Moleleki con­demns killing of for­eign­ers

Lesotho Times - - News - Lim­pho Sello

DEPUTY Prime Min­is­ter, Monyan­monyane Molelekiki (pic­tured), has con­demned the killingsk of Chi­nese and other for­eign na­tion­als, na­tion a say­ing such crim­i­nal ac­tiv­i­ties pre­vented the coun­try­try from fully re­al­is­ing the eco­nomice­conomi ben­e­fits they brought to the coun­try through their in­vest­ments. vest­ments. Mr Moleleki said this dur­ing tthe re­cent gala din­ner to com­mem­o­rate the fi­first an­niver­sary versa ry of the Chi­nese Com­mu­nity and the Se­cu­rity Co­op­er­a­tion Cen­tre (CCSCC) in Maseru. The CCSCC was of­fi­cially launched on 4 July, 22016 with the aim of cre­at­in­cre­at­ing a safer en­vi­ron­ment for ththe Chi­nese com­mu­nity in Lesle­sotho. This came agaa­gainst the back­ground of crim­i­nal in­ci­dents that re­sulted in the killings oof at least seven Chi­nese na­tion­als.als. Mr Moleleki­molelek at­tend­eded last year’year’s launch cer­e­mony in hhis ca­pac- ity as then Min­is­ter of Po­lice.

Speak­ing at the first an­niver­sary com­mem­o­ra­tions, Mr Moleleki said the num­ber of killings had dropped from seven in 2015 to just two af­ter the launch of the cen­tre.

He how­ever, called for end to the killings, say­ing even one “Chi­nese na­tional killed was one too many”.

“When a project like this starts any right think­ing, per­son should ask them­selves about statis­tics,” Mr Moleleki said, adding, “In this case the statis­tics of Chi­nese peo­ple killed a year be­fore the project was es­tab­lished is seven and now the num­ber has dropped to two”.

“I would like to wel­come Chi­nese and I’m sure that we all that agree that two Chi­nese peo­ple killed is too many. In fu­ture, I would want to in­vite you to cel­e­brate zero killings.

“The Chi­nese come here in good will and they are in­vestors. They did not cross the bor­der to come here to suf­fer at the hands of crim­i­nals.

“The Chi­nese never colonised us and never looked down on us, so let us ap­pre­ci­ate them and let us pro­tect them. It’s not good to at­tack for­eign­ers and it’s not good to have a rep­u­ta­tion of ha­rass­ing them.”

He said it was nec­es­sary to pro­tect peo­ple who came to in­vest and cre­ate jobs for Ba­sotho.

For his part, the CCSCC Direc­tor, Chen Thabiso Ke­hui said the cen­tre had helped cre­ate a cor­dial at­mos­phere of co-ex­is­tence, adding be­fore its in­cep­tion, the Chi­nese ex­pe­ri­enced chal­lenges re­lat­ing to their se­cu­rity in the coun­try.

“Cur­rently we are safe and feel more wel­come and pro­tected than be­fore. We are there­fore very grate­ful to the Le­sotho Mounted Po­lice Ser­vice for their co­op­er­a­tion,” Mr Chen said.

He said Chi­nese busi­nesses used to be tar­geted by rob­bers but this had since changed af­ter the es­tab­lish­ment of the cen­tre.

“In var­i­ous in­stances, seven Chi­nese peo­ple were killed but it is bet­ter now. I’m sure po­lice are do­ing their all to pro­tect Chi­nese peo­ple to live in peace.”

He said as much as they pro­tected them from crim­i­nals, the po­lice also had duty to bring to book Chi­nese na­tion­als who fell foul of the coun­try’s laws.

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