Teach­ers sus­pend union leader

Lesotho Times - - News - Pas­cali­nah Kabi Lim­pho Sello

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.

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