ABC at­tacks gov­ern­ment over Tšosane

Lesotho Times - - News - Keiso Mohloboli

THE Swazi gov­ern­ment on Mon­day with­drew two ve­hi­cles is­sued to suspended Chief Jus­tice Michael Ramod­ibedi for of­fi­cial use.

How­ever, the ve­hi­cles had not been re­moved from Jus­tice Ramod­ibedi’s home by yes­ter­day be­cause the for­mer Le­sotho Court of Ap­peal pres­i­dent would not open the gate to his res­i­dence, which has re­mained locked since a war­rant for his ar­rest was is­sued on 17 April 2015.

Jus­tice Ramod­ibedi faces a raft of charges re­lated to abuse of power, but has re­fused to sur­ren­der to the coun­try’s law-en­force­ment au­thor­i­ties. He has not given a rea­son for this de­fi­ance.

Last week, the Swazi gov­ern­ment suspended Jus­tice Ramod­ibedi pending a Ju­di­cial Ser­vice Com­mis­sion (JSC) in­quiry, while also with­hold­ing the ar­rest war­rant.

But the 70-year-old still re­fused to come out of his res­i­dence, with ALL Ba­sotho Con­ven­tion (ABC) deputy leader, Tlali Khasu, has ex­pressed con­cern about gov­ern­ment’s “si­lence” over the fa­tal shoot­ing of prom­i­nent busi­ness­man Thabiso Tšosane last Satur­day.

Mr Tšosane was shot dead in Ha Tsolo as he fer­ried his work­ers home at around 8:30pm. No ar­rests have been made in con­nec­tion with the killing, with the po­lice yes­ter­day telling the Le­sotho Times in­ves­ti­ga­tions were in progress.

Ad­dress­ing a me­dia con­fer­ence at Par­lia­ment Build­ing yes­ter­day, Mr Khasu said the ABC Na­tional Ex­ec­u­tive Com­mit­tee felt it was nec­es­sary for the gov­ern­ment to make an of­fi­cial state­ment about Mr Tšosane’s death and al­lay the na­tion’s fears re­gard­ing their se­cu­rity.

Mr Khasu added Mr Tšosane was also pro­vid­ing em­ploy­ment for Ba­sotho and help­ing less-priv­i­leged mem­bers of so­ci­ety, hence the need for gov­ern­ment “to say some­thing” about his death and what was be­ing done to bring his killers to jus­tice.

“It has been four days now since the tragic mur­der of Mr Tšosane, but the gov­ern­ment is si­lent over the is­sue. It is shock­ing that the gov­ern­ment has said noth­ing about his death when he was con­tribut­ing so much to the eco­nomic well­be­ing of this coun­try,” Mr Khasu said.

Mr Khasu also said ABC mem­bers were con­cerned at the rate en­trepreneurs af­fil­i­ated to the party were be­ing robbed and also the death threats they have been re­ceiv­ing since 1 May 2015.

Mr Tšosane was also a staunch mem­ber of the ABC, but his gen­eros­ity knew no po­lit­i­cal bounds, Mr Khasu added.

“It is gov­ern­ment’s re­spon­si­bil­ity to pro­tect ev­ery cit­i­zen of this coun­try, which is why it is a shame that Ba­sotho are be­ing at­tacked be­cause of their po­lit­i­cal be­liefs,” he said.

“We can give clear ex­am­ples of prom­i­nent ABC mem­bers who were mur­dered and their killers never ar­rested. We are afraid that Mr Tšosane’s death might also be un­re­solved just like the killings of Lephatšoe Le­ba­joa, who was pop­u­larly known as ‘Selomo’ in famo mu­sic cir­cles, as well as Sello Machakela.

“We can’t also over­look the is­sue of our party mem­ber, Mr Re­filoe Matekane, who is the prin­ci­pal sec­re­tary in the Min­istry of Po­lice, whose house was bro­ken into on Sun­day a few days af­ter his po­lice se­cu­rity had been re­moved by the gov­ern­ment.

“This can­not be al­lowed to go on and like we said, the gov­ern­ment has not shown the ex­pected ur­gency in ad­dress­ing th­ese con­cerns.”

Con­tacted for com­ment last night, Public Works and Trans­port deputy min­is­ter, Mok- hele Mo­let­sane, who is a mem­ber of the Demo­cratic Congress, dis­missed the ABC’S claims that gov­ern­ment had been si­lent over Mr Tšosane’s death.

“It’s not true that gov­ern­ment has not com­mented on Mr Tšosane’s death. The con­do­lences were passed through the Min­istry of Public Works and Trans­port, and I was there at his home on Mon­day to do just that,” Mr Mo­let­sane said.

Mr Mo­let­sane fur­ther said Mr Tšosane’s death had come as a shock to the gov­ern­ment as the Min­is­ter of Public Works and Trans­port, Tšoeu Mok­eretla, was pre­par­ing to meet him over is­sues af­flict­ing the public trans­port

Le­sotho sec­tor. Mr Tšosane owned sev­eral taxis and buses and was the public re­la­tions of­fi­cer of the Maseru Star Taxi As­so­ci­a­tion.

“Mr Tšosane was very knowl­edge­able about the in­dus­try and the min­istry needed his ex­per­tise for the growth of trans­port busi­nesses in our coun­try,” he said.

Mr Mo­let­sane also said it was un­for­tu­nate that he was jeered by ABC sup­port­ers when he vis­ited Mr Tšosane’s fam­ily in Sehlabeng on Mon­day.

“I went there not only as a min­is­ter but also a per­sonal friend. How­ever, I was not un­der any pres­sure or fright­ened by the jeer­ing,” Mr Mo­let­sane said.

ABC deputy leader Tlali Khasu, flanked by ABC MPS, ad­dresses a me­dia con­fer­ence at Par­lia­ment Build­ing yes­ter­day.

the late Thabiso Tšosane

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