LCD mem­bers ‘iden­tify’ at­tacker in pa­rade

Lesotho Times - - News - ’Marafaele Mohloboli

TWO Le­sotho Congress for Democ­racy (LCD) mem­bers, say they iden­ti­fied one of their al­leged po­lice at­tack­ers dur­ing an iden­tity pa­rade held at Le­sotho Cor­rec­tional Ser­vices in Hlotse, Leribe.

LCD Koro-koro con­stituency #42 deputy chair­per­son Sen­tle ’Molotsi and Tšeliso Busa claim they were as­saulted by po­lice of­fi­cers on 12 Fe­bru­ary 2016 for sup­port­ing Deputy Prime Min­is­ter Mo­thetjoa Mets­ing.

Ac­cord­ing to Mr ’Molotsi, while they were driv­ing in a con­voy to a launch event for an LCD pro­mo­tional mu­sic al­bum, they de­cided to stop at a shop in Hlotse for re­fresh­ments.

At the shop, he said, they were con­fronted by po­lice of­fi­cers who quizzed them about their political al­le­giances.

“They asked us why we were fol­low­ing Mets­ing when he was such a cor­rupt leader, and I told them that I could choose any leader I wanted,” Mr ’Molotsi said.

“I also told them that their leader in Ficks­burg (All Ba­sotho Con­ven­tion leader Thomas Tha­bane) was the one who was cor­rupt. Af­ter I said that, all hell broke loose and they started as­sault­ing us.”

Mr ’Molotsi said they sus­tained mul­ti­ple in­juries dur­ing the at­tack, adding that he was ad­mit­ted to Mote­bang Hos­pi­tal while Mr Busa was treated as an out­pa­tient.

“I don’t know how I ended up at the hos­pi­tal, be­cause I ran from the as­sailants to my bakkie with blood ooz­ing from one of my eyes and ears,” Mr ’Molotsi pen­sively rem­i­nisced.

“I couldn’t breathe prop­erly, and even­tu­ally passed out. The last thing I re­mem­ber is los­ing con­trol of the car, only to wake up the next morn­ing on a hos­pi­tal bed.”

Fol­low­ing the as­sault, LCD deputy leader Tšeliso Mokhosi and Sec­re­tary-gen­eral Se­libe Mo­choboroane re­ported the mat­ter to As­sis­tant Po­lice Com­mis­sioner Tšeliso Mo­er­ane, who is in charge of the north­ern re­gion.

Mr Mo­choboroane told the Le­sotho Times last month that they re­ported the mat­ter to As­sis­tant Com­mis­sioner Mo­er­ane.

“We met Ntate Mo­er­ane to dis­cuss the mat­ter and left the is­sue in his hands,” said Mr Mo­choboroane.

Mean­while, ac­cord­ing to po­lice spokesper­son Se­nior In­spec­tor Clifford Molefe, the LCD mem­bers were asked to iden­tify sus­pects who were lined up dur­ing an iden­tity pa­rade last Thurs­day.

“An iden­ti­fi­ca­tion pa­rade was held at the Le­sotho Cor­rec­tional Ser­vices premises on Thurs­day but I can’t give more in­for­ma­tion on how it went and if there were pos­i­tive iden­ti­fi­ca­tions be­cause that would jeop­ar­dise po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tions which are still on-go­ing,” said Sen Insp Molefe.

How­ever, Mr ’Molotsi said they only pos­i­tively iden­ti­fied one al­leged as­sailant.

“Even though we were as­saulted by many peo­ple, we only man­aged to iden­tify one per­son pos­i­tively and I should ad­mit that it was not easy be­cause we had to be pre­cise and not make pre­sump­tions.

“I hope the one we recog­nised will re­veal the iden­ti­ties of his part­ners in crime so they also face jus­tice,” Mr ’Molotsi said, adding that he was yet to fully re­cover from the at­tack.

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