Why I now n carry a gun: Litjobo

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Demo­cratic congress (Dc) Youth League Pres­i­dent thuso Litjobo says he now car­ries a gun to pro­tect him­self af­ter re­ceiv­ing death threats from Dc mem­bers ac­cus­ing him of push­ing for the ouster of party leader and Prime min­is­ter Pakalitha mo­sisili.

ac­cord­ing to mr Litjobo, he was in­formed of the plot to kill him “a few months ago” and im­me­di­ately in­formed the po­lice “but no ar­rests have been made to date about it” hence he had de­cided to pro­tect him­self.

mr Litjobo, who was elected Dc Youth League leader in Septem­ber last year, is al­leged to be­long to a fac­tion sup­port­ing deputy party leader monyane moleleki.

although he de­nies be­long­ing to any fac­tion, in­sist­ing he works for the good of the party, mr Litjobo’s “de­trac­tors”, as he calls them, ac­cuse him of agi­tat­ing for the ouster of Dr mo­sisili be­fore his term ex­pires in 2018.

But ad­dress­ing the League’s meet­ing at the co­op­er­a­tives col­lege in maseru on Satur­day night, mr Litjobo said fac­tion­al­ism in the Dc had gone to the ex­tent that some party mem­bers wanted him dead. He said the as­sas­si­na­tion had been planned in a cab­i­net min­is­ter’s of­fice at Post Of­fice build­ing.

He would not name the min­is­ter by name or if he or she was present when the killing was be­ing planned.

mr Litjobo, who made the an­nounce­ment as del­e­gates started cough­ing amid claims “some­one” had pep­per-sprayed the hall, fur­ther said the as­sas­si­na­tion was sup­posed to be car­ried out that night at the con­fer­ence.

“it is bet­ter that you’re cough­ing from pep­per-spray be­cause it is not go­ing to kill you. You should know that there was a plot against my life. this plot was hatched in one of the min­is­ters’ of­fice at Mo­poso build­ing.

“the plan was that i should be killed today. it is a shame that our re­la­tions in the party have de­te­ri­o­rated to the ex­tent that there is a plot to mur­der me in cold blood,” he said.

mr Litjobo also said he had learnt that his “de­trac­tors” were ac­cus­ing some un­named Dc youths of car­ry­ing firearms to po­lit­i­cal ral­lies when in fact, they were re­fer­ring to him.

“i chal­lenge them to face me di­rectly in­stead of talk­ing about some Dc youths, be­cause i carry my gun to ral­lies due to the death threats i have just talked about,” said mr Litjobo. He vowed to con­tinue car­ry­ing the weapon for as long as there are “crim­i­nals” threat­en­ing his life. mr. Litjobo re­peated the same state­ment yes­ter­day in an in­ter­view with the Le­sotho Times.

“i am the one who is go­ing to ral­lies car­ry­ing a gun, like i said. and i am not afraid to come out and de­clare that i carry a gun as it is not an il­le­gal firearm. I am sim­ply pro­tect­ing my­self from crim­i­nals,” de­clared mr Litjobo.

asked if he was aware of mr Litjobo’s re­port about be­ing threat­ened with death, po­lice spokesper­son clif­ford molefe yes­ter­day said he would have to check first be­fore com­ment­ing on the mat­ter.

The plan was that I should be killed today. It is a shame that our re­la­tions in the party have de­te­ri­o­rated to the ex­tent that there is a plot to mur­der me in cold blood,” he said.

Demo­cratic congress (Dc) Youth League Pres­i­dent thuso Litjobo.

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