Mosisili tells supporters to fight back
By webmaster On 21 Apr, 2012 At 07:52 PM | Categorized As Local, News | With 2 Comments

Bongiwe Zihlangu

MASERU — The Democratic Congress has vowed to fight back after its supporters were attacked by an alleged opposition mob at a rally on Thursday afternoon.
More than 10 people were injured and a number of cars were damaged in the clash that started when an alleged opposition mob stormed the DC rally at the Thetsane Industrial area.
The opposition supporters were clad in All Basotho Convention (ABC), Lesotho Workers’ Party (LWP) and the Lesotho Congress for Democracy (LCD) regalia.
Waving their placards denouncing DC leader, Prime Minister Pakalitha Mosisili, the mob pushed through a plastic cordon to get closer to the tent which had been erected for senior DC officials.
As they drew closer to the DC supporters the opposition supporters started pushing the DC’s security marshals.
Hell broke loose when the marshals reacted by beating some of the opposition supporters with sticks.
The opposition then retaliated by throwing stones at the security personnel.
Instead of intervening the few police officers who were at the rally ran for their dear lives.
Soldiers and riot police had to be called to restore order before Mosisili could address his supporters.
On Friday DC’s secretary general Ralechate ’Mokose said his party “is not going take any further attacks lying down”.
He said if DC supporters are attacked again “they will react in the natural way that humans react to an attack”.
’Mokose said the DC will not report the attack to the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) Tribunal because it won’t make a difference.
This, he said, was because when the DC complained that some opposition supporters heckled Mosisili at a rally in Maputsoe on April 4 the IEC Tribunal chaired by Advocate Sakoane Sakoane said there was nothing wrong with people being heckled at political rallies.
“Why then should we waste our time going to the same tribunal that said its okay for opposition supporters to attend our rallies in their party regalia and heckle our leader?” said ’Mokose.
He said the IEC must take the blame for the violence at Thursday’s rally.
“The IEC tribunal said political rallies were not like churches and no law prohibits people from heckling others. The violence on Thursday was part of the process that started with the heckling that the tribunal said was fine.”
“If at all we decide to approach the tribunal in future we are going to ask Sakoane to recuse himself first.”
After the clashes on Thursday Mosisili also told his supporters to retaliate if opposition parties disrupt their rallies.
“If they try to disrupt your rallies, you should retaliate with all your might and give it back to them. Yes, I am saying that,” Mosisili said in his speech at the rally after the violent clashes.
“We should discipline these lunatics ourselves. Yes, I am saying exactly that. You should never let them walk all over you.”
He however warned DC youths against attacking members of the opposition unless they are provoked.
“If you are provoked, then you should fight back.”
“Whoever picks on you ensure that you discipline them firmly.”
An emotional Mosisili also launched a scathing attack on the IEC tribunal for dismissing the DC’s complaints over the heckling in Maputsoe.
“Well, maybe Mr Sakoane will be happy to learn today that blood has been shed.
“I even told church leaders that attempts to disrupt our rallies will result in blood-shed.”
The DC will never give in to the violent tactics being used by the opposition, he said.
“The more they try to stop us from holding rallies, the more defiant we should be in our cause.
“We need to be stronger and braver and take matters into our own hands.”
He said after the clashes he had been advised to cancel his speech but he refused.
“I’d never have turned back, whether they liked it or not.
“We’re using our right as a political party to hold rallies to campaign.
“We were issued a permit to hold this rally,” Mosisili said.

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  1. Kokota says:

    This is ‘war talk’. The PM is on a warpath. He can be irresponsible at times. Instead of ensuring law enforcement agencies do their part in providing security and preventing violence the Premier himself advocates retaliation and more violence. After all he has authority over law enforcement agencies.

    With such attitudes from people of authority how can we have a violence free election.

    • Augustina says:

      Utloang bo-Kokota, wartalk, my foot! when war has been waged upon Mosisili surpoters on two ocassions, in Maputsoe and Ha Thetsane, and ends up with his suporters shedding blood, while the police “ran for dear life” you are saying Mosisili instigates war? you are not hearing yourself! The war has been waged by the ABC, LCD, BNP and Mosisisli who has not been protected by the IEC tribunal tells people that they should protect themselvels; u re wartalk, mxm! Hei, Macongress se qaluoe banna!

  2. Lethula says:

    Ha u its’ireletsa le thepa ea hao hase tlolo ea molao.Tlolo ea molao ke ha u qholotsa batho joaloka manazi le manazi-’moi (matoala le manonyana). Ha ba sa tla hlola ba e pheta ntho eno ea bona.Ho makatsang ke hore manonyana ese e le manazi-’moi II kamor’a matoala. Bothata ke hore Menepe o hanne ho etsa ‘coalition’ pele ho likhetho kaha a re o na le batho ba bangata ho feta metinyane e meng. Motinyane o mong le o mong o tla ikemela ‘me hona ho fa DC monyetla oa ho hlola likhetho ha bonolo.

  3. semenekane says:

    Khiliki! Mr Makoae le ena o hara mokhopi oa batho ba otliloeng? Hard luck my brothers and sisters, taba ena re e ts’oela ka mathe ruri kaha e ka re senyetsa likhetho tse lokollohileng.

    Enoa ea ntseng a khothalletsa hore batho ba iphethetse, o hloka a counseling e matla haholo. Motho oa boemo ba Letona la Ts’irelletso ebile e le PM e be a ka bua tje on LTV? Ruri mehlolo ke batho mesenene ke linoha.

    Hona ke ponts’o ea motho ea maqakabetsing. Halala! U ne u re u tla fella kae monnaeso?. Sesa felleng se ea hlola, khale le benya re fetlama. Kajeno hase maobane, etsoe lilemo li ea loeana hle.

    Re tl’o u futhela ka lifouto, metheho ea hau e tla tsitsinyeha. U ne u nahana hore IEC e ka u bolella hore lipolotiki hase kerekeng?. Ho joang kajeno?. U will never taste peace in ur life with effect from now onwards.

    Come 26 May, re tl’o u nts’a ofising kamorao hore re u hlole ka likhetho. Kamorao ho moo ho tla etsahala eng?. U tla hatoha bomo eo u e lutseng holimo, u nt’o kotula litholoana tsa mosebetsi ea hau ea lefifi

  4. Monamoli says:

    Seka hlohleletsa ntoa hle morena oaka, Basotho rea tsoalana rea amana, khalema hantle etsoe u le moetapele oa sechaba sa basotho ka kakaretso. Ka nako e ngoe batho ba buoa ba utloile bohloko ba sitoe ho nahana pele, ha e hate ka maro hle mofokeng etsoe ba hao bana bona ba tla be ba bolokehile, joale ke bana ba batho ba bang ba tla loana ba be ba lemale. kea u kopa hle ntate khalema joalo ka moetapele.

  5. Letsatsi says:

    Ntate Mosisili le Ntate Mokose, e tle ere ha ho loanoa le itsereletsa le etsa mosebetsi o tsoileng matsoho le late bana ba lona moho le lona lebe ka pele moleng oa ntoa ke tle ke bone bohlabani ba lona. Ke rata ho le hopotsa hore mane Bothabothe motho o na thungoe ntate Mosisili a ntse a buoa, you know!!! he just went on with his speech. So this is the kind of a man who calls people to fight for his personal interests in the name of people. Joale tsebang ha ase a busa o tla le siea lele mehoboko lele liritsa le lemetse. Aja monate le metsoalle bo Sekatle le bo Mahaletere jj

  6. Oa Ha Maama says:

    Ntoa ke ntho e empe me e lokela ho qojoa ka hohle ka moo motho ea ka nahanang. Rona re kile ra loana le banna ba Koro Koro re tseka maboella, hoa shoa bana ba batho he ntoa e boima. Ntate Mosisili tlohella ho hlohloletsa ntoa thaka ntona. Ele hore hau sana tsepo sepoleseng? Haele moo u re batho ba inkele molao matshohong na u tla e emela taba ee? Hela ntate na ua hopola bothata boo u neng o bo bake ka hore mapolesa a ntse batsoaruoa mokubeloana? Hoa eba joang ha mapolesa antsa mokubeloana? I am ebarassed by the man of your statue to instigate violance. A tooth for a tuth has no place naheng ea democracy e busoang ka molao.

  7. Matabola says:

    hw can good leader a bua taba tse tje. Morena Jesu una re ha motho a u otla mofe lerama leleng.jwale ena ure u lwane le wena. na ke mokreste tje?

  8. Matabola says:

    o kae manyetse?

  9. Mpoti says:

    Mafutsana ana a Lesotho a ka tloha a ea loana ka hose tlale hona hoa bona. Keng le sa ‘motse hore na haa behe bana ba hae frontline boiphetetsong moo? Kaha basotho haba tlala ba ka tloha ba nna ba baka merusu e tahiloeng kahara naha ka mona, ebe ho shoa bona bo mohale! Hee basotho ba bang ke lihole lefats’eng!!!

  10. ea mannete says:

    rea kopa ebilie rea rapela hle ntate mosisili, lintoa tsena tseo o li khothaletsang li tlo re ekeletsa likhutsana tse fetang tse teng. Ako bue ka tsele enngoe, hare khothaletse lintoa le se etsahetseng ha thetsane re se tsoe’la ka mathe re le oppositions supporters. hope you will change your mind in future. wish you all the best in the coming elections. la chaba!

  11. Kemisto says:

    Fight back or not …………..ea fofa Nonyana

  12. makara says:

    kannete nnete hona ke masepa bra t’set’seli, taba ena hase uena le mosali oa hao betheng.

  13. Blue Collar says:

    @Mpoti…Oena o morui oa kae? Ha o oa Lesotho? I’m also against violence, but I find it ironic see that someone who seems to be so gullible and ignorant as you are could equally be so arrogant.

  14. Blue Collar says:

    @Mpoti…Oena o morui oa kae? Ha o oa Lesotho? I’m also against violence, but I find it ironic that someone who seems to be so gullible and ignorant as you are could equally be so arrogant

  15. Lethula says:

    He a pota ‘ma’bolae oa ho bitsoang ‘Lesotho Council of Anti-Governmental Organisations (LCA). 1. O hloloa ho ts’oela ka mathe litlokotsebe tsa manazi, manazi-’moi I (Menepe’s fiefdom=abc), manazi-II (manonyana) le ma-fawu a billy o ntse a akaretsa le ho qhomaka joaloka monna a phunya paola. 2. O ts’ireletsa shakoane ka ntho eo eena asa latoleng hore o e buile. 3. Joaloka ba bang bana ba bo o fetola moelelo oa taelo ea Ntate ho Ma-DC. Ntate o phetile ho feta hararo hore Ma-DC a se qale merusu ka tsela efe kapa efe empa ha ba kenngoa monoana ka leihlong ba its’ireletse ka hohle-hohle haholo ha mapolesa a balehile. 4. O iphapanyetsa hore ka 1998 manazi le bo-malebo,qhobela le deborah ba ne ba qale tjena ha ba tla kenya masole bo sako le tshukudu moea oa hore ba tsohele ‘muso matla le ho chesa litoropo. Hoja ba khalemela ntat’a bona Menepe hore a khalemele seka motho sena se bitsoang libe se its’oare joaloka batho ba phelang hantle.

  16. Mosareloa says:

    Mali ke ntho e ratoang naheng ena kea bona. Ebile ke hopola Israel Manosa.

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