Moleleki ready to play long game

Lesotho Times - - News - Billy Ntaote

DEMO­CRATIC Congress (DC) deputy leader Monyane Moleleki says the party’s Na­tional Ex­ec­u­tive Com­mit­tee (NEC) will pa­tiently wait for Na­tional Assem­bly Speaker Ntl­hoi Mot­samai to an­nounce their with­drawal from the gov­ern­ment.

How­ever, Mr Moleleki stressed in an in­ter­view with the Le­sotho Times yes­ter­day that any de­lays in mak­ing the an­nounce­ment would not re­verse the NEC’S de­ci­sion.

He said DC Sec­re­tary-gen­eral Ralechate ‘ Mokose sub­mit­ted a let­ter to the Na­tional Assem­bly stat­ing the DC’S de­ci­sion to pull out of the seven-party gov­ern­ing coali­tion.

Mr Moleleki, along with NEC mem­bers aligned to his Liru­rubele (but­ter­flies) fac­tion, last week pulled out of the gov­ern­ing coali­tion cit­ing its al­leged fail­ure to unite the po­lit­i­cally-po­larised na­tion, cor­rup­tion, nepo­tism and de­te­ri­o­rat­ing re­la­tions with de­vel­op­ment part­ners among the rea­sons for the de­ci­sion.

Mr Moleleki and four other min­is­ters and deputies also re­signed from gov­ern­ment, be­fore mov­ing to the Na­tional Assem­bly’s cross­bench last Fri­day to sig­nify their with­drawal from the gov­ern­ment.

How­ever, the Liru­rubele- aligned MPS’ ex­pec­ta­tion of hav­ing the de- ci­sion an­nounced by Ms Mot­samai was dashed since Mon­day af­ter she pro­ceeded with nor­mal par­lia­men­tary busi­ness.

The Le­sotho Times is in pos­ses­sion of a copy of the let­ter dated 10 Novem­ber 2016 and ad­dressed to Ms Mot­samai.

Head­lined “With­drawal of the Demo­cratic Congress ( DC) from the coali­tion gov­ern­ment (Khokanyana’ Phiri)” it is signed by Mr ‘Mokose and reads: “The na­tional ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee at its sit­ting of 10 Novem­ber 2016 re­solved to with­draw the DC from the coali­tion gov­ern­ment with im­me­di­ate ef­fect.”

For her part, Ms Mot­samai only ac­knowl­edged re­ceiv­ing the let­ter but did not men­tion when the let­ter would be read to the house.

How­ever, Mr Moleleki said they were pa­tiently wait­ing for the of­fi­cial an­nounce­ment but cau­tioned the speaker the NEC’S de­ci­sion was “fi­nal and her de­lays would not change any­thing”.

“We have to prac­tice re­straint and pa­tience by giv­ing every­one an all-round op­por­tu­nity to deeply re­flect on what they do and say,” he said.

“So we will give her the time she needs to read our let­ter to the house. If she de­lays, what­ever she rules may be over­taken by events, be­cause we have re­signed and she can­not un-re­sign us.”

Mr Moleleki added: “We have re­signed from our po­si­tions and we have with­drawn our party from gov­ern­ment and it is not up to her to try to an­a­lyse dif­fi­cult is­sues. All she needs to do should be in line with par­lia­men­tary pro­ce­dures — full stop — with­out much com­men­tary on that let­ter.”

He said more min­is­ters and MPS would “soon” join them on the cross bench, adding some were still con­sult­ing with their con­stituen­cies.

“We are still wait­ing for more of our mem­bers to re­sign from their min­is­te­rial po­si­tions and other MPS to join us on the cross bench.”

Mr Moleleki stressed Prime Min­is­ter Pakalitha Mo­sisili re­mained the coun­try’s premier “un­til he re­signs”.

“As far as the busi­ness of par­lia­ment and gov­ern­ment is con­cerned, Ntate Mo­sisili re­mains the prime min­is­ter un­til he re­signs,” he said.

“We have said that we will not pass a vote of no con­fi­dence against our leader be­cause we do not want to hu­mil­i­ate him.

It is not that we would not win such a mo­tion against him, you know we would.”

“They have 44 MPS, and one min­is­ter will soon be re­sign­ing leav­ing them with 43. I am go­ing to re­ceive the sig­na­tures of 22 MPS,” Mr Moleleki said, adding that he also had the back­ing of the op­po­si­tion bloc.

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