Radio station owner says he was attacked

Radio station owner says he was attacked

MASERU– CONTROVERSIAL MoAfrika FM manager, Ratabane Ramainoane, says he fears for his life after a mob attacked his office last Friday.
Ramainoane claims his alleged attackers are members of the All Basotho Convention (ABC) because they were wearing the party’s regalia.
He said the alleged mob was protesting after he suggested that Prime Minister Thomas Thabane should not be sworn-in before a probe into the death of his wife, Lipolelo Thababe, is completed.

Lipolelo was shot dead near her Ha Masana home last Wednesday.
Ramainoane told thepost that a day after Thabane’s swearing-in, a mob surrounded Carlton Centre where MoAfika is housed and started insulting him.
“They were chanting their party songs outside the building and they attempted to enter but the security guards prevented them,” Ramainoane said.
“They wanted to get inside but luckily the guards stopped them.”

“I did not report this to the police because when this happened the police were right there, in their midst, and seeing what was happening,” he said.
Ramainoane said the ABC mob was reacting to a call by some who said they should go to his office and kill him.
“This man made the call through social media.”

The audio clip, which thepost heard, is of a man who is complaining that Ramainoane is among those speaking ill of Thabane and his wife ’MaIsaiah.
The man said ABC members should go to Ramanoane’s office and “ask him why he is saying these things and where he got the information” he is saying about Thabane and his wife.
He also said if Ramainoane is not found at his office “we should look for him wherever he is”. Ramainoane played the clip on his radio station.
Ramainoane said the man accused him of being a congress sympathiser.

“They say I am of the congress parties and therefore I should be killed,” Ramainoane told thepost.
“My life is in danger.”

However, there is nowhere in the clip thepost has heard where the man mentions killing Ramainoane.
He said even at his home there is not enough security so that makes him scared even when he is at home.

Congress parties youth leagues told a press conference yesterday that they were concerned following Ramainoane’s attack.
The Lesotho Congress for Democracy (LCD) Youth League Secretary Potso Shao said “it’s not good for political parties to physically attack media houses like this”.
“The attacks of media houses and media personnel do not surprise me in the governing of Lekhoakhoa,” Shao said, referring to Thabane through his totem.
He recalled that a Tšenolo FM presenter was assaulted in the studio “by ABC members” in 2014.
However, there is no evidence that the assailants were members of the party.

Shao also said in 2015 ABC members beat up Joseph Ntakha, one of MoAfrika FM presenters who had attended the party’s rally at Setsoto Stadium.
He raised concern that “media practitioners are being attacked based on how they reported Lipolelo Thabane’s death”.
Police spokesman Senior Superintendent Clifford Molefe said a case about Ramainoane’s attack had been reported to the police.
He said the police had since launched investigations into the matter.

’Makhotso Rakotsoane

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