NUL of­fi­cer re­lives or­deal

Lesotho Times - - News - Tefo Tefo

NA­TIONAL Univer­sity of Le­sotho (NUL) Mar­ket­ing Of­fi­cer, Thapelo Sephiri this week re­lived his har­row­ing or­deal where he was in­jured by the po­lice dur­ing the stu­dent protests at the Roma cam­pus on Mon­day.

Mr Sephiri told the Le­sotho Times that it all started when he tried to peep through the win­dow to see what was hap­pen­ing at the main gate of the univer­sity where most of the drama was tak­ing place.

“I heard a lot of noise as stu­dents were run­ning away and I stood up from my chair to peep through the win­dow to see what was re­ally hap­pen­ing, Mr Sephiri said, adding, “Sud­denly I heard a gun­shot and I felt some­thing on my cheek”.

“I no­ticed there were bro­ken glasses on my cheek and sat back on the chair in con­fu­sion.

“I was confused for about five min­utes not know­ing what to do. I was won­der­ing what had hap­pened to me. I thought I had been shot un­til I re­alised that I only sus­tained mi­nor in­juries from the glasses of a bro­ken win­dow,” he said.

He said he was taken to St Joseph’s Hospi­tal in Roma where he was treated as an out-pa­tient.

“I was not badly in­jured but I have never been fright­ened like that be­fore,” he added.

He said he was still fail­ing to un­der­stand how he got in­jured in his of­fice “which is quite a dis­tance from the main gate where the protests were hap­pen­ing.”

“I am now afraid to sit next to the win­dow be­cause of the or­deal.”

NUL’S Stu­dents Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Coun­sel (SRC) sec­re­tary gen­eral, Thato Ponya yes­ter­day said 16 stu­dents sus­tained in­juries dur­ing the protests.

“16 stu­dents have been re­ported as vic­tims of at­tacks by the po­lice dur­ing the protests at both (Roma and In­sti­tute of Ex­tra-mu­ral Stud­ies Maseru) cam­puses.

“Most of them sus­tained mi­nor in­juries, ex­cept two who are re­ported to have sus­tained more se­ri­ous in­juries,” Mr Ponya said.

Some stu­dents sus­tained in­juries after po­lice fired rub­ber bul­lets to dis­perse them as they protested out­side their cam­puses.

They were protest­ing over Prime Min­is­ter Pakalitha Mo­sisili’s al­leged fail­ure to ad­dress griev­ances con­cern­ing their bur­saries from the Na­tional Man­power De­vel­op­ment Sec­re­tariat (NMDS).

Among other is­sues, the stu­dents are de­mand­ing bur­saries for stu­dents pur­su­ing some of the Diploma cour­ses which in­clude Mass Com­mu­ni­ca­tion at the IEMS cam­pus.

They also want their monthly and book al­lowances in­creased.

They fur­ther de­manded “that the pur­ported fees debt by NUL stu­dents who are spon­sored by NMDS be cov­ered im­me­di­ately by NMDS, as it is a right of ev­ery Mosotho to be given spon­sor­ship”.

How­ever, Dr Mo­sisili on Tues­day re­sponded to the pe­ti­tion made by the NUL stu­dents on 30 March 2017.

Dr Mo­sisili said some of the is­sues raised by stu­dents were al­ready un­der dis­cus­sion be­tween the gov­ern­ment and the NUL man­age­ment.

IEMS stu­dents run away from the po­lice dur­ing the skir­mishes on Tues­day.

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