‘We are marked for death’

MASERU — The Lesotho Political Parties Leadership Forum yesterday alleged there is a “hit squad” that had been assigned to kill prominent people ahead of the May 26 election.

In a statement opposition leaders said they had heard rumours that the hit squad had been assigned to get rid of those “who are threatening the comfort and safety of some leaders”.

But Ralechate ‘Mokose, the secretary general of the Democratic Congress, last night dismissed the opposition charge as an attempt to frustrate the electoral process and push for a government of national unity.

The forum, which is a grouping of opposition party leaders that seeks to advance opposition interests, condemned what it called “seemingly intentional murders” of politicians and prominent figures in Lesotho in recent years.

The forum said it was shocked and disturbed by the killings which have happened over the years under Prime Minister Pakalitha Mosisili’s leadership.

The statement comes a week after ABC deputy chairman, Sello Machakela, was shot and killed by armed gunmen at his home in Sekamaneng.

Machakela was killed amid rumours he was about to defect to Mosisili’s newly-formed DC party following a fallout with the ABC leadership.

The leaders said they feared that like others before him, Machakela’s murder would become yet another cold case.

The leaders said government ministers responsible for safety and security should have clarified matters following rumours about the “hit list”.

They added the government’s response was in sharp contrast to what happened after armed men attacked Mosisili and the military barracks on April 22, 2009.

“Mosisili’s government worked tirelessly day and night until it succeeded in arresting the perpetrators,” the leaders said.

They said they were still waiting to hear the status of police investigations into the killing of BNP deputy leader Bereng Sekhonyana.

Sekhonyana was shot and killed in 2003 as he entered the gate of his Ha-Hoohlo residence.

Another prominent leader, Dominic Motikoe, of the NIP was shot and killed in 2009 outside his home.

Another NIP official and former MP, Ford Jobo, was also murdered and his killers were never brought to book.

The leaders also cited the attempted murder last month of ABC chairman, Molobeli Soulo.

Soulo, an MP of the ABC, was shot and wounded in the foot as he was about to enter his house.

“Investigations into these murders, which authorities are saying are being seriously conducted, have so far yielded nothing substantial,” the statement said.

A spokesman for the forum, Sello Maphalla, last night said they were concerned about their safety.

“We also want to avoid the possibility of disillusionment leading to voter apathy owing to fears of the polls by the electorate,” Maphalla said.

He said the fact that Mosisili had beefed up his security meant something sinister was going on.

Maphalla said they had written a letter to the Christian Council of Lesotho requesting it to facilitate a meeting between the government and the opposition “to assure us that all is well”.

The statement was signed by 13 opposition party leaders of the Lesotho Workers Party, Popular Front for Democracy, Basotho National Party and All Basotho Convention.

Marematlou Freedom Party, African Unity Movement, Basotho Batho Democratic Party and National Independent Party also signed the document.

‘Mokose said the opposition was trying to come up with reasons to suspend elections and establish a government of national unity because they knew their chances of making it into parliament were slim.

“The National Assembly Electoral Act 2011 does not provide for the two-vote system which enabled parties to easily secure PR seats. It’s not that easy anymore and they are frustrated,” ‘Mokose said.

‘Mokose said it was unfair to link the murder of Machakela with the DC because “he was one of us”.

“He even attended our last caucus after the adjournment of parliament. Even his ABC constituency of Malimong was about to join the DC. I have a letter addressed to my office as the secretary general,” ‘Mokose said.

“It’s a pity that some of the events that were supposed to have taken place were overtaken by Machakela’s untimely death.”

“How could Machakela be a threat to us when he was one of us? They are trying to hide their actions by portraying us as bad people. But that cannot happen in Lesotho.”

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27 thoughts on “‘We are marked for death’

  1. e thata taba, joale whts nxt? Hobaneng re sa emele hore likhetho li fete ebe joale ho tla tsekoa tseo. Joale e hlaha e ka ba bohlanyetsi ha ba batle ho ea likhethong ‘me kea tseba hore seo ha se sona. Ha re eeng likhethong all is well, feela noha ha e qaloe mokoting.

  2. sekeleme sa hole March 29, 2012 at 9:46 am - Reply

    he maqhekoana ana a opposition a rata mashano. Aaache! Ke qala ho bona maqhekoana a ts’abang likhetho ha kana! Ooe! Ekaba re tla etsa joang?
    Ha ho uoeng likhethong Thabane le Malebo le tlohele ho ferekanya sechaba.
    Ho joang kajeno? Helele Bashanyana! Malauoa!
    In DC I trust.

  3. All is not well in Lesotho right now and for a long time.These unsolved homicides,rapes and unlawnesses.Please Politicians rise above these corrupt situations and carry this country to prosperity.Fighting and fussing for power among yourselves lead us nowhere.

  4. These attacks started with the now re-shuffled ministers- Phooko,Metsing,Ntsinyi,lebesa after they were to defeat the candidates of someone.Even to date we do not know who killed Mr.Baholo the then Deputy Prime Minister, watch out a top official in one new party is behind the murders , who killed that volunteer who resided at Malie’s place!when Machakela anticipate to join the new party he dies , those people he left in 2006 therefore they felt that they were not ready to welcome him like they did with Nchai and company.

  5. Ha re eeng likhethong, ha ho na motho ea tlo bolaea e mong mona! however, qoba ho utloisa batho bohloko hobane ba tloha ba lekeha ba u isa masihloane. This is all due to immature quantum leaps by some people, – don’t make decisions that will hurt other people, when you are a politician , do consult, batho ba se ke ba utloa ho so thoe u tsetse ka lebatooa empa ba so etse qeto e joalo.

    Remember, there is always a limit to everything, le lipolotiking ho joalo! you fly too high – you get burnt by the sun rays! e mong le e mong o bolaoa ke boima ba libe tsa hae, Amen.

  6. Them leaders let the people down with their sugar coated promises.Them alone are above their own made laws and expect poor Jah people to obey.Mr Policeman bring all these culprits before judgement-surely you know your job(no more excuses of years of investigations).Justice must apply to all of us and those politician inclusively.

    Share the profits with us all in the name of peace.

  7. Banna le basali ba heso, hit-squad eona e teng, e hiroa ke mang kapa mang ea batlang ho phetha merero ea hae. Ke le belaella kaofela lona bo-ralipolotiki, taba eo ke e bonang ke hore ea tla atleha ho bolaea targets tsa hae ka bongata ke ea nang le chelete ea tla hira hit-squad ha ngata ho feta lira tsa hae.


  9. Hantle taba ena ea lipolao eona ena le moroteletsi oa eona. Lefu la Machakela ke sesupo hobang a bolaoa haa khema le DC? Batho baa hase bona bale ba neng ba hlasele State house. Ba kae bo Makototoko le baetsana ba bo bona. Hana e ne ele ba mokha ofe? Na le ntse le re ha le tsebe ‘molai. Ruri le hana leha info e itse toala ka pela lona tjee? Jwale Moliko eena o tsekiswang? Helele bashanyana, malauoa

  10. Hona joale likatana ke tseno li jele MOliko maobane.re r’eng le moo? Oa tseba ho latela pelo ea ka e bonyofa joang, whoever shall rule Lesotho mona ke utloa le eena ke sa ‘matle.Ebileng motho e mong “mosali moholo ka lipoling joale tjena”

  11. Molimo, a k’u boloke Lesotho
    U felise lintoa le mats’oenyeho
    Oho! Fats’e lena la bo-ntat’a rona
    Le be le khotso

  12. @Mahleneka, ea lokelang ho thola ke uena, unless u tseba haholo ka lipolao tsena tse etsahalang, re fe information ka Hit Squad, otherwise Molisana ke uena u buoang ka ntho tseo u se nang bonnete ba tsona! halala!

  13. Selala ha a shoa ka 2003 hle Editor. I can’t remember if it was 2005 or 2006. Feela ke kaekae moo. Boholo ba mosebetsi oa lona re ao bapatsa mme le ka nyolla boemo boo le hofeta by getting your facts right or avoiding to printing anything that you are not certainly sure of. I’m saying this because this kind of mistake happens quite often in your publications.

  14. jo nna Molele oe! Ma Don’t Condomisers? khilik! Ba re Mccd o na re lentsoe la limo leha leka ba makherehloa mongalona e ntse le limo.Hona ho re ruta hore le ha size 2 a ka re nyoe-nyoe…e ntse le eena eane oa maoba le maobane.Lona basali ba lifemeng le tlo bona masepa le tle le mo khethe.E tlo le monyela joalo ka pele tlala le tla bona

  15. It funny how our leaders show their desire for power and money.just think of it;no matter who rules/wins money is involved which is why people are “willing” to give away their lives.I personally don’t trust any leader.Basotho this leaders don’t care about you,they don’t even care about their party mates.its all abt $$.I hate to say thre is no solution to all this.

  16. hit spuad eona e teng lam afraid ke bona li 26 lile hole kea tsaba ke bona eka mabitla a tlabe ale mangata haholo

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  18. some 1 out there is getting rid of all good leaders in lesotho, they fear the outcome of the elections so they think the best way to deal with this is by eliminating other people look at MR Machakela who was gun downed from his home…

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