Moleleki sings Metsing’s praises
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
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.