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Lesotho Times - - Front Page - Billy Ntaote

THE High Court will to­day hear a case in which the tri­par­tite op­po­si­tion bloc is seek­ing to block its Mem­bers of Par­lia­ment’s (MPS) pos­si­ble ex­pul­sion by Na­tional Assem­bly Speaker Ntl­hoi Mot­samai.

The ap­pli­cants, All Ba­sotho Con­ven­tion (ABC) Sec­re­tary-gen­eral Sa­monyane Nt­sekele, Ba­sotho Na­tional Party (BNP) Sec­re­tary-gen­eral Regi­nald Tekateka and the Re­formed Con­gress of Le­sotho (RCL) deputy leader Dr Mot­lo­h­eloa Phooko seek the court’s in­ter­ven­tion in light of the an­tic­i­pated ex­pul­sion of their MPS.

The Le­sotho Times has learnt the trio filed the ur­gent court ap­pli­ca­tion fol­low­ing Prime Min­is­ter Pakalitha Mo­sisili and his deputy, Mo­thetjoa Mets­ing’s re­marks that 10 op­po­si­tion MPS had lost their par­lia­men­tary seats af­ter fail­ing to show up for sit­tings of the house for a num­ber of days ex­ceed­ing one third of the to­tal num­ber of sit­tings of the house in a year.

If ex­e­cuted, the move to ex­pel the MPS would see among oth­ers ABC leader and Abia con­stituency leg­is­la­tor Thomas Tha­bane, BNP leader and Pro­por­tional Rep­re­sen­ta­tion MP Th­e­sele ‘Maserib­ane and Keketso Ran­tšo, leader of the RCL and PR MP lose their seats in Par­lia­ment.

Other mem­bers of the op­po­si­tion who could lose their seats in Par­lia­ment in­clude the Qoal­ing con­stituency leg­is­la­tor Cha­lane Phori and Sta­dium Area con­stituency leg­is­la­tor Mokher­ane Tsat­sanyane both from the ABC.

Mr Nt­sekele said the par­ties’ ur­gent ap­pli­ca­tion was ex­pected to be heard by the High Court at 9:30am to­day.

He said the plot to ex­pel the op­po­si­tion MPS who had failed to at­tend sit­tings of the house comes as an at­tempt by the seven par­ties’ coali­tion gov­ern­ment lead­ers to dodge and or frus­trate a loom­ing mo­tion of no con­fi­dence in Dr Mo­sisili.

“It is a mat­ter of pub­lic knowl­edge that it

is an at­tempt to frus­trate a mo­tion of no con­fi­dence against this fail­ing prime min­is­ter,” said Mr Nt­sekele

“Both the prime min­is­ter and his deputy, Ntate Mets­ing have on sev­eral oc­ca­sions stated their in­ten­tion to dis­miss the ex­iled MPS from par­lia­ment.

“Our ar­gu­ment in the court pa­pers is that in law, the Speaker does not have pow­ers to de­ter­mine whether a va­cancy ex­ists in the Na­tional Assem­bly.”

Nt­sekele said the par­ties are still not clear ex­actly how many MPS could be af­fected by the al­leged plot but em­pha­sised the need to block it even be­fore it is ex­e­cuted.

The ap­pli­cants are rep­re­sented by At­tor­ney Tu­misang Mosotho.

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