Op­po­si­tion plans no con­fi­dence vote

Lesotho Times - - Front Page - Billy Ntaote

THE op­po­si­tion’s nu­mer­i­cal strength in the Na­tional Assem­bly will be put to the test this week as it seeks to pass a vote of no con­fi­dence in Deputy Speaker Mon­tšuoe Lethoba.

Should it suc­ceed, the move would be the pre­cur­sor to a much big­ger vote of no con­fi­dence in Prime Min­is­ter Pakalitha Mo­sisili.

A mo­tion pa­per dated 15 Novem­ber 2016 and seen by this pub­li­ca­tion lists Ba­sotho Na­tional Party (BNP) Deputy Leader Joang Mo­lapo and the Re­formed Congress of Le­sotho (RCL) Sec­re­tary-gen­eral ‘ Mamolula Ntabe as the co-spon­sors of the move to un­seat Mr Lethoba.

The mo­tion, comes amid the high drama of in­fight­ing in the Demo­cratic Congress (DC) which led to last week’s res­o­lu­tion by the party’s na­tional ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee (NEC) to with­draw from the seven-party coali­tion gov­ern­ment thus rais­ing the spec­tre of a vote of no con­fi­dence in the gov­ern­ment.

How­ever, the NEC’S call has not been heeded by all party mem­bers as DC leader Prime Min­is­ter Pakalitha Mo­sisili and other mem­bers re­main on the gov­ern­ment bench in the na­tional assem­bly de­spite calls for them to re­sign.

Chief Mo­lapo yes­ter­day told the Le­sotho Times they had been em­bold­ened to make their move by the di­vi­sions in the DC.

“We re­alised that the Speaker (Ntl­hoi Mot­samai) in­tends to an­nounce the changes brought to the house by the DC NEC’S res­o­lu­tion to with­draw from the gov­ern­ment at her own leisure and we want to test our strength to see whether we will be able to meet the re­quired sim­ple ma­jor­ity to oust the Deputy Speaker in the Na­tional Assem­bly through a vote of no con­fi­dence,” Chief Mo­lapo said.

He said should the move suc­ceed, “it is a log­i­cal con­clu­sion that a mo­tion of no con­fi­dence in the prime min­is­ter shall fol­low”.

“When peo­ple see the num­bers that the op­po­si­tion has and the premier him­self sees the num­bers, he will re­alise that those are the num­bers aligned against him.

“Ntate Mo­sisili will know what is go­ing on and that will tell him that if we win he will also lose a mo­tion of con­fi­dence. And peo­ple in the DC will end up fol­low­ing their party’s di­rec­tive and move to the cross bench and join Ntate Moleleki,” Chief Mo­lapo said.

Ms Ntabe echoed the sen­ti­ment, say­ing it was the role of the op­po­si­tion, as a gov­ern­ment in wait­ing, to test if gov­ern­ment still had the nu­mer­i­cal strength that it pos­sessed when it came to power.

For his part, All Ba­sotho Con­ven­tion Chief Whip, Mot­lohi Maliehe said the party was en­gaged in ne­go­ti­a­tions with its al­lies on the modal­i­ties of co­op­er­a­tion when the time came to vote for the pro­posed mo­tion against the deputy speaker.

BNP deputy leader Joang Mo­lapo.

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