Thabane promises to fight fire with fire
By webmaster On 16 Feb, 2013 At 09:57 PM | Categorized As Local, News | With 2 Comments

Caswell Tlali

MASERU — Prime Minister Thomas Thabane says the police will “return fire with fire” when attacked in their duty to stamp out crime. Thabane told parliament on Thursday that the police have a “right to self-defence against armed criminals who rob Basotho of their opportunity to be wealthy by stealing their livestock and other properties”.

The premier was answering questions from the former home affairs assistant minister and Democratic Congress MP, Lineo Molise-Mabusela. Molise-Mabusela had asked police minister to shed light on the number of people who were brutally assaulted by the police or military during an operation called Kobo-anela.She also wanted to know the number of those who have been compensated by the government for the injuries inflicted by the police and the costs they incurred in hospital bills.

The former assistant minister also wanted to know the criteria used in selecting areas where the police operation would take place and whether the police or military took into consideration the rights of the people affected by the operation. Police Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office, Mophato Monyake, who has since been appointed Justice Minister, was not in parliament.

So, Thabane, being directly responsible for the police and the army stood up to answer the questions. “We will return fire to those who shoot us,” Thabane said. “Sometimes we invite the army to reinforce us because these boys, the thieves, have more sophisticated weapons that the police do not have,” he said. “Their guns can only be matched by the ones the army has.”

Thabane said it was worrying that many Basotho living in the mountainous regions grow marijuana and exchange it for guns with South Africans, especially those in the Kwa-Zulu-Natal province. Thabane said the police, in the Operation Kobo-anela, are searching for such illegal firearms and in the process they get shot and in retaliation they shoot the criminals.

He said MPs should help curb the proliferation of illegal firearms if Lesotho is to reduce livestock theft. He made an example with a family in Lebakeng, Qacha’s Nek, which lost 7 000 sheep to thieves. “I visited that family and found them pitiable after thieves stole all 7 000 of their livestock, their only means of livelihood,” he said. The prime minister said the government will check if there are people who have been assaulted during police operations.

“We will make a follow-up to see who has been assaulted and who has not. As for public servants who were injured during the course of duty we have full responsibility because they were sent by us,” he said. He said they relied on tip offs from the public and chiefs on the villages they were to search during the operation. Other searches were based on intelligence gathered by police’s undercover agents.

Concerning the people’s rights, Thabane said those in the wrong “should be arrested and the police have a right to arrest them”. He however appealed to the MPs and the public to report to the authorities any police or military officer who misbehaves.
Police and the military will conduct their operations within the confines of the law, he said.
He pledged that by the end of five years he will have drastically reduced stock and car theft.

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  1. semenekane says:

    Fire to fire Bro Tom. We are sick and tired of thieves who always steal Basotho’s animals.

    Mabusela is parliament advocate for thieves. Theft and corruption is Pitsa’s slogans. Khidik!

  2. Koko inama says:

    Hantle okene ka khekhethane kapa o lebatooeng la hokae haeka o ikemiselitse bobolu tjee kapa monna’e ke lesholu? Ha habo ke hokae ena enoa?

  3. molakolako says:

    Ehlile .ua bolela Semenekane, Diner enoa ehlile o tsela leano la bona le linokoane hantle! E long hore DC .ke party ea linokoane.

  4. Khomo ea Molatelle says:

    Boetapele ba sechaba ke mpho. KHOELI E APOHETSOE KE MARU.Tsohle li pepeneneng. Dr PM, u hlokomele le ba se nang molato ha u ntse u felisa bosholu hle. fire by fire!!!!!!!

  5. Lekwete says:

    Dineo e sale e le sebuelaruri thats why a batlang ho emela corruption kea kgolwa ngwaneno wa batho a monyetseng o opelwa ke hlooho

  6. Oa Phasemane says:

    Manashenale, Putso ea Dineo was simple, How mangy people were brutally assualted, during Kobo anela?, Thomo ha a raba, u tsebile ho bua joalo ka lenkoane feela qha! Semenekane aku phete Tom ka potso ena hape ” how many people were assulted, not who assulteed , neither ” were they rightfully assualted, nor who assulted” Tom potso enai o e fuoa pele a eo botsa liofisiri/ BAHLANKA antano tla araba, o hloloa ke nthoena ea ho matha li ‘misa le tsebetsong tsa likereke, ho leboha bane ba neng ba mo rapella le ho mea matsoho,.

  7. mabote says:

    Nahana haeba DC e ne e se e busa! Molimo o rata Lesotho hle.

  8. Inthanete says:

    I have realised that batho ba rata petty politics. Motho oa teng o ba bitter le mo ho sa hlokahaleng. Any MP e na le rite ea ho botsa potso in parly. Lineo o entse hantle a botse potso molemong oa li-morons tse petty tse kang bo semenekane. When police n army conduct an operation, it doesn’t mean ba tlameha ho ikotlela motho e mong le e mong. Ke bo semenekane feela ba reng nonyana e otlelloa le sehlahla. Kopang Dr Thomo a arabe potso ea Lineo as an MP.

  9. masapo says:

    haho karabo e fetang oe PM a faneng ka oena! Hela ausy Lineo tsoela pele ho botsa ke tokelo ea hao etsoe o kenyelitsoe oena ntho oe ka paramenteng! Bao tsoepeletse hobane ba tseba o sebueng!

  10. Mokola says:

    arabang lipotso tsa Lineo le tlohele ho tlolaka tlolaka. there are many suspects who have been brutally murdered by police and soldiers; joale motho o bona a tlameha ho tsoa lekoeteng a bue ka nthla e le ‘ngoe feela, linthla li le ngata hakaale? khele

  11. semenekane says:

    @ Phasumane & Inthanete

    Lesholu lena le litokelo tsa eng? Haba ntse ba beta, ba selakha batho e ne e be ho lokile hoea ka lona le Lineo eo oa lona?

    Go hang men. Lesholu le lefa ka hlooho ea lona period.

  12. Tebello says:

    @Semenekane
    Tlohella ho meneka Semenekane, araba potso, Ho hlekefelitsoe batho ba bakae? ha re so bue ka mosholu ha ha joale!

  13. Lefefooane says:

    Lona Mapotoana, hantle Lineo Molise-Masomething eo ehlile le ebe le mo romme? I always find her advocating for corruption and fraud and wonder if indeed that is the way you(DC) want to woo people into joining DC.

  14. Lefefooane says:

    Well said Bro Tom, we must fight fire with fire. Naha ena mapotoana a ne ase ae fetotse lehae le sentele sa masholu le litlokotsebe. During DC reign, theives and robbers and fraudsters had more rights than their victims. It is true it will not take us a day to reverse the 15 year damage inflicted on this nation by Potoana but we must start somewhere.

  15. ..... says:

    “We will make a follow-up to see who has been assaulted and who has not. As for public servants who were injured during the course of duty…
    Le batla karabelo e feng? Ho monate ho ba opposition ha ho joalo?

  16. Mokoko oa Lihlaba says:

    Mabote,ngoaneso ,ngoanamme oaka ,oa tseba potso e e ea hao ke potso eo ke ipotsang eona mehla ena ,more especially ha utloa puo tsee tjee tsa lineo,hantle o entse joang ‘na ngoananyana eo,kea bona o nahana ke celeb,hei batho ba Molimooooo,Morena Molimo o hlohonolofatse Basotho ,o ba fe katleho mesebetsing e metle ea bona ,’me Lesotho le tsoele pele.O hlohonofatse le Baetapele ba Pusong oeleeeee.Hantle mona ene ele ha tali feela tjena.

  17. Ke enoa hee Mosali ea ts’epahallang Mahaletere….Ts’oara joalo ‘M’e…ts’oara joalo Nkhono.

  18. Phenyo says:

    It really beats me hore some comments li sitoa feela to address the real issue at hand, motho o bala pakeng tsa mela mona ebe o oa ngola. I mean really now potso ea Mabusela is substantial and in my opinion, she is doing a damn good job at being vocal in parliament while some of your so called MP’s are silent morons bao 2017 e tla beng e tlo fihla motho a so ahlamise molomo! Ho bona Lineo!

  19. Bobete says:

    @Oa Phasemane
    Joale oa pota, li-‘missa le ho tsamaea likereke ho kena kae litabeng tse? Iron sharpening iron, blood for blood, fire with fire, re tennoe ke litlokotsebe.

  20. Mokoko oa Lihlaba says:

    Koko Inama,hao tsebe hore ‘meme o keng joang ,akere batho ba leribe ba molahlile ba khetha ‘me Mamosothoane ,hoba ba tennoe ke ngoana enoa a lutseng ka mono le batho ba baholo,o kene ka khekhethane ka mono le lirope,ha o tsebe mahaltere o oa iminya menya moo,joale phalo e me le lesemela hona joale emong le emong o lelekisa hloho ea hae ,ke ntho ena a tla lula ele halaoleng e rekisang molomo ka potso tse ikarabileng ,a kere baba tla Lesotho moo ebe ha litlokotsebe.rona re batla ho robala maharona re sa koala ,re sa tsoha hore re tla bolaoa.

  21. semenekane says:

    Bro Tom o sebetsa ka thata ho loants’a bobolu le bosholu joale Potoana ena e bonahala e ts’ehetsa litloli tsa molao. Ke mokhoa o joang o tje?

    Basotho falimehang hape le khaotse ho matha kamora Lineo with out a vision. Hee! Re tenoe ke potoana ena ea Mahaletere.

    Bro Tom sebetsa ka thata Mapoto ana bolileng a ee teronkong

  22. MOJA-LI-BOGEN says:

    Feela joale bana beso ha re bueng, ha beng baa ba lona ha ba ne ba choabolakaka maruo a sechaba, ba sa ithuisi le ho ithuisa ba koalla chelete li-forishing esa potolohe chelete, kannete-nete re tlohela ho polotika, lemong sa 2017 naha ee e ne e tla be le letanta, bana ba lona ba ne ba tlo phela joang, ka eng kamoso? Sekeng la ba batho ba semenye tjena ka potoana hleng basotho, se ke la bolaeang lerato la naha ka meleqetso le bokakalope tsa babusi ba fitileng! Ha re tloheleng Dr T re mo feng sebae, mosotho emong le emong ea ratang nnete ea sa tarakangoang hlooho ke letho, o tseba hantle hore naha ena ea nala e ne e fetoha lesupi mahlong a rona.

    “Lineo! o na le tokelo ea ho botsa oena Moreotsana, (wa ukwa) empa o emelle moraonyana Manana re sa sebetsana le ho lokisa naha ena e sentsoeng ke bo ntatao, (wa ukwa hee)” nka be ke cholo joalo hoja ne ke le Dr Tom.

  23. tjontjobina says:

    Mapotoana ke matsoalle ea Masholu hoba ka masholu, ke mokhona ba ba tsireletsang, hona joale ba fepa sekoeta sa ne sa Sehlabeng sa moikakasi se bolaileng le ngoana mohlomphehi en moholo oa potoana, Le enoa ea khabelang ba batho ba mo thobisitse ka toronkong hore a se buoe taba tsa bona.
    Hee! o tenane ngoananyana tooe, o ba buelelle tjena ke kholoa o photla ka mali ana bana ba batho, joale he litlole

  24. Majara Ke Lebitso La Ka says:

    @Phenyo!! E hlile u bua nnete, Lineo is doing a damn good job; oa ho bua because she has a big mouth!!! O tsoepeletsoe hona and nothing else!!! Kea ipotsa hore na o (Lineo) nahana hore Bro Tom o tla ts’oana le eena!! Lineo oa li-make-up e kile eaba letona la mapolesa mme nakong eo ea hae; re ile ra bona bobolu ka har’a mapolesa from the those in the top, ra bona mapoolesa a hlobotseng ae re h’a botsoa eena Lineo ka taba eno o re eena h’a so bone mapolesa a tsamaea a hlobotse!!! Sis!!! She never thought that what goes around comes around, she never thought hore pride comes before the fall!!! Now the once a hero (Mrs. Make-ups) has fallen, joale o ntsa tlo botsa potsonyana tse sa jang mona!!! H’a tlohe mona; eena mapolesa a ile a mo hlola e bile o na sa a batle!!!!!! Mrs. Big mouth….Mrs. Know it all, please stand aside re tsebe h’u bonts’a hore na nthoena e etsoa betere joang!!! Likhetho li u hlotse haeno koana Hlotse batho ba teng ha ba u rate hobane u nchoathi!!! O u rahile ‘m’e oa rona Hlotse ka Nonyana o u betsetsa holimo maaaaaaaaneeee; eaba che Molele oa u kapa o fihla a u tsoepelela, u qalile ua re hloia joale kaha u tloaetse!!!!

  25. Mabote2 says:

    Re fokotsa bosholu and it will come at a cost. Rona (business men and women of this country) are worried ka bosholu le crime e phahameng. well done operation kobo anela. Leave ur petty politics let this country be in a better position to breed business people. Naha eena etla pele ho mang kapa mang. whatever the cost. we will fight crime? u re balle lipalopalo tsa crime Lineo pelo o batla tse ling.

  26. Chakijane says:

    shapa Tom shapa! feela ke bona eka o tla qetelletse o shapa le rona joale.

  27. madam says:

    haiya! ke hore haeba hona le batho basa khotsofaleng ke bana ba ipitsang bomalikotwana,bopotwana.ako feng tom sebaka re ke re boneng na aka etsang.NETE……..nna ke lepotwana empa bana bo mphato waheso hale khotsofale….ha re feng ba bang sebaka,ntate utlo busa hape 2017.

  28. oa lithaba says:

    Uena Madam u leshano ha u lepotoana.Mapotoana rea a tseba.seka re etsa liphoqo hle uena.sis!

  29. kotompana says:

    hantle-ntle ke ts’ehetsa leano la sesotho le reng lesholu ke ntja le lefa ka hlooho ea lona.
    haeba hona le ntho e nthabisang ka Bro. Tom ke ho lelekisa masholu.
    ho bona Thomas.

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