MASERU — The husband of Democratic Congress (DC) MP and former home affairs assistant minister, Lineo Molise-Mabusela, is being investigated for allegedly using dubious certificates to enroll at a Chinese university.
Rorisang Mabusela enrolled at the University of Nottingham in China in 2011.
He is studying financial management and accounting but is currently back in Lesotho for a holiday.
Last night police spokesperson Masupha Masupha said he could not comment on the matter.
“I will comment later,” Masupha said.
The investigation is understood to have started on Monday this week, four days after Molise-Mabusela had a heated exchange with Deputy Education Minister Apesi Ratšele in parliament.
The exchange on Thursday last week started after Molise-Mabusela asked Ratšele whether the government was going to help 43 students from Limkokwing University of Creative Technology who were caught with fraudulent certificates last year.
The students are currently being charged for fraud and have since been suspended from the university.
When Ratšele said the students should go to jail “where they belong”, Molise-Mabusela queried if the deputy minister was not assuming that the students were guilty before they have been convicted by the courts.
As tempers flared more MPs joined the debate.
The DC advocated leniency while the ruling coalition of All Basotho Convention (ABC), Lesotho Congress for Democracy (LCD) and the Basotho National Party (BNP) were adamant that the students should be jailed.
Molise-Mabusela told the Lesotho Times on Tuesday that she had been told that her husband was being investigated.
She said she believes that the investigation is the government’s way of getting back at her for criticising the way the government has handled the students’ situation.
“I know that the investigation started after I asked those questions in parliament,” Molise-Mabusela said.
“My crime is that I differed with the government over such a critical issue. They are saying because I was vocal about the suspension of those students then my husband must have fake certificates.”
She said she was not worried about the investigation because “we have not done anything illegal”.
“My husband qualified to study in China. For the record my husband is not being sponsored by the Lesotho government or Chinese government,” she said.
“I will continue doing my work as an MP. I still insist that it was wrong for the students to be suspended before their cases have been finalised by the courts. It’s wrong.”
The former assistant minister said she confronted MPs from the ruling coalition about the matter during a tea break at parliament on Tuesday.
“I told them that they were trying to intimidate me. I told them that whoever wants to investigate my family should come directly to me,” Molise-Mabusela added.
“They should not do it behind my back. I told them that they can continue their investigations but they will not find anything because neither my husband nor I have done anything illegal.”
The Lesotho Times has been told that officers from the Lesotho Mounted Police Service requested a meeting with the Chinese Ambassador Hu Dingxian on Monday.
The ambassador is understood to have met the officers on Tuesday afternoon.
Hu confirmed that he had met the police officers on Tuesday to discuss the matter but refused to give further details.
“I have already talked to the police about this matter so we will not talk to the media,” Hu said.