Re­prieve for op­po­si­tion MPS

Lesotho Times - - News - Tefo Tefo

LAWYERS rep­re­sent­ing the Speaker of the Na­tional Assem­bly Ntl­hoi Mot­samai and the At­tor­ney Gen­eral King’s Coun­sel Tšokolo Makhethe have made an un­der­tak­ing be­fore the High Court Judge Jus­tice Molefi Makara to sus­pend act­ing on the ‘show cause’ let­ters writ­ten to some Mem­bers of Par­lia­ment (MPS) last week.

The tri­par­tite op­po­si­tion bloc con­sist­ing of All Ba­sotho Con­ven­tion (ABC), Ba­sotho Na­tional Party (BNP) and Re­formed Con­gress of Le­sotho (RCL) on 9 Novem­ber 2016 filed an ap­pli­ca­tion in the High Court chal­leng­ing the an­tic­i­pated ex­pul­sion of some of their MPS for al­leged ab­sen­teeism in the Na­tional Assem­bly.

The Speaker and the At­tor­ney Gen­eral are cited as the first and se­cond re­spon­dents re­spec­tively.

Last Fri­day, Ms Mot­samai wrote let­ters to 13 op­po­si­tion MPS re­quest­ing them to show cause why she should not ex­pel them from the Na­tional Assem­bly for al­leged ab­sen­teeism with­out her per­mis­sion. But on Mon­day the lawyers rep­re­sent­ing the re­spon­dents made an un­der­tak­ing be­fore Jus­tice Makara that the Speaker would not act on the let­ters un­til the ap­pli­ca­tion has been fi­nalised. The High Court As­sis­tant Reg­is­trar Stafford Sharite yes­ter­day con­firmed the de­vel­op­ments to the Le­sotho Times.

“The re­spon­dents’ lawyers have made an un­der­tak­ing that the re­spon­dents would not act on the let­ters un­til the mat­ter has been dis­posed of,” Ad­vo­cate Sharite said.

But he said the date of hear­ing would be set af­ter all the pa­pers had been filed in court.

The MPS that face ex­pul­sion in­clude the ex­iled op­po­si­tion bloc lead­ers, for­mer Prime Min­is­ter Thomas Thabane, Th­e­sele ‘Maserib­ane and Keketso Ran­tšo of the ABC, BNP and RCL re­spec­tively.

The trio sought refuge in South Africa on 11, 13 and 26 May 2015 re­spec­tively, al­legedly af­ter be­ing alerted of a plot to kill them by Le­sotho De­fence Force (LDF) mem­bers — an ac­cu­sa­tion the army and gov­ern­ment have ve­he­mently de­nied.

Other MPS fac­ing ex­pul­sion in­clude the BNP’S Joang Mo­lapo and Dr Nthabiseng Makoae and the ABC’S Sa­monyane Nt­sekele, Leshoboro Mohla­joa, Tšoeu Molise, Ma­joro Mo­hapi, Cha­lane Phori, Mokher­ane Tsat­sanyane, Mot­lohi Maliehe and Prince Maliehe.

In her let­ters to the MPS, Ms Mot­samai gave them un­til to­mor­row to mo­ti­vate why they should not be ex­pelled for al­legedly be­ing ab­sent dur­ing a third of the to­tal ses­sions of the house in a year with­out her per­mis­sion. The three par­ties are rep­re­sented by At­tor­ney Tu­misang Mosotho and the re­spon­dents are rep­re­sented by lawyers from Web­ber Newdi­gate.

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