Metsing to return November 25

Metsing to return November 25

MASERU – EXILED Lesotho Congress for Democracy (LCD) leader, Mothetjoa Metsing, is set to return home on November 25.
This was revealed by the leader of the opposition in Parliament, Mathibeli Mokhothu, at a press conference in Maseru on Tuesday.
Mathibeli said others who are also set to return home include LCD deputy leader Ts’eliso Mokhosi, Socialist Revolutionary leader Teboho Mojapela, former Director General of the National Security Service Colonel Tumo Lekhooa and the former Commissioner of Police Molahlehi Letsoepa.

The other Basotho who are also set to come back home are Superintendent Lebohang Setsomi and Bereng Ramahetlane from the Lesotho Correctional Service.
The return of the exiled Basotho comes after negotiations by SADC facilitator in Lesotho Justice Dikgang Moseneke.
Metsing’s expected return comes after the opposition and the coalition government signed a deal to pave way for the return of the exiled leaders while also allowing the reform process to proceed.
Under the agreement, Metsing and other exiled leaders would not be subjected to any judicial process until after the reforms.
The deal has however triggered howls of protest from some sections of society who think the government sold out. They argue the agreement it is unconstitutional for the government to suspend criminal charges.

The agreement is now being challenged in court.
Mokhothu said they were aware of the noises surrounding Clause 10 of the agreement,
The clause says the government of Lesotho shall ensure the safety of all citizens in exile and must provide adequate security for Metsing and other similarly placed exiled.
It says Metsing and other similar placed persons in exile will not be subjected to any pending criminal proceedings during the dialogue and reform process.
Mathibeli cited the case of Tebello Moferefere Senatla, a Mafeteng- based businessman who says clause 10 should also be applied to him.

The Deputy Prime Minister Monyane Moleleki, the Minister of Law Mokhele Moletsane, Mokhothu and the Director of the Directorate on Corruption and Economic Offences (DCEO) Advocate Borotho Matsoso, Director of Public Prosecutions and the Attorney General are the respondents.
Mokhothu said Thabo Khetheng and others are also arguing that the suspension of the criminal prosecution of the suspects during the reforms process is unconstitutional.
They want the court to overturn the agreement.

Mokhothu said they are not surprised that certain cases in Lesotho are treated as exceptional.
“We will have to bring back Justice Leon’s report too against people who burnt the towns in the country,” he said.
He said politicians who were implicated in the report were not convicted.
“We will bring it back too,” he said.

He said they have written a letter to the Minister of Defence asking to be allowed to visit the military detainees at the Maseru Maximum Security Prison, accompanied by the Christian Council of Lesotho (CCL), Lesotho Council of Non-Governmental Organisations (LCN) and other organisations.
Mathibeli complained that it is almost a year since some soldiers were detained but their cases have still not been heard.
The detainees, he said, are always chained.

“It is now a year that Captain Boiketsiso Fonane has been detained by the army. The sad thing is that he has cuffs on his feet and hands during the day and at night. Even when he eats his meals, he is still has his cuffs on,” he said.

He argued that a human being could not be subjected to such inhumane treatment.
Mathibeli also argued that Metsing fled the country on September 2, 2017 after allegations that he was the second on a “hit-list”.
The first was Prime Minister Thomas Thabane’s estranged wife Lipolelo Thabane. She 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.

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