THE power struggle pitting the ALL Basotho Convention (ABC’s) outgoing and new national executive committee (NEC) factions continues to breed death threats with ABC singer Mohlouoa Mohapi being the latest to be threatened by a fellow singer for supporting the new NEC which has Professor Nqosa Mahao as the deputy leader.
Mr Mohapi, who hails from the Makhaleng constituency in the Maseru district, recently told the Lesotho Times that he has been receiving death threats from a fellow ABC singer (name withheld) for a while now with the latest threats coming last Sunday.
He said he was insulted and threatened with death for by the singer for snubbing the old NEC’s rallies which were addressed by the ABC leader and Prime Minister Thomas Thabane.
Mr Mohapi joins new NEC members, Prof Mahao, Lebohang Hlaele (secretary general) and incoming chairperson Samuel Rapapa on the list of those who have been threatened with death by unnamed fellow party members.
Mr Mohapi said he first received the threats on WhatsApp and on Sunday the same singer reminded him that he would kill him he continued supporting the new NEC.
“The singer sent me a voice message on WhatsApp where he insulted me and told me my days were numbered,” Mr Mohapi said.
“I asked him to stop all this and I even asked what he would do if I leaked the voice notes. He told me that he didn’t care what I did and he had nothing to fear. On Sunday I was called by mother who informed me that there were people who had come looking for me at her residence and those people had threatened to harm her if I don’t comply with their demands to stop supporting the new NEC.
That same day, my brother-in-law was drinking alcohol at a local bar in Makhaleng where that singer also happened to be drinking. The singer told my brother-in-law that I was conducting myself in a manner that was not acceptable and I needed to be brought to order. I was further told that if I carried on in this manner of not abiding by the rules, I will not live to see the end of this year.”
Mr Mohapi said he had reported the matter to the police and they were investigating the issue.
Mabote Constituency legislator who is also the ABC’s parliamentary caucus chairperson, Fako Moshoeshoe, condemned the alleged threats to Mr Mohapi’s life. Mr Moshoeshoe said such threats should not be condoned in the ABC and all its members should be allowed to exercise their freedom without being harassed.
“This is the time when we all need one another as ABC supporters and threatening others with death will not help to bring unity in this party,” Mr Moshoeshoe said.
Meanwhile, the Makhaleng legislator Lepota Sekola dismissed Mr Mohapi’s claims, saying the latter had not reported the alleged threats to him.
He said the truth was that Mr Mohapi attended the rallies of the new NEC but the latter had not received any death threats.
“I, as the Makhaleng MP, can tell you that no one will kill others here. We recently met as ABC MPs and even we do not agree on some issues we have not and will never reach a point where we plan to kill each other. No one ever threatened another with death and even if there were death threats, no one will go ahead and kill someone else in the ABC- they are just threats.
“It’s not wrong for a person to follow his heart and no one is allowed deny him his right. No one will kill other people in the ABC,” he said.