We’ll use pliers on stock-thieves’

We’ll use pliers on stock-thieves’

MASERU – Prime Minister Thomas Thabane has threatened to pinch stock-thieves with “pliers” to end the scourge.
Thabane was addressing his All Basotho Convention (ABC) supporters at a party rally at Ha-Abia on Sunday.
Ha-Abia is Thabane’s home constituency.

Thabane warned that the government will be forced to take strong measures in a bid to end stock-theft in Lesotho.
Thabane’s remarks immediately drew a scathing response from the opposition.

Democratic Congress (DC) MP, Serialong Qoo, said they have already registered their concerns to SADC about Thabane’s “violent speeches”.
“The opposition is going to meet SADC next week and we will tell them in his presence,” he said.
Qoo argued that suspects are never guilty until convicted by the courts of law.

“Pinching with pliers was done by the Basotho National Party during its regime so we are wondering where Thabane is leading us,” he said.
He also accused the government of using lies to remain in power, saying factory workers’ unions have confirmed that they did not get M2 000 minimum wage.
“So it is clear that they are liars,” said Qoo.

The opposition has in the past taken Thabane to task after he told the police to beat up stock theft suspects.
The government however denies that Thabane has in the past called for the torture of suspects.

Nkheli Liphoto

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