Churches body calls for peace

Lesotho Times - - News - Mo­halenyane Phakela

THE Chris­tian Coun­cil of Lesotho (CCL) has called on the na­tion, in­clud­ing gov­ern­ment, the op­po­si­tion and the gen­eral pub­lic to ob­serve the rule of law to en­sure peace and sta­bil­ity in the coun­try.

The CCL also warned against me­dia po- lar­i­sa­tion, say­ing this had con­trib­uted to the cur­rent cli­mate of im­punity and con­se­quent in­sta­bil­ity in the coun­try.

It made the call in a state­ment that was re­leased in the af­ter­math of Tues­day’s gun bat­tle at Ratjo­mose Bar­racks in Maseru which claimed the lives of Lesotho De­fence Force Com­man­der, Lieu­tenant Gen­eral Khoan­tle Motšo­motšo, Brigadier Bu­lane Sechele and Colonel Tefo Hashatsi.

The state­ment also fol­lowsws claims by the op­po­si­tion Lesotho Con­gress­ress for De­moc-democ­racy (LCD) that its deputyy leader, Tšeliso Mokhosi, who is fac­ing mur­derur­der charges in con­nec­tion with the deathh of Po­lice Con­sta­ble (PC) Mokalekale Khethenghetheng was tor-tor­tured in po­lice cus­tody lastt week.

LCD leader, Mo­thetjoa Mets­ing subse-sub­se­quently fled the coun­try onn 29 Au­gust 2017 and he was fol­lowed two daysays later by the deputy leader of the Demo­crat­ic­cratic Congress, Mathi­beli Mokhothu.

Both claimed they had fled in fear for their lives but gov­ern­mentt im­me­di­ately de­nied they or any­one elsee in the op­po­si­tion had been tar­geted for­for elim­ina-elim­i­na­tion.

In its Tues­day state­ment,nt, the CCL noted that “we have, foror sev­eral times re­leased state­mentss plead­ing with the gov­ern­ment, op­po­si­tion and the en­tire na­tion to shy away from things that di­vide thehe na­tion tor­ture, fur­ther ask­ing for all stake-stake­hold­ers to en­gage in a di­a­logueia­logue to fos­ter peace”.

“This state­ment fur­ther serves to re­mind peo­ple that for a na­tion to be peace­ful it has to be gov­erned by the rule of law. We have noted that peo­ple are be­ing ar­rested and tor­tured and again it is with great sor­row that we learned that three top LDF of­fi­cials were killed.

“It has also come to our at­ten­tion that the me­dia has di­vided it­self among po­lit­i­cal par­ties, tak­ing sides and this has caused di­vi­sions within the na­tion fur­ther pro­mot­ing the spirit of re­venge. Need we re­mind the me­dia that its man­date is to in­form the pub­lic? There­fore, we urge the me­dia prac­ti­tion­ers to act ac­cord­ingly.”

The state­ment was signed by the Ro­man Catholic Church’s Arch­bishop Tlali Lerotholi O.M.I; Bishop Mal­lane Taaso of the Angli­can Church of Lesotho; Rev­erend Tšeliso Masemene of the Lesotho Evan­gel­i­cal Church of South­ern Africa; Rev­erend Mapeete Mokhosi of the African Methodist Church and Rev­erend Mon­a­heng Sekese of As­sem­blies of God Lesotho on be­half of the CCL.

Ro­man Catholic Church’s Arch­bishop Tlali Lerotholi.

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