Lesotho Defence Force Brigadier Ramanka Mokaloba, told the SADC commission of inquiry into the murder of the country’s Commander, that the former Prime Minister Thomas Thabane together with a business man Jessie Ramakatane (who died a week ago) were among a group of people who were involved in ritual murder.
Former Lesotho Prime Minister Mentioned in Ritual Murder
Mokaloba told that the commission that amputated human parts were used by some people who wanted to overthrow the government whom some of them, from the Republic of South Africa (RSA) and the Republic of Mozambique were tried, sentenced and serving their jail terms in the prison of Lesotho.
The Brigadier said this morning that he provided the commission with a detailed report in camera last week and today he appeared before the commission to address it in public.
Ritual murder association with politics in Lesotho was featured in the media in 2012 when on Lehlonohonolo Scott murdered a two boys. Scott has since mysteriously escaped from Lesotho prison and found in by police Durban in the Republic of South Africa where is waiting for extradition to Lesotho.
Meanwhile media reports in Lesotho are that the Prime Minister of Lesotho Pakalitha Mosisili found the commission to be out of order as it allows witnesses to address issues outside the set terms of reference.
Mosisili was reported by Sunday Express over the weekend saying that he had written a letter to the chairperson on His Excellence Filipe Nyusi of the Republic of Mozambique asking him to call the commission to order.
In another development regarding the commission this afternoon, the SADC’s legitimacy to hear evidence from exiled witnesses in RSA in the last week, arose argument between King’s Council Salemane Phafane and the Chairperson of the Commission Judge Phumaphi in this regard.
The Judge argues that the commission was correct to hear witnesses from exile as it was constituted in terms of SADC treaty which Lesotho is party to. On the other hand the King’s Council argued that much as the matter was not for debate today, it is not correct to refer to the commission as SADC’s since it was constituted under Public Inquiries Act of Lesotho.
“This is not a Lesotho Commission of Inquiry”, said Judge Phumaphi adding that;”This is SADC Commission of Inquiry constituted by SADC which has jurisdiction and legal standing in all SADC states in terms of SADC Treaty.” He said.