Mo­sisili ap­peals to ex­iled lead­ers

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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

thabiseng Phohleli.

Home Af­fairs min­is­ter Lekhetho Rakuoane.

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