TRC raps govt on po­lice ‘abuses’

Lesotho Times - - News - ’Marafaele Mohloboli

THE Trans­for­ma­tion Re­source Cen­tre (TRC) has ex­pressed con­cern over gov­ern­ment’s si­lence in the face of ac­tions by some mem­bers of the po­lice force which un­der­mined cit­i­zens’ free­doms of ex­pres­sion and as­so­ci­a­tion.

This fol­lows sev­eral in­ci­dents in­clud­ing the al­leged in­tim­i­da­tion of op­po­si­tion Ba­sotho Na­tional Party (BNP) spokesper­son, Mach­esetsa Mo­fo­mobe by sus­pected po­lice of­fi­cers who sought to de­tain him when he vis­ited the of­fices of the Le­sotho Times in Low- er Thet­sane for an in­ter­view last Wed­nes­day.

In an­other de­vel­op­ment, Alliance of Democrats (AD) youth leader, Thuso Litjobo was also de­tained be­fore be­ing hauled be­fore the courts for al­legedly de­fam­ing As­sis­tant Com­mis­sioner of Po­lice Maseru Ur­ban, Mot­latsi Map­ola.

The case was thrown out on the grounds that there was no prima fa­cie ba­sis for pro­ceed­ing to trial last week.

TRC Pro­grammes Di­rec­tor, Lenka Thamae said his or­gan­i­sa­tion was con­cerned about the “dis­re­gard of hu­man rights” by gov­ern­ment and the fact that “there is no rep­ri­mand of the per­pe­tra­tors to stop their bar­baric ac­tions which fly in the face of the Con­sti­tu­tion of Le­sotho which guar­an­tees rights and free­doms to ev­ery cit­i­zen”.

“We con­demn in the strong­est terms these vi­o­la­tions of hu­man rights which ap­pear to be an ef­fort to sup­press free­doms of ex­pres­sion and as­so­ci­a­tion of the peo­ple op­pos­ing the cur­rent regime,” Mr Thamae said.

He said the TRC was ap­peal­ing to the pub­lic as well as lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional part­ners to join them in “stat­ing unequiv­o­cally that il­le­gal ar­rests, ab­duc­tions and vi­o­la­tions of hu­man rights of cit­i­zens can­not be tol­er­ated and have no place in a demo­cratic dis­pen­sa­tion”.

He said such ac­tions tainted the im­age of the coun­try and com­pro­mised the rule of law es­pe­cially at a time when there were ef­forts to­wards craft­ing re­form poli­cies to sta­bilise the coun­try.

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