King pays tribute to Tšosane

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His Majesty King Letsie III
His Majesty King Letsie III

Billy Ntaote

His Majesty King Letsie III on Sunday described slain businessman Thabiso Tšosane as a true friend who supported the Royal family “no-matter the odds”.

The King also said the late businessman looked after the elderly and orphans and never discriminated against anyone in his generosity.

His Majesty was speaking at the burial of the late entrepreneur who was shot dead by unknown assailants on the night of 9 May in Ha Tsolo.

Thousands of mourners from all walks of life attended Sunday’s funeral at Mr Tšosane’s Thuathe Plateau home, with speaker after speaker singing the praises of the “selfless” and “self-made” businessman whose interests ranged from construction to public transport.

“I’m really ashamed and in deep mourning because of this very cruel person who took Tšosa’s life. What happened to this man, this killing, is a clear sign that as a people, as a country, we are really sick.

“We are sick in the mind and our hearts. Such terrible acts are only done by sick people. As Christians, as Basotho, you know this kind of sickness can only be healed by prayer. I invite you, as Christians, to come and pray together, not only on Sundays but all the time and even at our places of work and ask God to heal us because we are truly a sick people,” His Majesty told the mourners.

“I pray for God to heal Basotho because such criminal acts that took away our beloved Tšosane should come to an end.”

However, His Majesty added the fact that Lesotho could produce a man of  Mr Tšosane’s character meant all was not lost.

“In as much as we are such a sick society, the fact that this nation could give birth to someone like Tšosane means all is not lost; there is still hope.

“Tšosa brought love to a lot of people, as well as happiness. He was entertaining to some of us. My true belief is that God loves us and will never abandon us. To you, the sons and daughters of Tšosane, you should have faith that God will bring you justice and give judgment in your favour against the person who took away your father,” said King Letsie III.

“My part is to thank you all who have come here today, on behalf of the Tšosane family and on behalf of Tšosane himself, where he is now resting. I believe if he sees this huge gathering and hears us pay tribute to all the good he did for Basotho, he will be happy and rest in peace. I had not known Thabiso Tšosane for long. Some of you grew up with him, played with him as a young man, and I had  only known him for about 10 years.

“But due to his cheerful character, it seemed as if I had known him all my life. It didn’t take long for me to look at him as a true friend, who would support me through thick and thin. I stand here to thank him for the love he gave me; the respect he gave me and the strong support that Tšosa gave me and my whole family.”

The King reiterated that Mr Tšosane was a true man of the people.

“You heard that he was a man of many names; you heard me calling him Tšosa, a name that didn’t originate from me but from someone or one man whom Tšosa used to call ‘Ralitender’. I won’t reveal who Ralitender is. All you should know is that he is now an honourable man and we shared ideas with him together. He ended pushing his campaign in Lithoteng and is now a Member of Parliament,” the King said.

King Letsie III wondered who would crack jokes in his presence now, with Mr Tšosane gone.

“I don’t know who is going to call me now or who I will call when I go to Leribe or Berea, because Tšosa phone call me when I passed by his offices in Ha Mabote and ask where I was going. And I would gladly tell him but now that he has left this world, I don’t know who is going to assume this role.

“When I was bored, I would call and he would not hesitate to say he would go drink five roses tea  with me. I don’t know who is going to do this now.”

The King also said it had become customary for him to share a meal with Mr Tšosane during the Christmas holiday.

“We would be together at my home in Matsieng, most specifically on Boxing Day. We would meet to eat and drink together and he would entertain us with his jokes,” said King Letsie III, amid thunderous applause from the crowd, most of whom were clad in All Basotho Convention (ABC)’s yellow regalia.

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