Mo­sisili takes fight to Moleleki

. . . slams DC deputy leader’s call for unity among po­lit­i­cal par­ties

Lesotho Times - - News - Billy Ntaote

PRIME Min­is­ter Prime Min­is­ter Pakalitha Mo­sisili (pic­tured) has re­it­er­ated his stance that con­gress and na­tion­al­ist par­ties are like oil and wa­ter that don’t mix in a sly dig at his Demo­cratic Con­gress (DC) deputy Monyane Moleleki.

In his first re­sponse to Mr Moleleki’s po­lit­i­cal ma­neu­ver­ers, Dr Mo­sisili said “a cer­tain highly-placed of­fi­cial within the DC” had been call­ing on con­gress and na­tion­al­ist par­ties to unite.

The re­marks, which the pre­mier made dur­ing a con­stituency gath­er­ing in Ke­tane over the week­end, were clearly aimed at Mr Moleleki who has vowed to work to­wards uni­fy­ing Ba­sotho and “bring to an end the po­lar­i­sa­tion that crip­pled the na­tion’s in­sti­tu­tions”.

Ad­dress­ing hun­dreds of DC and op­po­si­tion sup­port­ers who gath­ered to wel­come him home late last month from a work­ing visit to Rus­sia and Iran, Mr Moleleki said he wanted to unify Ba­sotho re­gard­less of their po­lit­i­cal per­sua­sion.

The DC deputy leader said the coun­try re­cently cel­e­brated 50 years of in­de­pen­dence, yet the coun­try was deeply di­vided.

“It is time that we guar­an­tee the unity of our peo­ple within po­lit­i­cal par­ties and be­tween po­lit­i­cal par­ties,” he said.

Apart from DC sup­port­ers, the gath­er­ing in­cluded All Ba­sotho Con­ven­tion (ABC), Ba­sotho Na­tional Party (BNP), Re­formed Con­gress of Le­sotho and Le­sotho Peo­ple’s Con­gress mem­bers among oth­ers.

Mr Moleleki also ad­mit­ted his Liru­rubele (but­ter­flies) fac­tion was hold­ing talks with ABC leader Thomas Tha­bane to form a new gov­ern­ment.

Dr Mo­sisili, who is linked with the ri­val­lithope (loosely trans­lated to girl­friends) fac­tion, has since re­sponded with a cab­i­net reshuf­fle that has purged min­is­ters aligned to the Liru­rubele fac­tion and moved Mr Moleleki from the Po­lice min­istry to the Prime Min­is­ter’s Of­fice which is deemed as a de­mo­tion.

In his ad­dress, Dr Mo­sisili said con­trary to the claims of “a cer­tain highly-placed of­fi­cial” con­gress and na­tional party fol­low­ers would never be united.

He said the na­tion­al­ist par­ties were led by chiefs since their for­ma­tion, and hence elit­ist, while con­gress par­ties were led by com­mon­ers.

“It is not by co­in­ci­dence that the BNP is led by Chief Th­e­sele ‘Maserib­ane and deputised by Chief Joang Mo­lapo. It’s not by co­in­ci­dence that they are all chiefs; it has al­ways been an elit­ist party dom­i­nated by chiefs while con­gress par­ties are led by com­mon­ers,” said Dr Mo­sisili.

“For that rea­son, we would be lost if we lis­tened to some of our own peo­ple mak­ing re­marks that we heard re­cently. Such re­marks were made by some­one among you, a very highly placed party of­fi­cial among us.

He added: “He ( Mr Moleleki) claimed to be unit­ing sup­port­ers of con­gress par­ties with the na­tion­al­ists.

“I am the one who said that con­gress and na­tion­al­ist par­ties are like wa­ter and oil, they can never mix. Then I was sur­prised to hear this per­son cham­pi­oning unity for the con­gress and na­tion­al­ist par­ties and also at­tack­ing me.”

The DC leader said unit­ing the par­ties was bound to fail as they es­poused di­a­met­ri­cally dif­fer­ent ide­olo­gies.

“There is noth­ing mys­te­ri­ous about what we have here in Le­sotho where po­lit­i­cal par­ties are di­vided along con­gress and na­tion­al­ists.

“The Amer­i­cans have their Democrats, who were rep­re­sented by ‘Me’ Hil­lary Clin­ton, and Repub­li­cans, who were rep­re­sented by Ntate Don­ald Trump dur­ing their elec­tions. It has al­ways been like that since the time Amer­ica fought for its in­de­pen­dence. The two par­ties were al­ways con­test­ing for po­lit­i­cal of­fice.”

He also stated that United States Pres­i­dent Barack Obama, who will soon be hand­ing over to Repub­li­can Mr Trump, was a Demo­crat while for­mer pres­i­dent Ge­orge W Bush and his fa­ther were also Repub­li­cans.

“It would there­fore be a form of cow­ardice for some­one to say the di­vi­sion be­tween con­gress and na­tion­al­ists should end merely be­cause we have marked 50 years of our in­de­pen­dence,” Dr Mo­sisili said.

“He (Mr Moleleki) said con­gress and na­tion­al­ists are un­wanted ide­o­log­i­cal dif­fer­ences among our peo­ple to­day, and their times have come to an end, and it is time for a new think­ing. We are re­ally in trou­ble. That is a wrong ng mes­sage and a big mis­take.”

He said thee con­gress-na­tion­al­ist di­vide showed wed the vi­brancy of Le­sotho’s pol­i­tics. tics. The pre­mier gave the ex­am­ple mple of the ABC, say­ing Dr Tha­bane abane gave his party the nameme con­ven­tion to dif­fer­en­ti­ate it from con­gress par­ties, and to o show its na­tion­al­ist lean­ings.

“I have al­ways ays said that even though Ntate Tha­bane’s party is called a con­ven­tion ntion and it dif­fers with the BNP,, it is still the same thing. They arere all na­tion­al­ists. It was no­tot a mis­take that when hen Ntate Tha­bane ne formed thehe ABC he said its let­ter ‘C’ doesn’t stand for con­gress but a con­ven­tion,” added Dr Mo­sisili.

“Here, in Le­sotho, you’re ei­ther a con­gress fol­lower or a na­tion­al­ist party fol­lower. So we should be vigilant be­cause we are def­i­nitely at a cross roads right now.”

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