Unknown gunman shoots MP

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MASERU — Opposition MP Molobeli Soulo escaped death by a whisker after he was shot and injured by an unknown gunman on Saturday night.

He sustained a gunshot wound on his right thigh.

Speaking in an interview with the Lesotho Times on Tuesday, Soulo said he was preparing to lock his gate after being dropped by a colleague when the gunman pounced at around 7.45pm.

“When I was about to lock the padlock I heard gun shots and saw an unknown man shooting at me,” Soulo said.

The MP is the national chairman of the main opposition All Basotho Convention (ABC) party.

Soulo said the gunman was only a few metres from the gate and was firing haphazardly towards him.

He said the man shot him on the right leg as he ran to seek shelter behind the toilet.

“I don’t want to lie, I have no idea who could have attacked me but the police are investigating,” Soulo said.

Police spokesperson Masupha Masupha confirmed the incident.

“A member of the ABC was shot on Saturday night after arriving at his home,” Masupha said, adding that the suspect fled soon after the incident.

He said the victim was shot on the right leg and was rushed to Queen ‘Mamohato Hospital where he was treated as an outpatient.

Police found nine shells of a 9 mm firearm at the scene.

No arrests have been made and police are investigating the case.

The shooting of Soulo came on the same weekend that the ABC held its annual general conference at ‘Manthabiseng Convention Centre to prepare for this year’s general election.

Soulo joins a long list of prominent individuals who have been shot by unknown gunmen in Lesotho.

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