Con­cern over MPS’ se­cu­rity

Lesotho Times - - Front Page - ’Marafaele Mohloboli

MOSALEMANE No 19 con­stituency Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment (MP) Sam Ra­papa has called on the Na­tional As­sem­bly to pro­vide leg­is­la­tors with se­cu­rity guards at their homes in light of the fa­tal shoot­ing of the daugh­ter-in-law of Lithoteng con­stituency MP Lehlo­honolo Mo­ramotse. Ad­dress­ing the Na­tional As­sem­bly on Tues­day, Mr Ra­papa said the govern­ment should of­fer MPS pro­tec­tion af­ter Mr Mo­ramotse’s 23-year-old daugh­ter-in-law was shot dead on 22 June 2016 as she drove into her par­ents’ Lower Se­oli res­i­dence.

Fol­low­ing the shoot­ing, Mr Mo­ramotse told the Le­sotho Times the car his daugh­ter was driv­ing be­longed to him, with the All Ba­sotho Con­ven­tion MP say­ing he be­lieved he was the target of the as­sailants.

No ar­rests have been made in con­nec­tion with the killing.

Mr Ra­papa said the at­tack came shortly af­ter Mr Mo­ramotse had raised con­cern in the au­gust house over the se­cu­rity of MPS.

How­ever, Na­tional As­sem­bly Deputy Speaker Mon­tšuoe Lethoba rep­ri­manded Mr Ra­papa for “politi­cis­ing the is­sue”.

Mr Lethoba said Mr Ra­papa’s re­marks in­sin­u­ated that some mem­bers of the Na­tional As­sem­bly were be­hind the at­tack.

“We should not politi­cise ev­ery­thing we come across in this world. It’s not right to at­tach pol­i­tics even where it’s not nec­es­sary. Mr Ra­papa’s con­cern in­sin­u­ates that this house had some­thing to do with the said death,” he said.

“It is the re­spon­si­bil­ity of this hon­ourable house to en­sure that ev­ery­one is safe. So let us not politi­cise ev­ery­thing.”

In an in­ter­view with the Le­sotho Times yes­ter­day, Mr Ra­papa said he was “shocked” by Mr Lethoba’s re­ac­tion when he raised the mat­ter.

“I was shocked by the deputy speaker’s re­ac­tion to my plea for se­cu­rity be­cause there was noth­ing po­lit­i­cal about it. Se­cu­rity is a ma­jor con­cern for us as MPS be­cause there has been a trend of at­tacks on some of us.”

The least the Na­tional As­sem­bly could do un­der the cir­cum­stances, Mr Ra­papa added, was to pro­vide MPS with se­cu­rity guards at their homes. “Most of these at­tacks hap­pen at our homes, and hav­ing se­cu­rity will be a de­ter­rent to would-be per­pe­tra­tors. We just can’t over­look this is­sue be­cause it needs to be ad­dressed,” added Mr Ra­papa.

LITHOTENG con­stituency MP Lehlo­honolo Mo­ramotse.

MOSALEMANE con­stituency MP Sam Ra­papa.

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