ABC MP flees for SA

Lesotho Times - - News - Billy Ntaote

ALL Ba­sotho Con­ven­tion ( ABC) Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment for Qoal­ing #34 con­stituency, Cha­lane Phori, says he fled the coun­try on Mon­day af­ter re­ceiv­ing a tip-off from a “trusted source” in the law en­force­ment agen­cies about a plot to as­sas­si­nate him.

Mr Phori told the Le­sotho Times from his hide­out that the sources had also tipped him off about an im­mi­nent at­tack on his home last year from which he “nar­rowly es­caped” af­ter uniden­ti­fied gun­men al­legedly stormed his res­i­dence.

“I was first told (about the plot) by a col­league who had been tipped off that some gun­men were wait­ing to shoot me.

“I didn’t take it se­ri­ously at first un­til this week when I re­ceived a sim­i­lar mes­sage from a se­nior law en­force­ment of­fi­cial and a source within the govern­ment,” he said.

“I was told to ei­ther flee the coun­try or buy my­self a bul­let-proof vest. That is when I re­alised that my safety was in jeop­ardy and de­cided to skip the coun­try.”

Asked whether he had re­ported the al­leged plot to the po­lice, Mr Phori said it was a “point­less en­deav­our”.

“I have no in­ten­tion of do­ing so, since it would be a point­less en- deav­our,” he said.

“I am very sus­pi­cious about the af­fil­i­a­tions of some po­lice of­fi­cers and only trust a few of them. I also doubt their ca­pac­ity to solve the mat­ter.”

Mr Phori was among four ABC MPS who were sus­pended for a week by Na­tional As­sem­bly Speaker Ntl­hoi Mot­samai on Tues­day last week af­ter they dis­rupted pro­ceed­ings in the au­gust house. Ms Mot­samai ini­tially rep­ri­manded the leg­is­la­tors for heck­ling Prime Min­is­ter Pakalitha Mo­sisili as he tabled the SADC Com­mis­sion of In­quiry re­port the day be­fore, but the MPS ques­tioned her rul­ing, lead­ing to their sus­pen­sion.

ABC MP for Qoal­ing Nō34 con­stituency Cha­lane Phori.

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