Metsing flees

Metsing flees

MASERU – FORMER Deputy Prime Minister Mothetjoa Metsing has fled the country for fear of his life.

His Lesotho Congress for Democracy (LCD)’s national executive committee confirmed yesterday that Metsing fled after it became clear that he was going to be assassinated on Tuesday night.

The party’s spokesperson Teboho Sekata said they received information about the planned hit on Metsing on Tuesdaynight.

He said they immediately warned him and advised him to go into hiding.

“We had heard that he was supposed to be assassinated yesterday,” Sekata said in a statement last night.

“There were three vehicles that left Maseru for Ha-Lobiane in Mahobong, the leader’s home. These vehicles had heavily armed police.”

But police spokesperson Inspector Mpiti Mopeli denied there was such an attack by the police at Metsing’s home on Tuesday night.

Mopeli said the Leribe police had told him that “there was never a patrol at Metsing’s home Tuesday night or any other day”.

“I don’t know which police was that,” Mopeli said.

Sekata had earlier told thepost that the police went to Metsing’s home with two twin-cab vehicles and a Quantum minibus.

Metsing’s deputy, former defence minister Tšeliso Mokhosi, was arrested and allegedly beaten by police during interrogation on Monday. The government however insists he was treated well.

Mokhosi, who is now facing a charge of murder as the fifth suspect in the murder of Police Constable Mokalekale Khetheng, was remanded in custody yesterday.

Communications Minister Joang Molapo said he could not “concretely” confirm that Metsing had fled the country because he was yet to be briefed.

“But the question is why would he be fleeing the country,” Molapo said.

“He has nothing to fear. You might have seen the way his deputy (Mokhosi) has been treated. He was allowed to see a doctor and had access to full legal counsel. We have presented him to the courts as the law requires. Due process was followed.”

“This government has no intention of doing anything that would make Mr Metsing run away from his country. He is a citizen of this country and therefore deserves the full protection of the law.”

The minister said the government was not engaged in a “witch-hunt but is committed to apprehending all those linked in any way to the murder of Khetheng”.

“This government respects the law of the land. No one is above the law.”

The LCD however insists that the government is on a mission to crack down on the opposition, especially their leaders.

The party alleged that the Democratic Congress (DC)’s deputy leader Mathibeli Mokhothu and spokesman Serialong Qoo are also on the hit list.

MoAfrika station manager Sebonomoea Ramainoane is also said to be on the list.

“I am now living in fear because as they have now attacked Metsing they are coming for me,”Ramainoane said last night.

The LCD also said the Lesotho People’s Congress (LPC)’s secretary general, Bokang Ramatšella, is also on the alleged hit list.

So is Sekata himself, according to the former ruling party.

Last week Mokhosi announced that Metsing’s life was in danger as he appeared number two on the hit list, after Prime Minister Thomas Thabane’s wife Lipolelo Thabane.

Lipolelo was gunned down as she was about to enter her gate in Ha-’Masana by an unidentified person two days before her husband was sworn-in as the Prime Minister in June.

Sekata told thepost yesterday that his leader “is safe where he is”.

Zanele Hlongwane

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