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Lesotho Times newspaper editor Lloyd Mutangamiri who
was shot in the face late on Saturday, was
transferred on Tuesday from the capital Maseru to a
hospital in Bloemfontein.
Mutangamiri was shot at the gate of his house in
Maseru just before midnight after completing the
edition of the Sunday Express, a sister newspaper of
the Lesotho Times.
The Media Institute of Southern Africa, (MISA) a
regional media watchdog group, said Tuesday that
Lesotho police had confirmed that a single bullet
had been fire at Mutangamiri, causing severe trauma,
particularly to his mouth. He was hospitalised under
24-hour police security in Maseru and neither the
public nor his colleagues were allowed to see him
for security reasons.
MISA Lesotho added that at noon on Tuesday he was
relocated to Bloemfontein for further medical
attention “According to police on guard Mutangamiri
Mutangamiri was shot just days after his employer,
Lesotho Times publisher Basildon Peta was charged
with defamation and crimen injuria relating to a
satirical column published by the Lesotho Times
which suggested Lesotho's military chief General
Tlali Kamoli was the real ruler of Lesotho. This
referred to the fact that Lesotho Prime Minister
Pakalitha Mosisili has so far disregarded an
instruction from regional leaders that he fire
This followed a recommendation of a regional
commission of inquiry appointed by the regional
leaders to investigate the killing of Kamoli's
predecessor, General Maaparankoe Mahao, in June last
year, by Lesotho soldiers.
Misa also said that Harvest FM radio reporter and
current affairs presenter Bongani Faki reported that
he had received death threats from an unknown man.
He described how this man had arrived at his home
and brandished a gun, telling his children to tell
Faki that he would be shot. Misa further said on May
6 there had been a shooting at the house of
Professor Mafa Sejanamane. No one had been injured.
Misa noted that Sejanamane manages a blog, Lesotho
Analysis, which had criticised the government for
failing to implement the recommendations of the
regional leaders concerning the killing of Mahao.
“MISA Lesotho appeals to the government of Lesotho
to commission urgent investigations into the attack
against Mutangamiri and all other incidents that are
undoubtedly aimed at silencing critical voices,”
“Furthermore, the outcome of the investigations
should be made public to enable informed
decision-making by the people of Lesotho and the
world, particularly in this very polarised and
politically volatile situation.
“Without linking Mutangamiri's shooting with any of
the previously mentioned information on this alert,
MISA-Lesotho condemns the attack against Mutangamiri
which it regards as a grave threat to media freedom
and freedom of expression in Lesotho.”.
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