SADC re­port will not bring polls: Mokhosi

Lesotho Times - - News - ’Marafaele Mohloboli

LE­SOTHO Congress for Democ­racy (LCD) deputy leader Tšeliso Mokhosi says the pub­li­ca­tion of the SADC Com­mis­sion of In­quiry re­port into Le­sotho’s in­sta­bil­ity will not re­sult in elec­tions as the cur­rent coali­tion govern­ment was “united”.

Mr Mokhosi, who is also De­fence and Na­tional Se­cu­rity Min­is­ter, made the re­marks this week at a press con­fer­ence in Maseru to wel­come 12 peo­ple whom he said had de­fected to the LCD from other political par­ties. Ac­cord­ing to Mr Mokhosi, the de­fec­tors were for­mer All Ba­sotho Con­ven­tion (ABC), Demo­cratic Congress, Re­formed Congress of Le­sotho (RCL) and Ba­sotho Na­tional Party mem­bers.

Among the de­fec­tors was Te­bello Phangoa, who is the for­mer pri­vate sec­re­tary to RCL leader Keketso Ran­tšo and for­mer ABC Thi­bella branch chair­per­son Lim­pho Mofele­hetsi.

Mr Mokhosi said the pub­li­ca­tion of Jus­tice Mpa­phi Phumaphi’s re­port, which was tabled in the Na­tional As­sem­bly on Mon­day by Prime Min­is­ter Pakalitha Mo­sisili, will not re­sult in a change of govern­ment.

“I hear some peo­ple say­ing that once the re­port is pub­lished, there will be a change of govern­ment as fresh elec­tions would have to be held. How­ever, there is no truth to that at all. The only rea­son the pre­vi­ous coali­tion govern­ment did not serve its full term was be­cause it was a house di­vided against it­self. We went for early elec­tions last year be­cause the coali­tion lead­ers did not see eye to eye. Ul­ti­mately, we failed one an­other and we ac­tu­ally failed our­selves,” he said.

The LCD deputy leader said the elec­tions the op­po­si­tion bloc was clam­our­ing for would not ma­te­ri­alise.

“We shall only go for elec­tions when the time is right, or when those in govern­ment fail again and not when peo­ple en­joy­ing them­selves in Clo­colan, La­dy­brand and Ficks­burg call for elec­tions,” said Mr Mokhosi re­fer­ring to lead­ers of the op­po­si­tion who are in self im­posed ex­iled in South Africa.

The Phumaphi com­mis­sion re­port re­leased this week has hinted at an­other early elec­tion be­ing a pos­si­bil­ity un­less the chal­lenges fac­ing Le­sotho are re­solved but Mr Mokhosi seemed to dis­agree with that ob­ser­va­tion.

In wel­com­ing the party’s new mem­bers, Mr Mokhosi said they had come to their true political home.

“Just like the good shep­herd who lost and found one of his sheep, we wel­come you into our fold. I am grate­ful that you re­alised you were lost and de­cided to come back. Some of you were trusted by your masters, but in your search for the truth, you have aban­doned them,” he said.

Mr Mokhosi added that there was a time when party leader, Deputy Prime Min­is­ter Mo­thetjoa Mets­ing, was vil­i­fied by some party mem­bers who wanted to oust him, but “be­cause of the truth he came out a vic­tor”.

“Ntate Mets­ing has al­ways preached and be­lieved in the truth, he al­ways re­minded us that he who is vic­timised shall be saved by the truth for he is loved by God,” he said.

“God is with the LCD and has fought all our bat­tles. Our crit­ics thought the LCD would be dead by now, but we are still in­tact and as strong as ever.”

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