MASERU — A Basotho National Party (BNP) rally ended in violence after members of the party’s youth league clashed with residents of Ha-’Masana in Qeme on Sunday.
Seven BNP youths were injured while two of them were admitted at Queen ’Mamohato Memorial Hospital with serious injuries following the fracas.
The victims were stabbed with knives while others were stoned.
BNP youth league leader, Tšeliso Lesenya, told the Lesotho Times on Tuesday that they were yet to establish the cause of the fight as it started after the rally.
Police spokesperson Masupha Masupha confirmed the incident.
“Flight One police received a report that some residents of Ha-’Masana attacked some youths who had attended a BNP rally,” Masupha said.
“The police are investigating the case.”
In a statement released on Tuesday Lesenya warned that the BNP will not allow such an incident to happen again.
“The youth league is the eyes and ears of the party and is also responsible for the defence of the party,” Lesenya said.
“Such self-defence can be done at any time.”
He appealed to BNP members to heed party leader Chief Thesele ’Maseribane’s message of peace which he delivered at the rally.
He said the purpose of the rally was to remind BNP members of how the party founder the late Chief Leabua Jonathan preached peace at the same spot, at Fika-le-Mohala, imploring Basotho to seek peace like King Moshoeshoe I.
“The youth league and the entire BNP members were listening to that message of peace that Chief Thesele delivered but unfortunately they were attacked by a band of delinquents,” Lesenya said in the statement.