Po­lice quiz Ra­matšella

Lesotho Times - - Front Page - ’Marafaele Mohloboli

OUT­SPO­KEN politi­cian Bokang Ra­matšella (pic­tured) was this week called in by po­lice for ques­tion­ing over re­marks he made last Fri­day on Thaha-khube FM ( TK FM) ra­dio to the ef­fect that out­go­ing Le­sotho De­fence Force (LDF) com­man­der Lieu­tenant-gen­eral Tlali Kamoli’s “en­e­mies” in­clud­ing the me­dia would suf­fer neg­a­tive con­se­quences.

Lt-gen Kamoli’s im­pend­ing re­tire­ment on 1 December this year was an­nounced by the gov­ern­ment last week. The LDF chief is set to hand over the reins to his deputy Ma­jor-gen­eral Khoan­tle Motšo­motšo.

Lt-gen Kamoli’s re­tire­ment fol­lows ne­go­ti­a­tions with gov­ern­ment over his exit terms af­ter a pro­tracted cam­paign by the op­po­si­tion and in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity for his dis­missal in line with the rec­om­men­da­tions of the SADC Com­mis­sion of In­quiry into Le­sotho’s in­sta­bil­ity.

In the af­ter­math of the an­nounce­ment of Lt-gen Kamoli’s im­mi­nent de­par­ture, Mr Ra­matšella last Fri­day was in­ter­viewed on TK FM.

Ac­cord­ing to a record­ing of the in­ter­view, Mr Ra­matšella said: “On 1 December 2016, the en­e­mies of Gen­eral Kamoli who were al­ways work­ing with ABC (All Ba­sotho Con­ven­tion) na­tion­al­ists to try and get back into power so that he would be ar­rested and treated like a thief and be sen­tenced to death, will have fallen as well, his en­e­mies will have fallen.

“Be­fore Gen­eral Kamoli will be na­tion­al­ist (party) corpses, white men and (United States Matthew) Har­ring­ton who will have lost their jobs, just like Har­ring­ton has fallen. More will have fallen, his en­e­mies have fallen be­cause they have drawn their bat­tle lines with the com­man­der.”

In ap­par­ent ref­er­ence to Baso- tho who fled to South Africa cit­ing threats to their safety, he said: “Even those who are hid­ing in the Boer wheat fields in South Africa cit­ing fear of Kamoli’s ad­min­is­tra­tion, will not be Mem­bers of Par­lia­ment by the 1st of December when Gen­eral Kamoli goes home.”

Mr Ra­matšella yes­ter­day con­firmed to this pub­li­ca­tion he had been sum­moned by the po­lice to “clar­ify my ut­ter­ances and re­tract them”.

“I was told that there were peo­ple who had com­plained that their lives were now in dan­ger as they felt threat­ened by my re­marks,” he said.

“I re­fused to re­tract but clar­i­fied that what I meant by corpses and peo­ple fall­ing, was that some peo­ple who have al­ways pre­tended to be on Gen­eral Kamoli’s side will have also lost their jobs just like him. I did not lit­er­ally mean corpses.

“That is why I even cited Matthew Har­ring­ton as an ex­am­ple as his gov­ern­ment had also fallen and all those who share the same sen­ti­ments as him will also have fallen,” Mr Ra­matšella said, adding every­one was free to ex­press their opin­ions which could be in­ter­preted in dif­fer­ent ways.

Mr Ra­matšella said the Le­sotho Times was among the en­ti­ties he was re­fer­ring to.

“I have an un­shaken feel­ing that you are also aided by Amer­ica even if it is not vis­i­ble, but I am afraid you are al­ways on the line be­cause I do not know if the new Amer­i­can am­bas­sador will be will­ing to main­tain this re­la­tion­ship with your pa­per. You are also go­ing to fall,” he said of this pub­li­ca­tion.

Po­lice spokesper­son Su­per- in­ten­dent Clif­ford Molefe con­firmed they had called in Mr Ra­matšella and said they were mak­ing fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tions as they had “an obli­ga­tion to uphold the law and en­force it”.

That is why I even cited Matthew Har­ring­ton as an ex­am­ple as his gov­ern­ment had also fallen and all those who share the same sen­ti­ments as him will also have fallen

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Lesotho

© PressReader. All rights reserved.