Tuesday, June 28, 2016

The Democracy War: The Execution of the Lesedi family

Winter 1964- On the evening of December 14, 1964, a rain covered most of the eastern part of Kemet, but that didn't stop a breaking news report that took over televisions and radios all over the country. At 9:22 pm, a video played on every television and radio transmission in Kemet. 

The video showed armed and masked men in black, going on Councilman Lesedi's home's porch. Once on the porch the men kicked the front door off its hinges. From there, armed men headed upstairs. The men burst into the Lesedis’ bedroom. The councilman woke up immediately after. Lesedi’s wife screamed and covered her body with the bed sheets. Semi-automatic weapons surrounded Lesedi and his wife. Lesedi lifted his arms into the air as a sign of surrender and begged for them to leave his family unharmed. 

“Get dressed and get your kids.”

From there, the armed men led the Lesedi family down into a half-basement room at the back of the Lesedi house. Present with Councilman Lesedi was his wife Olona, their ten-year-old daughter named Bokang, and their seven-year-old son named Kago. Lesedi carried Kago when the family arrived in the basement.

“Please be seated,” the leader of the armed men said.

“There are no chairs to sit in,” Olona said.

The group leader turned to his men. “Get the family, chairs.” The men brought in chairs, and the family sat down.

“Please state your name, councilman,” said the leader.

“My name is Wasi Lesedi, and I am a councilman from Morathi.”

“As a councilman, you received your position by a democratic vote. Is that correct?”

“Yes, I did, but not without the king’s approval. What is going on here?”

“We want you to swear allegiance to democracy, and claim it as the true form of government in Kemet. Denounce the Adam monarchy and the king who oppresses our country.”

“Never, that is treason. I will not denounce the monarchy or the king who rules my country.”

“Then, you leave me with no choice.”

Armed men filed into the room. The leader announced to the Lesedi family that they were condemned to death by a majority vote in the name of democracy. The men drew their guns at the Lesedi family. A stunned Lesedi said. “What? What?”

Lesedi turned toward his family. The leader quickly repeated the order.

“You know not what you do!” Olona shouted.

All the men began shooting at once. Lesedi was the first to die; the leader shot him multiple times in the chest. Olona, Bokang, and Kago survived the initial hail of bullets. The men stabbed the family with bayonets and then shot them in the head at close range. The massacre was over.

Afterward, the men celebrated over the Lesedi family’s bodies. They stepped in their blood, stomped on their flesh, and shouted the words “Nyeusi Mkono.” From there, the armed men waved their guns and a black flag with a red fist at its center. Upbeat, they praised Turner Adisa, blamed King Michael for the deaths of the Lesedi family, and demanded the king remove himself from the government.

This event would start the Democracy War.