Can the opposition engage PM?
It is quite interesting because the Opposition recently expressed hopelessness in the governance situation and called for SADC to take over the military and other components of governance of the Kingdom. Does the Opposition agree with this? Can the Opposition take full stock of the Prime Minister’s address and give commentary?
While concentrating on the issues that the Prime Minister may be seen as limiting within a predetermined framework, the Opposition is at liberty to indicate which issues have in their view been omitted, which have been exaggerated or avoided.
The Prime Minister calls upon the Opposition to report to parliament when it resumes as boycotting sittings is unfair to the taxpayers and citizens who nonetheless continue to pay MPS for being their representatives.
What does the Opposition say, true or false? Although the Prime Minister calls upon the Opposition leadership in exile to come back home for a joint development programme with government, it is not clear what he says about security or any outstanding issues.
It would be recalled that on the 3rd July 2015 sitting in Tšoane, South Africa, the SADC Double Troika expressed concern over what it said was “the deterioration of the political and security situ- ation in the kingdom of Lesotho, which forced the main opposition leaders to flee the country fearing for their security, and exacerbated by the tragic death of Brigadier Maaparankoe Mahao, the former Lesotho Defense Force (LDF) Commander on the 25th June 2015”.
The sub-regional body also encouraged government to fast-track the speedy and safe return home of Opposition leaders. Though the Mosisili-tom talks were initiated and were at one point reported to have reached considerable progress on a number of points of convergence, it came out later that the some points of divergence still exist and may need to be ironed out before finalisation of the deal.
Can the opposition leaders in exile engage the Prime Minister on this one? If the Opposition leaves this unattended, they would be missing critical component of their mandate, which is helping ordinary citizens fully appreciate the work of government for an informed appraisal.