Parly busi­ness stalls talks

Lesotho Times - - News - Keiso Mohloboli

THE fol­low-up meet­ing be­tween the govern­ment and lead­er­ship of the op­po­si­tion which had been ex­pected to take place this week could not be held due to par­lia­ment busi­ness.

The two par­ties met in Mod­der­poort, South Africa, last week to dis­cuss the re­turn of op­po­si­tion lead­ers who fled to South Africa in May last year af­ter claim­ing their lives were in dan­ger.

All Ba­sotho Con­ven­tion (ABC) leader Thomas Tha­bane, Ba­sotho Na­tional Party (BNP) leader Th­e­sele ‘Maserib­ane and Re­formed Congress of Le­sotho (RCL) leader Keketso Ran­tšo have been liv­ing in South Africa since that time, and last week’s talks dis­cussed their re­turn back home.

The govern­ment was rep­re­sented by For­eign Affairs and In­ter­na­tional Re­la­tions Min­is­ter Tlo­hang Sekhamane and his Home Affairs coun­ter­part, Ad­vo­cate Lekhetho Rakuoane, in the talks.

The Chris­tian Coun­cil of Le­sotho was rep­re­sented by Arch­bishop Tlali Lerotholi of the Ro­man Catholic Church, Bishop Adam Taaso of the Angli­can Church of South­ern Africa, and Rev­erend Tšeliso Masemene of the Le­sotho Evan­gel­i­cal Church of South­ern Africa in the meet­ing.

Dr Tha­bane and Chief ‘ Maserib­ane did not at­tend the talks but Ms Ran­tšo was part of the RCL del­e­ga­tion, which also com­prised deputy leader Dr Mot­lo­h­eloa Phooko and sec­re­tary gen­eral ‘Mamolula Ntabe.

The ABC was rep­re­sented by its deputy leader Tlali Khasu, sec­re­tary gen­eral Sa­monyane Nt­sekele and chair­per­son Mot­lohi Maliehe in the meet­ing, while the BNP del­e­ga­tion com­prised the party’s deputy leader Joang Mo­lapo, chair­per­son Dr Nthabiseng Makoae and political con­sul­tant Pro­fes­sor Kopano Makoa.

Af­ter the meet­ing, Ms Ran­tšo told the Le­sotho Times that a fol­low-up meet­ing was ex­pected this week.

How­ever, Mr Sekhamane yes­ter­day said the meet­ing would not be held this week.

“The del­e­ga­tion agreed that we must not dis­close any­thing re­gard­ing the talks, to the me­dia, but what I can tell you is that there won’t be any meet­ing this week. Ad­vo­cate Rakuoane and I have been busy with the na­tional bud­get in the Na­tional As­sem­bly.

“We will still be busy to­mor­row and Fri­day is Moshoeshoe’s Day, so we will not be able to ar­range the meet­ing this week,” Mr Sekhamane said.

On their part, Mr Nt­sekele, Chief ‘Maserib­ane and Ms Ran­tšo said they were wait­ing com­mu­ni­ca­tion from the govern­ment re­gard­ing the talks.

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