Monday, June 25, 2007

problems in lesotho

I’ve heard from Rethabile Masilo of the Sotho blog that his homeland, Lesotho, is in trouble again. A curfew has been imposed in Maseru, the capital city, after some attacks on politicians’ homes.

Thabo Thakalekoala of Seapoint in Maseru, a vocal and prominent freelancing investigative journalist, was arrested on Friday morning (22 June 2007) and charged with high treason. He is appearing in court today (25 June 2007) to be formally charged.

On the day of his arrest he had just read a letter over the air on his popular morning programme “Rise and Shine” on Harvest FM. The letter was supposedly given to him by a group of army men and requested to read it on his show. The soldiers vehemently denounced the rule of one Mosikili in Lesotho who they say is a foreigner and therefore is not eligible to hold such office. This comes after it was discovered that the PM holds a South African identity document (a fact he has publicly admitted), no wonder the rampant looting of state coffers by way of the 84% salary increments and the M4000.00 Kompressors and the M2000.00 Camrys.

Some links:

  • Original entry at Rethabile’s Sotho blog.
  • Article at Protectionline.
  • Story about the curfews at allAfrica.
  • Article in The Star, a South African newspaper.


Blogger Rethabile said...

Thank you for putting this up. Thabo was released on bail, and the charges, although not dropped were switched to something else less life threatening.


June 26, 2007 at 3:18 PM  
Blogger zmjezhd said...

I'm glad he's been released. Khotso, Thabiso.

June 28, 2007 at 7:19 AM  

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