Makhabane e Maluke
As a consequence of a violation of collective action of the stay away, a Basotho National Party back bencher who attended some of the sittings following predicaments which befell her constituency, an attempt by her party to eject and replace her and another, with those next on the party list failed.
That was not just educative to political parties that did not know that they may not just substitute an MP like an underperforming footballer in a match.
That also encouraged rebellion because there is presently no legal provision to recall an MP for whatever reason. That was a sad defeat for the party- which was further rewarded with the formation of another splinter party outside parliament.
Defections from parties, including the ruling parties, had a negative effect as it reduced the number of seats each had in the House.
That contributed to their fatigue when the ruling majority parties ended up as an easy target for the now strengthened opposition. This unexpected development was a cause for concern.
The filing of two motions of no confidence in the Deputy Speaker and the government within a short time of each showed that the opposition was on the attack. Their three moves to engage courts in their challenge of parliamentary events and work reflected their determination and desperation to soldier on in any possible front.
Two of the latter were withdrawn and only one was ruled in their favor during the last few days of the Fifth Meeting, First Session. It is doubtful the opposition anticipated the dissolution of parliament.
Probably they thought they would not let that happen. It could by why they opted to swiftly challenge the move in court when it was dissolved.
iii. The anti-climax: While the boycott of parliamentary sittings through a stay away marked the climax of confrontational parliamentary work by MPS, the return to Lesotho by political leaders and MPS who were in exile marked the anti-climax.
The nation hoped that the reform processes would commence in earnest; but the opposition and government continued with their bickering.
The filing of a no-confidence motion in the PM and government was the last straw: This