PM brokers famo peace deal

PM brokers famo peace deal

MASERU – PRIME Minister Thomas Thabane says he has ended a bloody conflict between famo gang leaders, Rethabile Mokete and Sarele Sello.
Mokete, widely known as Mosotho Chakela, leads a gang called Terene while Sello, also known as Lehlanya, is the chief of its splinter called Ha e Tlale Hlanyisa.
For the past two months, the gangs caused bloodshed in both Lesotho and South Africa.
Speaking at a public gathering in Mafeteng last week where he was talking about what he views as the successes of his government, Thabane said he managed to bring the two warring factions to the negotiating table.

And they have now buried the hatchet, he said. The cause of their differences has been shrouded in secrecy.
Lehlanya was in the past a close supporter of Chakela until their relationship somehow soured.
Thabane said he brought the two together after recent conflicts between the gangs nearly caused confusion within his All Basotho Convention (ABC) party.

About two months ago, Thabane’s bodyguards had to seize assault rifles at a party rally in Ha-’Makhoroana when the two gangs nearly clashed in his presence.
“I have now brought together my two children who had conflicts,” Thabane said.

Thabane appealed to people in Mafeteng to re-instate their fame as the district known for soccer stars and let go of famo gangster-ism that has undeniably plagued the district.
He said the late Thabo Lesholu, who was a widely ‘respected’ leader across all famo gangs, condemned the famo killings, before his death.
Lesholu was the famous acordion player in the Mafeteng district.

“Let us learn to disclose our problems to chiefs, neighbours and priests to stop the killings,” Thabane said.
Thabane bemoaned the fact that Mafeteng is currently known for its brutal killings and endless fights over the colours of blankets.
Chakela and Lehlanya’s gangs are known for yellow blankets with black stripes or drawings.

There are other famo gangs in the district, mostly known for wearing Letlama blankets.
They too are killing each other over the colours of their blankets.
The gang called Seakhi is known for its black blanket while two of its breakaways wear red and pink blankets.
Chakela confirmed the meeting with Thabane and Lehlanya.

He said as a seasoned and renowned artist who sings for the old and young, he is going to coin a hit song emphasizing Thabane’s message.
Chakela said he is willing to bury the hatchet with Lehlanya because he “has grown both spiritually and physically”.
Lehlanya told thepost that following the meeting, he is now at peace with Chakela.

Nkheli Liphoto

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