The world’s smelliest Kingdom
MY long period of silencesilen has been brutally broken. And once again it is as a result of a horrible smell currently engulfing this politically cursed country.
So the “blood-bath” t that some members of this seven-headed gove government promised the nation prior to the ele elections is beginning to show signs of fruition. Not bread and beans were promised to the largelyla hungry electorate but a sickening bloo blood-bath.
The killing, in cold b blood, of former army commander Lieutenan Lieutenant General (the family recognizes this title and not Brigadier) Maap Maaparankoe Mahao follows shortlysho that of businessman T Thabiso Tšosane. And the h hit-list that has been draw drawn is still a long way from reaching the end.
W Whoever drew it has no now added a few ticks of success against some o of the names on it; two d down and still more to c come. Those respons sible for the planning, financing and execution of this murderous streak are already sniffing for the blood o of their next victim. Lesotho might as well be christened with a brand new name: Bloodbathland.
Maaparankoe’s death has not been surprising. Even he k knew it was only a
Bmatter of time before he faced heavy weapons paid for by the taxpayer. Yes, this is a country where we, through our taxes, finance the weapons that end our lives.
Advice from family and friends to leave Lesotho for his safety was one he was never prepared to take. In his words, he would not flee and seek asylum elsewhere but would die in this country.
Firstly he maintained, rightly so, that he had not done anything wrong and would therefore not be forced to flee his homeland. Escaping, in his words, would lend credibility to those tormenting him and his family that he had something to hide.
Secondly, he said he would not seek comfort and protection elsewhere while some of his comrades were being picked up and tortured. And eventually he has paid the ultimate price; the kind he had waited — almost impatiently — to pay. Sad still, this government had the audacity to hurt Maaparankoe’s family further by hastily packaging some heavily doctored story on the circumstances surrounding his death. They want the nation to believe the unbelievable that there was an altercation with his killers and that he resisted arrest.
Just how do you package such baseless propaganda when he was travelling with two other family members who witnessed the whole incident? Even a fool cannot believe this.
No words were exchanged, he was simply shot. It’s impossible to lie about this. His killers then dragged him for some distance on the tarmac with his face down, and the once smooth face now bears bruises it never had while he lived. His gruesome death will forever remain in the conscience of some of the people in this government.
Today General Maaparankoe Mahao is history. All in the name of some horribly smelly politics this country has chosen as its preferred trademark. This is a man whose peers from the Southern African Development Community region and further afield were convinced was a great asset for the Lesotho army but Basotho usually do not value, protect and use their own assets.
They either kill or sideline them and instead embrace mediocrity which leaves Lesotho stagnating into a smelly dam from which even birds and animals cannot drink.
Comments from those in government since Maaparankoe was killed have been nothing short of unashamed arrogance and recklessness in handling the situation. Whatever statement they have made, his entire family has not detected any remorse at what has happened to their beloved son, husband and father, and the pain we are feeling has been fuelled further. continued on page 24...
FORMER army commander maaparankoe mahao.