Police probe Tha­bane death threats

Lesotho Times - - News - ’Marafaele Mohloboli

THE police are in­ves­ti­gat­ing al­leged death threats made against All Ba­sotho Con­ven­tion (ABC) youth league stal­wart Se­limo Tha­bane.

Ac­cord­ing to police spokesper­son, Se­nior In­spec­tor Clif­ford Molefe, Mr Tha­bane — who is the nephew of for­mer premier and ABC leader Thomas Tha­bane — lodged a com­plaint this week.

“A case of death threats is be­ing in­ves­ti­gated by Lithoteng police per­tain­ing to the threats re­ceived by Tha­bane,” Sen Insp Molefe told the yes­ter­day.

On his part, Mr Tha­bane said he re­ceived a short mes­sage ser­vice (SMS) on Tues­day morn­ing or­der­ing him to re­tract the state­ment he made on Har­vest FM last week where he called for the re­moval of Lieu­tenant-general Tlali Kamoli as army com­man­der.

He said dur­ing the pro­gramme they dis­cussed the po­lit­i­cal situation in the coun­try and the rec­om­men­da­tion by the SADC Com­mis­sion of In­quiry for Lt-gen Kamoli’s re­moval from the helm of the Le­sotho De­fence Force.

“I still main­tain that we can’t risk hav­ing sanc­tions im­posed on us just be­cause some­one some­where doesn’t want to com­ply with SADC’S rec­om­men­da­tions. It’s just a mat­ter of time be­fore the gov­ern­ment obliges,” Mr Tha­bane said.

He said the SMS ini­tially seemed like a non-event un­til his rel­a­tives re­ceived sim­i­lar mes­sages.

“I should ad­mit that at first I took the mat­ter very lightly un­til I later dis­cov­ered that my brother and cousin had also re­ceived SMSS telling them to urge me to re­tract the re­marks I made on Har­vest FM,” Mr Tha­bane said.

“The SMS said (ABC leader Dr) ‘Tha­bane is na­tional. Who do you think you are? Kamoli is not your mom. Go and re­tract your ut­ter­anc- es or else your fa­ther will learn of your death while still in ex­ile’.”

The ABC youth league mem­ber said he would not flee the coun­try in light of the threats.

“My rel­a­tives and friends have ad­vised me to skip the coun­try but I am not go­ing to do that. I be­long in this coun­try like any­one else, but I am also not tak­ing this mat­ter lightly. In fact I am now al­ways look­ing over my shoul­der,” he said.

“How­ever, I am not go­ing to re­tract any of my re­marks. This is not the first time I have been threat­ened. In pre­vi­ous cases I did not re­port the is­sues to the police lest I am la­belled as an at­ten­tion seeker.”

Min­ing Min­is­ter Le­bo­hang Thotanyana

ABC youth league mem­ber Se­limo Tha­bane.

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