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Media, human rights groups slam assassination attempt on Lesotho editor

12 July 2016, 12:21

Maseru – Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) media organisations have expressed outrage over the failed assassination of Zimbabwean-born editor of Lesotho Times, Lloyd Mutungamiri, a report said on Tuesday.

Reports indicated that Mutungamiri was fighting for his life after the failed assassination attempt by unknown assailants at his Maseru home.

His wife accused the country's military of being behind the assassination attempt.

She said that she was convinced that the attempted murder of her husband was linked to a recent story that his newspaper had published.

The newspaper published a story recently in which it revealed secret negotiations about an exit package for Lesotho’s army commander Lieutenant General Tlali Kamoli.

The report claimed that the army chief was not happy over the story as it suggested that he was demanding more than R40m for his exit.

According to New Zimbabwe, Amnesty International joined a number of other regional bodies in condemning the failed assassination.

The human rights group said that a prompt and thorough investigation should be conducted by the Lesotho government.

"The deplorable attack on the life of the Lesotho Times Editor Lloyd Mutungamiri is also an attack on the right to freedom of expression. Authorities must leave no stone unturned in getting to the bottom of this act and bring all those suspected of criminal responsibility to justice," Amnesty International deputy director of Southern African Muleya Mwananyanda was quoted as saying.

Meanwhile, Michael Chideme the president of the Southern African Journalist Association (SAJA) also called for a thorough investigation into the attempted murder.

- News24


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