Monyake set to of­fi­cially launch PD

Lesotho Times - - News - Lena/staff Re­porter

MASERU — For­mer Jus­tice and Cor­rec­tional Ser­vices Min­is­ter, Mophato Monyake, will of­fi­cially launch his party — the Pro­gres­sive Democrats (PD) — on 29 Novem­ber at Pitso Ground in Maseru.

Mr Monyake, who was elected Sta­dium Area Con­stituency Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment (MP) in 2012 un­der an All Ba­sotho Con­ven­tion (ABC) ticket, formed the PD after his dis­missal from cab­i­net in Fe­bru­ary this year for al­leged in­com­pe­tence.

After re­sign­ing from the ABC fol­low­ing the dis­missal, My Monyake formed the PD, but is yet to of­fi­cially launch the party.

Mr Monyake told Lena he was ex­pect­ing del­e­gates from at least 41 of the coun­try’s 80 con­stituen­cies to at­tend the launch, adding he was cur­rently hold­ing a se­ries of ral­lies coun­try­wide to pub­li­cise the PD ahead of the Fe­bru­ary 2015 gen­eral elec­tion.

How­ever, Mr Monyake said his party was fac­ing chal­lenges in ru­ral con­stituen­cies, par­tic­u­larly in the high­lands, due to the vil­lagers’ gen­eral per­cep­tion about what is im­por­tant in life.

“The peo­ple in the high­lands have their own way of life which is unique and when you ap­proach them about the coun­try’s de­vel­op­ment and don’t ad­dress their day-to­day is­sues such as farm­ing and live­stock, the mes­sage does not get across,” said Mr Monyake.

“They are not in­ter­ested in things such as eco­nomic growth like ur­ban res­i­dents, but what af­fects them di­rectly on a daily ba­sis.”

Speak­ing about what is ex­pected to hap­pen on 29 Novem­ber, Mr Monyake said in ad­di­tion to short speeches from him and se­lected del­e­gates, there would be en­ter­tain­ment all day long at the venue of the launch.

On his party’s vi­sion, Mr Monyake said the PD ad­vo­cates for change in the way the coun­try is be­ing gov­erned, par­tic­u­larly the de­vo­lu­tion of pow­ers to dis­trict au­thor­i­ties.

“The needs of vil­lagers liv­ing in places such as Qacha’s Nek, Mokhot­long and Thaba-tseka dif­fer from those in ur­ban ar­eas like Maseru and Ma­put­soe,” he said.

“This is the main rea­son why de­cen­tral­i­sa­tion is nec­es­sary to al­low peo­ple liv­ing in those ar­eas to ini­ti­ate the kind of ser­vices they re­ally need.

“Go­ing to such places and promis­ing them roads, and elec­tric­ity might not be their pri­or­ity hence one has to speak their lan­guage.” —

Sta­dium area Con­stituency mp and Pro­gres­sive democrats (Pd) leader mophato monyake.

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