Motanyane should enjoy his retirement
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.