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MEC MP drags petition to parliament

Speaker of Parliament Sephiri Motanyane

June 24, 2020 3 min read

MASERU – a Member of Parliament for the Movement for Economic Change (MEC) Thabo Ramatla who was sprayed with a volley of bullets two weeks ago on Monday dragged his matter to parliament for consideration

Ramatla who is also a Mafeteng-based businessman told the parliament that the police have not addressed his case.

The aggrieved Ramatla survived gunshots when unknown assailant shot at him near his business in Mafeteng.

He told Maseru Metro this week that the shooting is linked to politics but could not make any further comments.

He told the parliament that he is a businessman who has employed more than 100 people permanently.

Ramatla who is popularly known as Mahapu said he was shot at on the 13th this month in broad daylight between 9am and 10am.

He said he was stunned when Prime Minister Dr Moeketsi Majoro and his deputy Mathibeli Mokhothu did not visit his family following the horrific incident.

The visibly irate Ramatla said he was embarrassed that even the mere office of the Speaker did not know about the attempted murder made on his life.

He said the parliament is the only place for him to table his matter.

He said his shooting is likened to the shooting of a mere dog though he is an important personality in Lesotho.

Ramatla said he wonders how the parliament will take care of the electorate yet it does not care about its members.

He said it is surprising that nothing is done so far about the shooting, adding that he believes if no justice is served to him by the relevant authorities, then God will come to his rescue.

Meanwhile, Speaker of parliament Sephiri Motanyane said everything that comes to his office is not a secret and it will be known by the MPs.

He said it is unfortunate that the message did not reach his reach his office.

Motanyane said they sympathise Ramatla because what has happened to him might befall any of the MPs in the House.

He said the parliament highly condemns the shooting, asking Ramatla to remain strong during this difficult phase of his life.

Malimong MP Leshoboro Mohlajoa said being shot at is not a “good thing” as he is also a shooting victim.

Mohlajoa said he lives with nine gunshot wounds that he sustained back in 2011.


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He said he was stunned to see the police turning against him instead of dealing with his attackers.

He said the police questioned him about the killing of former All Basotho Convention (ABC) MP Sello Machakela.

Mohlajoa said the police quizzed him for almost four hours about the killing.

He said if it is not the time for one’s death, even if a person could be sprayed with a hail of bullets, God will protect them.

Ramatla was suspected of plotting to kill his leader Selibe Mochoboroane.

He was suspended from contesting the MEC executive committee elections in May last year.

He was also alleged to have leased his car to the government and the action was in violation of the party’s position that no MEC member should be involved in leasing vehicles to the government.

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