Musicians get political at LCD rally
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