Rakuoane calls for so­cial me­dia ‘cease­fire’

Lesotho Times - - Front Page - ’Marafaele Mohloboli

HOME Af­fairs Min­is­ter, Ad­vo­cate Lekhetho Rakuoane, has called on Basotho to har­ness pos­i­tive en­ergy and not trade in­sults on so­cial me­dia to foster na­tional unity ahead of golden In­de­pen­dence ju­bilee cel­e­bra­tions in Oc­to­ber.

Adv Rakuoane, who is also the leader of one of the gov­ern­ing coali­tion par­ties, Pop­u­lar Front for Democ­racy, yes­ter­day told the Le­sotho Times so­cial me­dia should not be used to den­i­grate each other.

“I would like Basotho to cease fire and stop mak­ing neg­a­tive posts about the coun­try on so­cial me­dia,” he said.

“The is­sue of a cease­fire is im­por­tant be­cause it will help us as a na­tion to cel­e­brate our In­de­pen­dence in one­ness and cast our po­lit­i­cal dif­fer­ences aside.

“This is a dream I have, and I am hop­ing to get a buy-in from the gov­ern­ment as a po­lit­i­cal leader. I be­lieve it’s pos­si­ble be­cause all that is needed is to dis­cuss. The cease­fire can be made through ne­go­ti­a­tions, and, hope­fully the gov­ern­ment will con­sider it.”

Adv Rakuoane said Basotho were pre­oc­cu­pied by po­lit­i­cal al­le­giances, in­stead of what unites them as a na­tion.

“We can surely make a lot of progress if we fo­cused on the is­sues that unite us as a na­tion and stop post­ing neg­a­tiv­ity. We can ac­tu­ally take the build-to the In­de­pen­dence cel­e­bra­tions as a time to re­flect on our val­ues as a na­tion.”

Com­ment­ing on the re­marks, Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Min­is­ter Khotso Let­satsi said they had taken Adv Rakuoane’s pro­posal se­ri­ously.

“This is a very se­ri­ous mat­ter, and the gov­ern­ment is very wor­ried about the mis­use of so­cial me­dia. Even the gen­eral pub­lic is very wor­ried given the neg­a­tiv­ity that sur­rounds so­cial me­dia of late,” he said.

“We are ac­tu­ally look­ing into im­ple­ment­ing measures to ad­dress this is­sue. Be rest-as­sured the gov­ern­ment is al­ready do­ing a lot to sup­press this neg­a­tiv­ity.”

Mr Let­satsi said the gov­ern­ment was al­ready work­ing on ef­fect­ing cy­ber laws adding the security of the state was at risk.

“I will not tell you what other measures we are work­ing on, but they will soon be known as their pinch shall be felt by th­ese rogue users,” he said.

HOME Af­fairs Min­is­ter Ad­vo­cate Lekhetho Rakuoane.

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