Moleleki speaks on Koro-koro shoot­ing

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BUTHA-BUTHE – Al­liance of Democrats (AD) leader Monyane Moleleki has con­demned the in­fight­ing which cul­mi­nated in the fa­tal shoot­ing of one Thabiso Mo­qolo dur­ing last week’s pri­mary elec­tions in the Koro-koro con­stituency in Maseru dis­trict.

Mr Mo­qolo was shot dead dur­ing a brawl that erupted over the au­then­tic­ity of the del­e­gates for the abortive pri­mary elec­tion in which AD of­fi­cials, Re­filoe Litjobo and Khotso Makana were vy­ing for the nod to rep­re­sent the party in the 3 June gen­eral elec­tions.

The elec­tions, the third the coun­try is hold­ing in five years, were an­nounced by His Majesty King Let­sie III in the af­ter­math of last month’s suc­cess­ful par­lia­men­tary no confidence mo­tion by the op­po­si­tion bloc against the seven par­ties’ coali­tion gov­ern­ment.

This brought to a pre­ma­ture end the ten­ure of the coali­tion gov­ern­ment which had been in power since the 2015 elec­tions and were sup­posed to have served a five year term.

Although some party mem­bers have fin­gered the party’s youth league con­stituency chair­per­son, Ad­vo­cate Mo­hau Tšilo as the sus­pect in the fa­tal shoot­ing, po­lice spokesper­son, Su­per­in­ten­dent Clif­ford Molefe told the Le­sotho Times they were still in­ves­ti­gat­ing the mat­ter.

Ad­vo­cate Tšilo has protested his in­no­cence in an in­ter­view with this pub­li­ca­tion, adding he did not even own a gun.

For his part, Mr Litjobo ad­mit­ted to twice fir­ing in the air fol­low­ing the ini­tial shoot­ing. He also con­firmed own­ing the gun which he fired, say­ing it was li­cenced and shown to the po­lice at the place the in­ci­dent took place.

And in his ad­dress to thou­sands of the par- ty sup­port­ers at Ha-marak­abei in the Butha-buthe dis­trict early this week, Mr Moleleki said the party re­gret­ted and con­demned the in­ci­dent which went against the party’s prin­ci­ples of unity and non­vi­o­lence.

“On be­half of the AD, I wish to con­demn the in­ci­dent which hap­pened at our pri­mary elec­tions in Koro-koro,” Mr Moleleki said, adding, “The AD was founded on the prin­ci­ples of peace, pa­tience, na­tional unity and good re­la­tions with other po­lit­i­cal par­ties”.

“But last Sun­day’s in­ci­dent has caused our party to be the first in Le­sotho where life of a per­son is ended over pri­mary elec­tions. This will re­main a black spot that will taint our party’s im­age for a long time.”

Mr Moleleki pro­posed that the party or­gan­ises a cleans­ing cer­e­mony “where we shall slaugh­ter a white chicken and a white goat and ask for for­give­ness from our gods”.

He said it was un­for­tu­nate that in Koro-koro, party mem­bers were di­vided into two ri­val armed groups.

He said this had turned the party into a laugh­ing stock that preached peace “but our mem­bers are killing each other like dogs, turn­ing our ral­lies into a bat­tle­field”.

He urged the party faith­ful to de­sist from car­ry­ing weapons to ral­lies and also im­plored the po­lice to speed­ily in­ves­ti­gate and ar­rest the sus­pect (s).

“I’m earnestly ap­peal­ing to all AD mem­bers to de­sist from car­ry­ing guns or any other weapon to our elec­toral ral­lies.

“I take the re­spon­si­bil­ity of invit­ing po­lice to search you and your cars. Our ral­lies can­not be turned into bat­tle­fields to shame the AD while we watch.

“It is my earnest ap­peal to the po­lice to in­ves­ti­gate and they should not be ashamed to ar­rest our mem­bers who are found to be on the wrong side of the law,” he said adding, “no one is above the law”.

AD leader Monyane Moleleki.

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