Teachers suspend union leader
DEPUTY Commissioner of Police ( DCP) Keketso Monaheng has called on the judiciary to speed-up the prosecution of famo-related cases.
DCP Monaheng says the courts are critical to ending famo-related killings which have intensified over recent months.
Famo gangs which go by the names Terene and Seakhi and are identified by the colour of their blankets, have been embroiled in an increasingly vicious and deadly turf war over recent years.
The groups provoke each other through their lyrics, leading to bloody conflicts which have however, also resulted in the death or injury of innocent bystanders.
On Friday last week, the police embarked on a special operation to rid the nation of the offensive songs and those behind the violence.
“The police have started a special operation in Maseru, Mafeteng and Mohale’s Hoek and we will soon cover the whole country. under this operation, we have seized CDS, blankets, guns, knives, fighting sticks and hats related to famo songs which promote fights and killings among our people,” DCP Monaheng told THE Lesotho Congress of Democra Democratic Unions (LECODU) has suspend suspended its president, Mosaletsane Kulehi Kulehile, pending the outcome of his cou court case with the Lesotho Associati Association of Teachers (LAT). Mr Kulehile was LAT preside president for five years until he lost the po post to Opotuna Mapetla in January th this year. However, on 12 April 2016, Mr Ku Kulehile was written a letter by the ne new LAT executive asking him to ‘ sho show cause’ why he should not be suspend suspended from all the association’s activiti activities while allegations of miscondu misconduct against him are being i investigated. LECODU is an a affiliate of LAT an and says it decid decided to suspen suspend Mr Kulehi Kulehile because of his fig fight with t the teacher teachers’ moth mother- bod body wh whichi c ha has sinc since spill spilled int into th the Hig High a media briefing on Tuesday.
“We will do everything possible to force people to listen to us and do what the police want them to do in line with this country’s constitution.
“We have learnt there are people sending others to do these killings on their behalf and it will be very unfortunate for those who will fall into our trap because it will be a very serious offence. Lucky are those sending others but their luck will soon run out.”
DCP Monaheng also said the police had since learnt traditionally-circumcised men were perpetuating these killings, which he Court.
LECODU secretary general Mosesanyane Masoebe this week told the Lesotho Times: “We received a letter from LAT notifying us that they had suspended Mr Kulehile from their activities. Because we are LAT’S affiliate, we had to act.
“This was a difficult issue for us because our president was now fighting with our mother-body so we had to do the right thing and suspend him from LECODU activities until his case with LAT is finalised.
“We didn’t just suspend him; we had to consider several issues and one of them was the law. You will realise that even in our letter, we quoted the law. We had to make sure we address this issue fairly but now, Mr Kulehile feels like I’m fighting him as a person.
“He even wrote me a message on Whatsapp about it but I didn’t respond. I and the committee were only trying to do what we thought was the right thing to do and I don’t hold any grudge against him.”
However, Mr Kulehile yesterday dismissed the LECODU suspension and insisted he was still president of the union.
“I am still the president of LECODU. Masoebe is the one who does not have any rights within the union because he joined LECODU through the Lesotho Workers’ Association (LEWA) which is no longer part of LECODU.
“I was elected president and national office-bearers are the only ones who can call a National Executive Committee meeting to decide on this issue.
“No such meeting has been called so what Masoebe is doing is unlawful and I won’t accept anything that is coming from him,” Mr Kulehile said.
LECODU President Mosaletsane Kulehile.