Litjobo sues Ramatšella for M6 million

Litjobo sues Ramatšella for M6 million

MASERU – THE spokesman for the Alliance of Democrats (AD), Thuso Litjobo, is suing Bokang Ramatšella, the Lesotho People’s Congress (LPC) secretary general, for M6 million for defamation. Litjobo is claiming Ramatšella defamed him during a popular political affairs radio programme broadcast on PC FM on June 20.
He says in his court papers seen by thepost this week that Ramatšella said during the broadcast that he had shot and killed a person during a rally at Koro-Koro.
“This was intended to show that (Litjobo) is a murderer and a criminal for that matter,” Litjobo’s attorneys KD Mabudu said in the court papers.
“This statement is not true much as (Litjobo) has not been found guilty of any murder of anybody,” the court papers read.

Litjobo’s attorneys say the statement by Ramatšella, to any reasonable man, meant he is a murderer and a corrupt politician who was also not trustworthy. It also meant that he was not raised properly by his parents.
Litjobo is now claiming M2 million for damages. He says he suffered damages on his character, good name, reputation and high esteem.
During the radio broadcast, Ramatšella spoke about the fatal shooting of an AD supporter, Thabiso Moqolo, during the Koro-Koro constituency primary elections in April last year.
Litjobo and his bodyguard, Thato Makara, were charged at the Maseru magistrate’s court for allegedly using a 7.65 pistol during skirmishes that took place at the rally at Ha-Tlebere in Mazenod on April 2.

The AD was locked in a fierce tussle of electing a candidate who would stand for the party in the June general elections.
The case is however still pending in the courts.
Litjobo is also claiming M1 million from Ramatšella after he accused him of unlawfully taking money from children of one Mapetla who is now late.
He said Ramatšella told the programme that the children of Mapetla appeared on air complaining that he had unlawfully taken their money.

“(Ramatšella) knew that this statement was not correct as the said children questioning their aunt as to her affiliation to AD,” Litjobo’s attorneys say.
Litjobo says the statement, to a reasonable man, meant that he is a thief and fraudster. It also meant that he was corrupt, untrustworthy and a criminal.
His attorneys say Ramatšella told the programme that Litjobo was busy defending corrupt activities and that one Kaya had confirmed that he was corrupt.
Ramatšella is quoted in the court papers as saying Litjobo “collapsed the past coalition government and even this present coalition government (he) has already overturned it and it is going to collapse”.

“(Ramatšella) knew that this statement was not correct as the said past coalition government was dissolved in terms of the Constitution of Lesotho by His Majesty King Letsie III after being advised to do so by the then Prime Minister, Right Honourable Pakalitha Mosisili,” his attorneys say.
The attorneys say the statement was meant to portray Litjobo as “a coup monger and or golpista”. It was also meant to portray him as a corrupt individual who protects corrupt activities.
It also meant that he was untrustworthy and was capable of overthrowing governments.
For this, Litjobo is demanding M2 million from Ramatšella.

Also on the same programme, Litjobo complains through his attorneys, that Ramatšella said he was arrested because he had insulted one policeman by the name of Mapola and many more policemen.

He complains that Ramatšella knew that this was not correct because there has never been any case against him where he was found guilty of insulting any policeman and there was never any civil claim against him.

He said Ramatšella’s statement portrayed him as an immoral and vulgar person and that he is a criminal who does not respect law enforcement agencies.
He is claiming M1 million from Ramatšella for the statements.
His attorneys say he suffered damages after his character was defamed.

“He previously held a good name in society hence damages should be awarded against (Ramatšella) in the amount of M6 million to make good the loss suffered.”
Attempts to contact Ramatšella were not successful yesterday.

Staff Reporter

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