Moleleki sings Mets­ing’s praises

Lesotho Times - - News - ’Marafaele Mohloboli

LERIBE — Demo­cratic Congress (DC) deputy leader, Monyane Moleleki, on Sun­day lav­ished praise on Deputy Prime Min­is­ter Mo­thetjoa Mets­ing.

Mr Moleleki told guests at­tend­ing Mr Mets­ing’s be­lated 49th birth­day party in Ma­hobong in Leribe district that the Le­sotho Congress for Democ­racy (LCD) leader was one of the “strong­est pil­lars” of the coali­tion govern­ment and even if he had “haters”, the DC and the other six par­ties in govern­ment “love” him.

Mr Moleleki has widely been seen as Mr Mets­ing’s arch­en­emy, with the al­leged ri­valry said to have started when both were still mem­bers of the LCD be­fore the party split in 2011, giv­ing birth to the DC.

How­ever, in his ad­dress at the birth­day cel­e­bra­tion at­tended by a huge crowd of about 7000 pre­dom­i­nantly LCD sup­port­ers, Mr Moleleki gave no hint what­so­ever of the al­leged ri­valry and in­stead, heaped praise on the deputy premier.

Speak­ing in para­bles, Mr Moleleki said ev­ery tent was sup­ported by “two big pil­lars” in ref­er­ence to DC leader and Prime Min­is­ter Pakalitha Mo­sisili and Mr Mets­ing. Mr Moleleki added there were smaller pil­lars that also sup­ported the tent. The po­lice min­is­ter said he was happy to be one of those smaller pil­lars.

“Ev­ery tent has pil­lars to sup­port it; some are small and Ntate Mets­ing is one of the big ones.

“We have this good govern­ment in place now be­cause of him; he is one of the big pil­lars that are sup­port­ing this tent of Le­sotho,” Mr Moleleki said.

“We are very grate­ful for

Ntate

Mets­ing’s life be­cause whether you love or hate him, it is an undis­puted fact that he is one of the big pil­lars this govern­ment is lean­ing on. And should he be shaken, all those lean­ing on him would fall.

“As for me, I am just one of the smaller pil­lars that sur­round the two big ones.

“Those who hate this good, sturdy govern­ment can be very an­gry and ques­tion why this pil­lar is sup­port­ing this tent. They can even de­mand that it be dropped so that the tent can col­lapse on those sit­ting in­side it.”

Mr Moleleki said ev­ery­one loved sit­ting un­der the tent “and for that rea­son, we are all gath­ered here to cel­e­brate Ntate Mets­ing’s life be­cause he is the main­stay of the govern­ment”.

He con­tin­ued: “On be­half of my lead­ers and your part­ners in the coali­tion, we are very happy and thank­ful for your life. You should know that even if you have haters, we love you.”

Mr Moleleki also spoke about “ru­mours” that he was not happy that Mr Mets­ing, and not him, had been ap­pointed deputy premier.

“I am very sane and no one could be hap­pier than me for not be­ing the deputy prime min­is­ter,” he said.

LCD gen­eral sec­re­tary, Se­libe Mo­choboroane, also praised Mr Mets­ing for his re­silience. Mr Mets­ing’s bit­ter dis­pute with for­mer prime min­is­ter Thomas Tha­bane led to the col­lapse of the pre­vi­ous govern­ment, and an early elec­tion in Fe­bru­ary last year.

The LCD leader was Dr Tha­bane’s deputy but fell out af­ter he ac­cused the then premier of al­legedly mak­ing uni­lat­eral de­ci­sions on key is­sues with a bear­ing on good gov­er­nance.

Af­ter the col­lapse of the LCD, All Ba­sotho Con­ven­tion and Ba­sotho Na­tional Party govern­ment, Mr Mets­ing’s party joined the DC, Pop­u­lar Front for Democ­racy, Le­sotho Peo­ple’s Congress, Ba­sotho Congress Party, Mare­mat­lou Free­dom Party and Na­tional In­de­pen­dent Party in an­other coali­tion af­ter the 28 Fe­bru­ary 2015 poll.

“We see Ntate Mets­ing as our hero; a brave man who never chick­ened out to save the congress move­ment and Ba­sotho at large when things be­came mud­dled in the pre­vi­ous govern­ment.

“Next year, th­ese cel­e­bra­tions are go­ing to be big­ger as he will be com­mem­o­rat­ing his 50th ju­bilee. Long Live Our Leader!”

Deputy prime Min­is­ter Mo­thetjoa Mets­ing (cen­tre) ar­rives at the birth­day party.

LCD sup­port­ers chant party slo­gans as they wel­come their leader.

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