Letsie says won’t hand himself  to police

Letsie says won’t hand himself to police

MASERU-A Basotho National Party (BNP) activist, Manama Letsie, says he will not hand himself over to the police following some controversial statements he made on a private radio station earlier this month.

Letsie, who is also the spokesman for the Thaba-Bosiu Wool Centre, says he is now in hiding.
The police this week put up posters indicating that Letsie was now on their “wanted” list.

Letsie is wanted in connection with statements he made on radio that embattled Prime Minister Thomas Thabane can still go on and prorogue Parliament without the King’s approval.
He was speaking on a radio programme with Small Businesses Minister Chalane Phori over the controversial move by Thabane to prorogue Parliament.

Phori has already been quizzed on the issue by the Deputy Commissioner of Police Paseka Mokete.
The Constitutional Court has also since nullified the decision to prorogue Parliament.

Letsie told thepost through a WhatsApp text interview yesterday that he has no intention of reporting himself to the police.
He said he will not hand himself “to be killed” during the interrogation.
He said he received a call from the police and immediately went into hiding. He said there were already posters with his image showing that he was “wanted” by the police.

The posters call on anybody who sees Letsie to report to the nearest police station.
Letsie said he received a text from DCP Mokete saying he should report to the police immediately or declare his whereabouts so that he could come directly to him.

“I had missed a call from (Assistant Commissioner) Beleme Lebajoa and I was not familiar with the name. I thought he was one of the wool farmers and I called him back,” Letsie said.

He said Lebajoa told him to report at the police headquarters within 30 minutes as he was wanted and was a crime suspect.
He said he then told Lebajoa that he was in a meeting and would get back to him afterwards.

Letsie never called ACP Lebajoa back.
He said when DCP Mokete called he asked him why he was playing hide and seek with the police instead of handing himself over.

“I told him that I wanted to take him to court for calling me to the police headquarters where people are badly beaten by the police,” Letsie said.
He said he also told DCP Mokete that he was denying him his right to remain silent.

“I have a right to legal representation too so calling me to the police station denies me all those rights,” Letsie said.
Letsie said he told DCP Mokete that he wanted to file an application in the Constitutional Court seeking to stop him from calling people to the police station where they will end up killing them.
“They do not investigate cases, once they have hate and suspicion against you they call you then choke you with plastic tube until you die instead of investigating a case,” he said.

He said he decided not to go to the police but instead sent his lawyer who went there for three successive days.
He said his lawyer told the police to meet him in court “but they refused because they wanted to take my finger prints”.
“I have not committed any crime, so what are the fingerprints for?”
He said it is wrong for the police to take his finger prints.

“I will not report myself to people who claim to be stopping crime while they are the ones committing it.”
He said the police must have trumped up charges against him, which are politically motivated.

“This is planned by politicians who fight political battles,” he said.
He said when ACP Lebajoa called him he had already received a call from someone telling him that one politician was making threats against him.
Letsie said he joined the BNP in 1992 as a youth. Relations between him and the BNP leadership have however soured in recent times.

Letsie said his push to keep Thabane in power has not sat down well with the BNP leadership hence the police are after him for crimes he did not commit.
“I refused (to be part of the plot) when they wanted to topple the government they are part of,” he said.

“They are part of cabinet but they go all out talking about their cabinet colleagues. Why don’t they leave government instead of criticising what they are part of?”
He said he will not be fooled by the police who say he should show up and will not be beaten up.

“Let them find me by themselves.”
Police spokesman Superintendent Mpiti Mopeli said they were still searching for Letsie so that he could be questioned.
He however could not go into details of why the police are after Letsie.

Nkheli Liphoto

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