New ‘political move­ment’ launched

Lesotho Times - - News - Pas­cali­nah Kabi

a new “move­ment” aimed at chang­ing the coun­try’s political land­scape was launched in maseru this week.

the move­ment for Democ­racy and De­vel­op­ment (MDD) is the brain­child of moeketsi alexis Hanyane, te­bello mets­ing, Mokhafisi Kena, Sello Maphalla and ntahli matete.

mr Hanyane is for­mer sec­re­tary gen­eral of the Ba­sotho Demo­cratic na­tional Party, while mr mets­ing is for­mer For­eign affairs prin­ci­pal sec­re­tary, and mr maphalla is for­mer deputy leader of the Le­sotho Work­ers’ Party. Mr Kena and Mr Matete are also pub­lic fig­ures in their own right.

How­ever, the five ve­he­mently de­nied the MDD is a political party.

mr Hanyane said the cur­rent political in­sta­bil­ity needs Ba­sotho to form a coali­tion with a gen­uine de­sire for last­ing peace and eco­nomic pros­per­ity for the masses.

“af­ter a hard-thought de­ci­sion, a group of pa­tri­ots met and de­cided to es­tab­lish the move­ment for Democ­racy and De­vel­op­ment, and let me em­pha­sise that this is not an­other political party,” mr Hanyane said.

“in or­der to push this pro­gramme for­ward, the move­ment for Democ­racy and De­vel­op­ment will work with pro­gres­sive Ba­sotho work­ers, peas­ants, busi­ness­peo­ple, revo­lu­tion­ary in­tel­lec­tu­als and peo­ple and or­gan­i­sa­tions from within and out­side the coun­try who de­test cor­rup­tion and sup­port the fair dis­tri­bu­tion of re­sources.”

mr Hanyane also ap­pealed to “all pro­gres­sive and pa­tri­otic Ba­sotho” to come to­gether and end the rule of “the political elite” who have be­come the en­emy of the peo­ple “es­pe­cially the poor”.

“With its poor re­sources, Le­sotho can­not af­ford to main­tain cor­rupt, greedy and this in­com­pe­tent political elite. their greed man­i­fests even when in­di­vid­u­als, lo­cal or for­eign, pro­pose the es­tab­lish­ment of busi­nesses.

“they give out busi­ness li­cences in re­turn for a stake in the pro­posed ven­tures. and if prospec­tive in­vestors turn down th­ese de­mands, their li­censes are not ap­proved. this is what we want to end through the MDD.”

mr Hanyane added: “in pol­i­tics, the MDD would seek to re­duce the num­ber of min­is­ters and mps, cul­ti­vate and pro­mote con­scious­ness re­gard­ing eth­i­cal pub­lic duty.

“the MDD is also go­ing to push for the change of the vot­ing sys­tem, and de­politi­ci­sa­tion of the pub­lic ser­vice for the ben­e­fit of the peo­ple.

“the move­ment is also go­ing to en­sure lo­cals are pro­tected by say­ing all busi­nesses em­ploy­ing less than 10 peo­ple are re­served for Ba­sotho.

“We will also fight cor­rup­tion and foster fair dis­tri­bu­tion of re­sources.”

mr Hanyane em­pha­sised the mdd’s ul­ti­mate goal is not to se­cure par­lia­men­tary seats but rather, change the coun­try’s political sys­tem, so­cio and eco­nomic land­scape.

“it is em­bar­rass­ing to seek to gov­ern a coun­try in this state but if in­di­vid­u­als, political par­ties, and civil or­gan­i­sa­tions come to­gether and say let’s form a political party to ad­vance the mdd’s pro­gramme, we will gladly oblige,” mr Hanyane said.

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