Likoti blasts Tha­bane-moleleki pact

Lesotho Times - - News - Billy Ntaote

PRIME Min­is­ter Pakalitha Mmo­sisili’s Eco­nomic and Po­lit­i­cal Ad­vi­sor, Fako Llikoti (pic­tured), says the coali­tion pact be­tween­betw for­mer Demo­crat­ic­cratic Congress (DC) deput­deputy leader Monyane Moleleki and the op­po­si­tionop­positi bloc is doomed as it is pred­i­cated on a wwrong premise and inked by “un­prin­ci­pled” sig­na­to­ries. In an in­ter­view with the Le­sotho Times this week, DDR Likoti said Mr Moleleki’s en­vis­age­den­visag govern­ment of na­tional unity (GNU)GN was usu­ally formed as a con­flict res­o­lutres­o­lu­tion mech­a­nism to re­store democ­racy and not to oust an elected govern­ment. On 24 Novem­ber this yyear, Mr Moleleki signed a coali­tion agreeme­na­gree­ment with the All Ba­sothosotho Con­ven­tion and its opop­po­si­tion part­ners, Ba­sotho Na­tional Par­ty­par and Re­formed Congress of Lle­sotho, meant to oust ththe seven-party coali­tioali­tion govern­ment led by DDR Mo­sisili. Ti­tled “The Coali­tion Agree­ment for Na­tional Unity and Rec­on­cil­i­a­tion”, the pact called on all po­lit­i­cal par­ties to join the al­liance to form a GNU. Un­der the agree­ment, Mr Moleleki would head the coali­tion for the first 18 months upon form­ing govern­ment and there­after trade places with ABC leader and for­mer pre­mier Thomas Tha­bane who would be deputy prime min­is­ter.

How­ever, Mr Moleleki, who signed the agree­ment as the leader of a DC fac­tion op­posed to Dr Mo­sisili, was last week sus­pended from the party for six years along with nine other Na­tional Ex­ec­u­tive Com­mit­tee (NEC) mem­bers.

Mr Moleleki has since an­nounced his in­ten­tion to form a new po­lit­i­cal party in light of his sus­pen­sion and ad­mit­ted the coali­tion pact would need to be rene­go­ti­ated in light of re­cent de­vel­op­ments.

Dr Likoti said Mr Moleleki and his fol­low­ers’ “fa­tal mis­take” was to join forces with the “un­trust­wor­thy” Dr Tha­bane.

“It came as a great shock to us that Moleleki and his rebels de­cided to join forces with Tha­bane who is a se­rial vi­o­la­tor of in­ter­na­tional agree­ments,” he said.

“Tha­bane is the same man who un­der­mined the three-party coali­tion govern­ment he was lead­ing in 2014. He has to date re­neged on three un­der­tak­ings with Dr Mo­sisili.”

By their na­ture, Dr Likoti said, GNUS are meant to foster and pro­mote democ­racy and not sub­vert it “as is the case with this agree­ment”.

He said GNUS were suc­cess­fully im­ple­mented in post con­flict sce­nar­ios in South Africa, af­ter the end of apartheid, and in Zim­babwe, af­ter the dis­puted 2008 elec­tions.

Dr Likoti said a GNU is never es­tab­lished to oust a sit­ting govern­ment since it is in­clu­sive by na­ture.

“A GNU is never es­tab­lished to re­move a demo­crat­i­cally-elected govern­ment. Right now, there is no po­lit­i­cal strife in Le­sotho war­rant­ing a power shar­ing ar­range­ment or GNU as sug­gested by both Tha­bane and Moleleki,” he said.

“Le­sotho’s po­lit­i­cal sys­tem is not as po­larised as some peo­ple make it out to be. We still at­tend so­cial gath­er­ings to­gether such as fu­ner­als, wed­dings and even foot­ball matches.

“Sup­port­ers of po­lit­i­cal par­ties don’t dis­rupt ri­val par­ties’ ral­lies as is the case where you find me­di­a­tion for the for­ma­tion of GNUS tak­ing place.”

Dr Likoti also poured scorn on the agree­ment for not hav­ing the in­put of other par­ties and not ex­plain­ing the mech­a­nisms by which they can join the al­liance.

“What they have done is dis­re­spect­ful to all the other po­lit­i­cal par­ties. A GNU is not es­tab­lished by peo­ple who re­belled against their own party leader- ship.

“It is never es­tab­lished by peo­ple who failed to man­age their in­tra-party con­flicts.”

He took is­sue with Mr Moleleki’s plea for sup­port­ers of congress and na­tion­al­ist par­ties to take the cue of church lead­ers who united un­der the Chris­tian Coun­cil of Le­sotho (CCL) um­brella.

“The CCL was not founded as a re­bel­lion against demo­crat­i­cally-elected bish­ops. The CCL com­par­i­son is out of or­der and mis­chievous on the part of Moleleki; he should know bet­ter,” charged Dr Likoti.

“The CCL was not formed as a re­bel­lion against an ex­ist­ing or­der as they are try­ing to do against the in­cum­bent prime min­is­ter.”

He also took aim at op­po­si­tion leg­is­la­tors, say­ing they “dis­mally” failed to hold min­is­ters ac­count­able through the use of port­fo­lio com­mit­tees.

“In­stead, they con­tinue to dis­sem­i­nate base­less ac­cu­sa­tions that there is ram­pant abuse of state funds by govern­ment min­is­ters.”

Dr Likoti said the op­po­si­tion MPS did not take for­mer Fi­nance min­is­ter Dr ‘Mam­phono Khaketla to task over al­le­ga­tions of im­pro­pri­ety in the award­ing of a govern­ment ve­hi­cle fleet ten­der to Bid­vest Bank Lim­ited.

Dr Khaketla has been ac­cused of cor­rup­tion and dis­re­gard­ing the due process in award­ing the ten­der to Bid­vest at the ex­pense of joint ven­ture com­pany, Le­be­lonyane, that had been rec­om­mended for the con­tract. The min­is­ter, who was last month reshuf­fled to the For­eign Af­fairs port­fo­lio, has ve­he­mently de­nied the al­le­ga­tions.

“Par­lia­men­tar­i­ans are given pow­ers to hold the govern­ment ac­count­able through port­fo­lio com­mit­tees. How­ever, they failed to hold the for­mer Fi­nance min­is­ter ac­count­able on the al­le­ga­tions of im­pro­pri­ety,” said Dr Likoti.

“They should have just called her to the rel­e­vant port­fo­lio com­mit­tee and asked her about this Bid­vest con­tract they claim was cor­ruptly awarded.

“Un­for­tu­nately, most of these MPS just en­joy be­ing back­benchers with­out per­form­ing their over­sight func­tions.”

He also dared op­po­si­tion MPS to is­sue a mo­tion of no con­fi­dence against Dr Mo­sisili and “stop mak­ing un­sub­stan­ti­ated al­le­ga­tions that the govern­ment does not have the req­ui­site num­bers in the Na­tional Assem­bly to re­main in power”.

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