LCD rubbishes ABC-DC pact

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How­ever, LCD spokesper­son Te­boho Sekata dis­missed the pact as the work of self-in­ter­ested politi­cians which would not see the light of day.

“I see no fu­ture in this pact. It dis­plays sheer ar­ro­gance and gloat­ing as it is meant to ben­e­fit one man, and one man only in that he should be pen­sion­able and get the ben­e­fits of a prime min­is­ter, and noth­ing is be­ing said about the com­mon good of Ba­sotho,” Mr Sekata said.

He also said Mr Moleleki and Mr Tha­bane could not be trusted and in any event they held di­ver­gent views on crit­i­cal is­sues like the Gen­eral Amnesty Bill which could af­fect their work­ing re­la­tions.

“The pact it­self is be­tween two par­ties led by peo­ple who are not trust­wor­thy. Moleleki says he is for the Gen­eral Amnesty Bill and on the other hand the other op­po­si­tion par­ties led by Tha­bane still want the Phumaphi Com­mis­sion of In­quiry’s rec­om­men­da­tions im­ple­mented in­clud­ing the pros­e­cu­tion of the army per­son­nel in­volved in (for­mer army com­man­der), Maa­parankoe Maa­parankoe’s killing.

“We know that the call for other smaller par­ties to join is not gen­uine as it is meant to side­line LCD. The truth is out and Ba­sotho can now see those who do not want unity among Ba­sotho,” he said.

He also said the talk about tack­ling cor­rup­tion was just a ruse that would not be im­ple­mented as the par­ties were ac­tu­ally “more cor­rupt than us, the LCD that they are fight­ing”.

How­ever, Ba­sotho Congress Party leader Thulo Mahlak­eng said they had not seen the ABCDC doc­u­ment and as such, “it would be im­ma­ture to com­ment and give our stand as the BCP as it calls for a col­lec­tive de­ci­sion”.

His sen­ti­ments were echoed by Kimetso Mathaba, the leader of the Na­tional In­de­pen­dent Party and Mo­lahlehi Let­lotlo of the Le­sotho Peo­ple’s Congress (LPC) who said they would only com­ment af­ter see­ing a copy of the agree­ment and con­sulted their fol­low­ers.

“We joined the seven par­ties’ coali­tion gov­ern­ment as a party and not as in­di­vid­u­als, so it would be wrong for me to com­ment on this new one be­tween ABC and DC with­out con­sult­ing,” Mr Let­lotlo said.

Bokang Ra­matšella, a representative of a fac­tion of the LPC dis­missed the new pact, say­ing his party was com­fort­able in the cur­rent coali­tion gov­ern­ment.

“It (coali­tion pact) is a clear sign of power-hun­gry peo­ple and it was not meant to ben­e­fit Ba­sotho in any way but just a gang of hun­gry-power peo­ple,” he said.

LCD spokesper­son te­boho sekata aBC leader thomas tha­bane.

DC deputy leader Monyane Moleleki

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