A Lesotho Times journalist has allegedly fled to South Africa from her home in Lesotho.
The Lesotho Times journalist, Keiso Mohloboli is said to have fled her home on Tuesday.
However, another statement from the head of the Media Institute of South Africa (MISA) in Lesotho, Tsebo Mats’asa said Mohloboli left on Monday.
Regardless of which day the Lesotho Times journalist left, the fact is that she is no longer in Lesotho owing to the threat being in Lesotho posed to her life.
MISA claims that the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) supported Mohloboli’s escape from Lesotho. It was owing to the publishers of the Lesotho Times and Sunday Express stating that their “security as watchdogs of this democratic state is under threat” in a letter that was addressed to the Minister of Communications, Khotso Letsatsi.
Recently it was circulating the airwaves that Zimbabwean-born editor of the Lesotho Times narrowly escaped an assassination attempt allegedly carried out by the Lesotho military.
It was Lloyd Mutangamiri’s wife, Tsitsi Matope who said that she suspected the military was behind Mutangamiri’s failed assassination attempt.
She stated it was due to an investigative article published in the Lesotho times that painted army commander Lieutenant General Tlali Kamoli who is set to retire as greedy. It also alleged that negotiations were being made for the exit package of the General to be about R43 million.
Both Mutangamiri and Mohloboli were summoned by the police for questioning regarding the exit package for Lt. General Tlali Kamoli.
MISA ended the statement saying that it has on previous counts appealed to the government of Lesotho to, “launch a prompt, independent and impartial investigation into the shooting of Mutungamiri, the outcome of which should be made public to enable informed decision making by the people of Lesotho and the world, particularly in the very polarized and politically volatile situation in the country.”