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Police send chilling warning to taxi operators


Oct. 20, 2020 3 min read

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MASERU- Police have released a chilling warning to the public transport operators who will embark on a week-long strike on Wednesday that they should not interfere with movement of motorists who will not be part of the strike.

“Police would like to urge all those who will be part of the strike on Wednesday to do so with peace without interfering with any movement of people who will be working on the day and not part of the strike.

“Members of the police will be seen in large numbers on the streets and anybody who gets involved in any form of violence will be dealt with accordingly. Legal action will be taken against such people,” Lesotho Mounted Police Service said in an unsettling warning on Tuesday.

On Monday, public transport operators declared a massive protest in the form of stay away beginning on Wednesday, protesting against the Lesotho mobile traffic court that was introduced by government in June.

Public transport operators across the country argue that the mobile court kills their already struggling businesses, adding that it is recognized by the laws of Lesotho.

As a result, they request that the traffic mobile court, with its draconian rules be removed from local roads.

During their meeting on Monday, they also made threatening comments that they will deal with anyone seen loading passengers while they are on strike.

“Police would like to urge all those who will be part of the strike on Wednesday to do so with peace without interfering with any movement of people who will be working on the day and not part of the strike.

“Members of the police will be seen in large numbers on the streets and anybody who gets involved in any form of violence will be dealt with accordingly. Legal action will be taken against such people,” Lesotho Mounted Police Service said in an unsettling warning on Tuesday.

On Monday, public transport operators declared a massive protest in the form of stay away beginning on Wednesday, protesting against the Lesotho mobile traffic court that was introduced by government in June.

Public transport operators across the country argue that the mobile court kills their already struggling businesses, adding that it is recognized by the laws of Lesotho.

As a result, they request that the traffic mobile court, with its draconian rules be removed from local roads.

During their meeting on Monday, they also made threatening comments that they will deal with anyone seen loading passengers while they are on strike.


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“We have been complaining about this issue for a long time now but no one seems to listen to us. It is a sign that government does not care about our industry at all. We represent so many people through our associations, so they told us that the mobile court is having a detrimental effect to their businesses,” said Mokete Jonase who is also the chairman of Maseru Region Transport Operators (MRTO).

All the regions in the country have been engaging in several meetings recently discussing the dangers of the mobile court and how best to deal with it.

Monday was the last day of these meetings, with Thaba-Tseka, Maseru and Teyateyaneng (T.Y) well represented.

 

 

 

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