance and not to in­ter­fere in dis­putes­dispu be­tween Famo mu­si­cians. The artist artists pro­vided en­ter­tain­ment ahead of the ad ad­dress by LCD leader, Deputy Prime Mi Min­is­ter Mo­thetjoa Mets­ing, with the stand stand­out per­for­mances com­ing from Famo gro group Seakhi and gospel singer Fatere. In the song “Ea Sekama Kutsi” by group o of Seakhi fac­tion ap­pealed to the governm gov­ern­ment to de­sist from in­volv­ing themse them­selves in court cases in­volv­ing Famo m mu­si­cians.

The group went on to chron­i­cle ill­fated at at­tempts by the Prime Min­is­ter’s Smart Pa Part­ner­ship of­fice to in­ter­vene in their dispu dis­pute with Famo fac­tion Terene ask­ing w whether the me­di­a­tors were im­par­tial.

They also ask when jus­tice would be done fo for three of their mem­bers who were g gunned down by as­sas­sins al­legedly b be­long­ing to ri­val groups.

Th The Seakhi mem­bers who were killed in­cluded Tseko from Ha Makoetje, Tjotji from Ha Ta­jane and Monya­mane aka Mo­holo­bela.

For­tu­nately for Monya­mane, he sur­vived the attack but spent two months at Tsepong Hos­pi­tal re­cov­er­ing from the eight bul­let wounds he sus­tained.

“All I am ask­ing from you is the truth. The killer of Tjotji has not been ar­rested…,” Ma­joro sang along to the crowd.

In an in­ter­view with the Le­sotho Times shortly af­ter the per­for­mance, Seakhi lead singer Bereng Ma­joro ex­pressed his dis­ap­point­ment at the slow pace in the pros­e­cu­tion of the mur­ders by the courts, a sit­u­a­tion which he said mo­ti­vated him to con­tinue “mak­ing a noise un­til jus­tice has been done”.

He said gov­ern­ment should main­tain the in­de­pen­dence of the ju­di­ciary and not in­ter­fere with the courts of law in ad­min­is­ter­ing jus­tice.

Ma­joro added that whichever gov­ern­ment would come to power should not dis­crim­i­nate against mu­si­cians re­gard­less of their po­lit­i­cal af­fil­i­a­tions.

The in­ter­fer­ence of some politi­cians in their cases, he said, had left them fear­ing for their lives and with lit­tle con­fi­dence that jus­tice would be served.

“We, as Seakhi, are living in fear of be­ing ar­rested. We ac­knowl­edge that when some­one has done wrong, by law, they should be taken into cus­tody and put be­fore the courts of law, but it is not right for that per­son to die in cus­tody,” Ma­joro said.

“We ap­peal to gov­ern­ment to put in place laws which pro­tect peo­ple from dy­ing in cus­tody”, he said.

On a sim­i­larly po­lit­i­cal vein, Fatere’s song also chron­i­cled the in­jus­tices Ba­sotho were sub­jected to when a part of the coun­try was seized by neigh­bour­ing South Africa.

The song also spoke of how the hope to re­gain the land was di­min­ished when Ntsu Mokhehle, the congress pi­o­neer en­trusted to bring it back, suc­cumbed to old age.

“Our fer­tile lands were stolen from us and our hope was in Ntsu Mokhehle who, un­for­tu­nately be­cause of old age, could no longer ful­fil that man­date.

We there­fore cry for the spirit of the young Ntsu Mokhehle to take over the present congress move­ment.”

The song also spoke of the “un­fair­ness” of the South African im­mi­gra­tion depart­ment to refuse en­try to Ba­sotho for over­stay­ing.

It also song laments the penal­ties dished out by the South Africans, say­ing: “Where in the world have you seen peo­ple be­ing fined M1 200 to en­ter their own coun­try? My coun­try­men, th­ese are won­ders”.

Seakhi leader Bereng “Lekase” Ma­joro

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