Mosisili appeals to exiled leaders
Prime minister Pakalitha mosisilisisili says he is surprised by accusationstions that his government has not made any effort to reach out to three e opposition party leaders who fledd the country last month.
According to Dr mosisili, who is also leader of the ruling Demoemocratic Congress (DC), his coalitionition administration had tried to contact ntact the leaders in South Africa wherehere they are in ‘hiding’ for the purpose pose of “facilitating their safe return rn to Lesotho”.
The main opposition All Basothootho Convention (ABC) leader Thomas mas Thabane, Basotho National Party arty (BNP) leader Thesele ‘maseribane ane and reformed Congress of Lesothootho (RCL) leader Keketso Rantšo, fled the country last month allegedlyedly after being tipped off that there ere were plans to assassinate them.m.
Addressing a media briefing in maseru on monday, Dr mosisiliili said a meeting between governnment and church-leaders to diss- cuss the plight of the exiled pol- iticians had agreed on a followup “to discuss the matter further”.
“it was agreed that Home Affairs minister Lekhetho rakuoane and Foreign Affairs minister Tlohang Sekhamane, should represent government in that meeting,” mosisili said.
However, when mr rakuoane later called Chief ‘maseribane to agree on the date and time of the meeting, the BNP leader was not forthcoming, the premier added . them with security as it is our responsi sponsibility to protect every mosotho.”
The premier also said he had received reports that after fleeing Lesotho, Dr Thabane and Chief ‘maseriba seribane, had visited the Southern Africa African Development Community (SADC (SADC) Headquarters in Botswana seekin seeking to meet with the regional bloc’s chairperson, President robert mu mugabe of Zimbabwe “to discuss their c concerns with him about their compr compromised security in Lesotho”. “Bu “But President mugabe refused to ta talk to them after asking them if th they had first reported their fea fears to either government, he heads of churches or South Afr rica’s President Jacob Zama, w who is the Chairman of the Organ of Defence and Security Cooperation ,” Dr mosisili said.
“Because their answers to P President mugabe’s questions wer were all in the negative, he declined to talk to them and instead, advise advised them to return home to report th the matter to the relevant authorities.”
However, Dr Thabane on Tuesday dismissed Dr mosisili’s statement that they had been snubbed by mr mugabe, telling the Lesotho Times that “he’s just saving face”.
According to the ABC leader, Lesotho government officials could not care less about their safety saying if they did, they would never have reinstated Lesotho Defence Force (LDF) Commander Lieutenant General Tlali Kamoli. Dr Tha- bane fired Lt Gen Kamoli in August 2014 for alleged insubordination but refused to vacate the post arguing the dismissal had not followed due process.
“When i was the prime minister, I removed Kamoli from office because he did not respect me and also endangered my life. But when mosisili took over, he reinstated him despite the danger this man poses,” Dr Thabane said.
The ABC leader added it defied logic why government wanted to meet with the exiled leaders because they had nothing to discuss.
“i don’t know what it is that these people want from us, where and why they want us to meet. When we fled, didn’t they realise that our lives were in danger?” Dr Thabane asked.
The former premier also berated Dr mosisili for “pretending to care”, insisting if he did, “he would have called me a long time ago as a follow-up on my welfare”.
“But he hasn’t called to check on me and has not appealed to me to return home. i have left my children, he has not. He couldn’t care less. He’s lying and only trying to save face.
“We released Kamoli from the army but mosisili got back at us by reinstating him, yet he expects us to be free in Lesotho. Well, life is a spinning wheel and things will turn against him one day.
“Now he can comfortably say whatever he wants because he is in power but he should know it will come to an end one day.”
mr Letjama said.
“Ms Lephoi’s dedication to finding assistance for the school should set an example to many people and that is what encouraged the LRA to also become selfless in giving.”
On her part, ms Lephoi expressed gratitude for the initiative, saying the LRA came through for the school when she had given up.
“The LRA has restored dignity to this place. There were no toilets, with the children and teachers forced to go into dongas to relieve themselves,” she said.
“We had 101 pupils - from standard one to standard seven — who used to be crammed in only two classrooms.
“initially, the LRA had planned to build two classrooms, but later increased the number to four, built an office for the school and also painted the classroom walls inside and outside to ensure the place looked decent. We are overwhelmed by their response.”
Also present at the ceremony was Health Deputy minister Liteboho Kompi, Agriculture and Food Security Deputy minister mamosa molapo, Principal Chief of rothe Bereng m Bereng, Area Chief Neo Bereng, and member of Parliament for rothe Constituency man
Home Affairs minister Lekhetho Rakuoane.