King pays trib­ute to Tšosane

Lesotho Times - - News - Billy Ntaote

His Majesty King Let­sie iii on sun­day de­scribed slain busi­ness­man Thabiso Tšosane as a true friend who sup­ported the Royal fam­ily “no-mat­ter the odds”.

The King also said the late busi­ness­man looked af­ter the el­derly and or­phans and never dis­crim­i­nated against any­one in his gen­eros­ity.

His Majesty was speak­ing at the burial of the late en­tre­pre­neur who was shot dead by un­known as­sailants on the night of 9 May in Ha Tsolo.

Thou­sands of mourn­ers from all walks of life at­tended sun­day’s fu­neral at Mr Tšosane’s Thuathe Plateau home, with speaker af­ter speaker singing the praises of the “self­less” and “self-made” busi­ness­man whose in­ter­ests ranged from con­struc­tion to public trans­port.

“i’m re­ally ashamed and in deep mourn­ing be­cause of this very cruel per­son who took Tšosa’s life. What hap­pened to this man, this killing, is a clear sign that as a peo­ple, as a coun­try, we are re­ally sick.

“We are sick in the mind and our hearts. such ter­ri­ble acts are only done by sick peo­ple. As Chris­tians, as Ba­sotho, you know this kind of sick­ness can only be healed by prayer. i in­vite you, as Chris­tians, to come and pray to­gether, not only on sun­days but all the time and even at our places of work and ask God to heal us be­cause we are truly a sick peo­ple,” His Majesty told the mourn­ers.

“i pray for God to heal Ba­sotho be­cause such crim­i­nal acts that took away our beloved Tšosane should come to an end.”

How­ever, His Majesty added the fact that Le­sotho could pro­duce a man of Mr Tšosane’s char­ac­ter meant all was not lost.

“in as much as we are such a sick so­ci­ety, the fact that this na­tion could give birth to some­one like Tšosane means all is not lost; there is still hope.

“Tšosa brought love to a lot of peo­ple, as well as hap­pi­ness. He was en­ter­tain­ing to some of us. My true be­lief is that God loves us and will never aban­don us. To you, the sons and daugh­ters of Tšosane, you should have faith that God will bring you jus­tice and give judg­ment in your favour against the per­son who took away your fa­ther,” said King Let­sie iii.

“My part is to thank you all who have come here to­day, on be­half of the Tšosane fam­ily and on be­half of Tšosane him­self, where he is now rest­ing.

i be­lieve if he sees this huge gath­er­ing and hears us pay trib­ute to all the good he did for Ba­sotho, he will be happy and rest in peace. i had not known Thabiso Tšosane for long. some of you grew up with him, played with him as a young man, and i had only known him for about 10 years.

“But due to his cheer­ful char­ac­ter, it seemed as if i had known him all my life. it didn’t take long for me to look at him as a true friend, who would sup­port me through thick and thin. i stand here to thank him for the love he gave me; the re­spect he gave me and the strong sup­port that Tšosa gave me and my whole fam­ily.”

The King re­it­er­ated that Mr Tšosane was a true man of the peo­ple.

“You heard that he was a man of many names; you heard me call­ing him Tšosa, a name that didn’t orig­i­nate from me but from some­one or one man whom Tšosa used to call ‘Rali­ten­der’. i won’t re­veal who Rali­ten­der is. All you should know is that he is now an hon­ourable man and we shared ideas with him to­gether. He ended push­ing his cam­paign in Lithoteng and is now a Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment,” the King said.

King Let­sie iii won­dered who would crack jokes in his pres­ence now, with Mr Tšosane gone.

“i don’t know who is go­ing to call me now or who i will call when i go to Leribe or Berea, be­cause Tšosa phone call me when i passed by his of­fices in Ha Mabote and ask where I was go­ing. And i would gladly tell him but now that he has left this world, i don’t know who is go­ing to as­sume this role.

“When i was bored, i would call and he would not hes­i­tate to say he would go drink five roses tea with me. I don’t know who is go­ing to do this now.”

The King also said it had be­come cus­tom­ary for him to share a meal with Mr Tšosane dur­ing the Christ­mas hol­i­day.

“We would be to­gether at my home in Mat­sieng, most specif­i­cally on Boxing Day. We would meet to eat and drink to­gether and he would en­ter­tain us with his jokes,” said King Let­sie iii, amid thun­der­ous ap­plause from the crowd, most of whom were clad in All Ba­sotho Con­ven­tion (ABC)’S yel­low re­galia.

King Let­sie iii (cen­tre) and Queen ‘Mase­n­ate Mo­hato Seeiso (left) leave the Sehlabeng sa Thuathe home of slain busi­ness­man Thabiso Tšosane af­ter com­ing to con­sole the fam­ily on 15 May 2015.

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