LCD youths threaten ‘resistance’

LCD youths threaten ‘resistance’

MASERU – THE opposition Lesotho Congress for Democracy (LCD) youth league says it will go after police officers who torture suspects.
The LCD youth league secretary general, Potso Shao, made the threats last Thursday over Tšenolo FM radio station.
Shao also called on party supporters to refuse to take orders from the police when called to police stations saying the police must be stopped from assaulting them.
“I will make sure that I know the particular police officer and the bar he uses so that the matter can remain between us,” Shao said.
Shao’s statement came during a time when the LCD deputy leader Tšeliso Mokhosi was still in custody where he was allegedly tortured by the police.
Mokhosi has been charged with the murder of Constable Mokalekale Khetheng.

He appeared in court last week where he was charged with murder, joining four other suspects.
Shao’s statements also came after the release of Mokhosi’s driver, Mpesheane Zele, who was also allegedly battered by the police.
There are allegations Zele was forced to confess or implicate Mokhosi in the murder. Both the police and the government have denied Mokhosi was tortured.
Zele is the LCD youth leader for the Khubetsoana constituency. He was arrested at his home late last month. The police said he was suspected of a crime that happened in Ha-Thetsane but once in their custody the accusation turned to aiding Khetheng’s murderers.

As for Mokhosi, he brought himself to the police at the advice of his lawyer when he got information that the police were looking for him.
Irked by the police’s torture of the man who handed himself over to them, Shao called on the LCD members to refuse when they are called to the police for questioning on any suspected crime.
Shao said the party members should only agree to go to court because the police are ruthless.

“Don’t go because even after they torture you they will refuse to give you medical forms so that you can gather evidence from doctors for the purpose of suing,” Shao said.
Lesotho People’s Congress (LPC) secretary general, Bokang Ramatšella, told thepost this week that only a fool will go to the police when called.
“I want to put it on record that we will not go when the police call us. We are not fools,” Ramatšella said.

“They should come to us to arrest us but they should know that we will resist arrest because we know that they have nothing in mind but to torture us,” he said.
“I will not tell what we will do but we will have to die first so that they take our corpses to their offices for questioning,” he said.
“Understand that I don’t say we will commit suicide. No! I say they will have to kill us during arrest because we will be defending ourselves.”
Police spokesman Inspector Mpiti Mopeli said the police will arrest every crime suspect irrespective of whether they resist or not.

“We don’t go to crime suspects to ask them for permission to arrest them,” Mopeli said.

“We go there to arrest them and bring them to the police station,” he said.
Mopeli said the police do not target members of a certain political group when they take action against criminals, but “we arrest them indiscriminately”.
“We do not favour a political party over another,” he said.
“Crime knows no political colours, so are the police.”

Nkheli Liphoto

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