Sur­vivors re­count shoot­ing hor­ror

Lesotho Times - - Front Page - Billy Ntaote

ALL Ba­sotho Con­ven­tion ( ABC) Sec­re­tary-gen­eral Sa­monyane Nt­sekele ( pic­tured) is adamant that the four peo­ple shot and killed in cold blood at a bar in Qeme on Sun­day were sup­port­ers of his party, de­lib­er­ately tar­geted af­ter they had at­tended an ABC event.

But the po­lice have so far said there is no ev­i­dence that the killings were po­lit­i­cally mo­ti­vated.

Mr Nt­sekele, vis­ited Qeme along­side sev­eral other ABC MPS, say­ing they had been sent by their leader Thomas Tha­bane to de­liver con­do­lence mes­sages to the be­reaved fam­i­lies. Qeme con­stituency MP Nkaku Kabi has also vo­cif­er­ously claimed that the four de­ceased and six in­jured were ABC sup­port­ers. .

Mr Nt­sekele urged the po­lice to work tire­lessly to ar­rest the per­pe­tra­tors.

Ac­cord­ing to Mr Kabi, two of the de­ceased, Tumello Ko­bile and Pali Ko­bile, who are cousin brothers, where among the strong­est ABC cam­paign­ers in the con­stituency?

“I am dis­ap­pointed by the killings of th­ese strong cadres of my party. If it wasn’t be­cause of th­ese peo­ple I would not have won the Fe­bru­ary 28 polls in this con­stituency, hence my strong be­lief that they must have been tar­geted,” claimed Kabi.

Mr Kabi said ev­i­dence that the de­ceased had been de­lib­er­ately tar­geted was be­cause the shoot­ings hap­pened af­ter they had at­tended a con­stituency fund rais­ing rally in Ha Jimisi, still in the Qeme area.

Motim­poso con­stituency MP Pitso Maisa said the killings were an in­di­ca­tion their political ri­vals were on a war path. “If they are seek­ing a war they should de­clare war openly ….. so we can de­fend our­selves,” he said.

While the op­po­si­tion politi­cians are adamant that the shoot­ings were political, Ko­bile Ko­bile, the father of one of the de­ceased Tumelo, does not be­lieve the killing of his son is re­lated to his be­ing an ac­tive mem­ber of the ABC.

He said the killings were most prob­a­bly a re­sult of dif­fer­ences among the men in the area which could have started at an ini­ti­a­tion school which he runs.

“That’s what I sus­pect, not this pol­i­tics busi­ness that peo­ple are talk­ing about here. Yes My sons were known mem­bers of the ABC but I don’t be­lieve any­body could have gunned them down for political is­sues,” said Mr Ko­bile.

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