Motanyane should en­joy his re­tire­ment

Lesotho Times - - Opinions & Analysis -

WE read with great in­ter­est the dis­torte­dis­torted ob­ser­va­tions of the for­mer Na­tional Assem­bly speaker Sephiri Motanyane and for­mer Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment (MP) Sello Maphalla,aphalla, re­gard­ing the so-called ex­pert ad­vice e to the cur­rent Na­tional Assem­bly Speaker Ntl­hoi Mot­samai in re­la­tion to the newly-formed­formed anti-mo­sisili al­liance.

The ad­vice “Parly ex­perts speak on new coali­tion” was pub­lished in the Le­sotho o Times of 1 Novem­ber 2016.

Some­times it is good to be on re­tire­men­trement af­ter work­ing for your coun­try for years. ars. But it is ab­surd to emerge from re­tire­mentnt with dis­torted facts which ac­tu­ally re­flect that, hat, in­deed your brain has seen bet­ter days.

In short, you are tired and your ac­count­count of events can­not be ra­tio­nal nei­ther canan it be ob­jec­tive. It is ad­vis­able for onee to re­main out of the ter­ri­tory whichh he has left some years ago be­cause thehe anal­y­sis can­not com­pre­hend cur­rentent events prop­erly.

Bo-ntate Motanyane and Maphalla a ap­pear to make an at­tempt to lecture thehe cur­rent speaker about par­lia­men­tary pro­ce­ro­ce­dures re­lat­ing to the for­ma­tion of gov­ern­ern­ment. What is ironic is that, the cur­rent nt speaker oc­cu­pied the po­si­tion years s be­fore Ntate Motanyane was even ap­pointed her deputy.

And yet, to­day Ntate Motanyane af­ter be­ing a speaker for a mere two years wants to lecture the cur­rent Speaker of Par­lia­ment. As for Ntate Maphalla, he was an MP.

But that does not give him even the slight­est cre­den­tials to lecture the cur­rent speaker about par­lia­men­tary pro­ce­dures. He is way down the line to even claim any knowl­edge of par­lia­men­tary pro­ce­dures.

What con­fuses me, even more, is that, both these gen­tle­men have the au­dac­ity to sug- gest that the speaker should in­form His Majesty about the com­plex­ion of the house. Why should the Speaker of Par­lia­ment even con­tem­plate in­form­ing the Coun­cil of State and His Majesty about par­lia­men­tary num­bers when there has nei­ther been floor gross­ing nor a vote of no con­fi­dence?

Their ad­vices fall short in ap­pre­ci­at­ing that there is govern­ment in power. In fact, their ad­vices are more suited to March 2015 not Novem­ber 2016 be­cause there is a gov­ern- let­ter about a sim­i­lar al­liance?

In fact, in 2014, two MPS from the All Ba­sotho Con­ven­tion (ABC) had crossed the floor and yet in the cur­rent case, as al­ready al­luded to above, the case is dif­fer­ent be­cause no­body crossed the floor. Ntate Motanyane fur­ther claimed that Prime Min­is­ter Pakalitha Mo­sisili has fewer than 61 seats in par­lia­ment. The ques­tion is how did he es­tab­lish that?

Bo-ntate please en­joy your re­tire­ment. Some­times it is wise not to abuse your free­dom of speech.

The King can­not even think about call­ing for elec­tions or even ap­point­ing an in­terim pre­mier un­less he has been ad­vised to do so by Dr Mo­sisili. We ex­pect you to know this; not un­less you have cer­tain in­ter­est in desta­bil­is­ing the coun­try.

It is im­por­tant for both gen­tle­men to re­call that when the cur­rent govern­ment was sworn in, it had 65 seats and that sta­tus has not changed. I am aware that they are on re­tire­ment prob­a­bly they might have for­got­ten this.

Ntate Motanyane cites the ABC and DC al­liance, and yet the DC he is talk­ing about was part of the DC Na­tional Ex­ec­u­tive Com­mit­tee and not the whole party. Fur­ther­more, this al­liance took place out­side par­lia­ment.

That is why it is called an al­liance not coali­tion. The speaker can­not just wake up and test the strength of MPS with­out a vote of no con­fi­dence. Not un­less they are sug­gest­ing that the speaker should trig­ger a vote her­self. This def­i­nitely can­not hap­pen in a nor­mal set­ting.

If they claim to be ex­perts in par­lia­men­tary pro­ce­dures, they should know this very well, rather than to poi­son the na­tion with their dis­torted in­for­ma­tion and fal­la­cious facts.

l Dr Likoti is Dr Mo­sisili’s ad­vi­sor on eco­nomic and po­lit­i­cal af­fairs.

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