Mo­choboroane the peace­maker

As ABC and AD leg­is­la­tors re­solve their dif­fer­ences over the Pub­lic Ac­countsts Com­mit­tee

Sunday Express - - FRONT PAGE - Pas­cali­nah Kabi

ALL Ba­sotho Con­ven­tion (ABC) leg­is­la­tor, Nya­pane Kaya and his Al­liance of Democrats (AD) coun­ter­part, Thuso Litjobo, have made peace af­ter they fell out last month over the former’s claims that the AD was frus­trat­ing the ef­forts of the Pub­lic Ac­counts Com­mit­tee (PAC) to bring er­rant civil ser­vants to book.

The duo re­cently ad­dressed a press con­fer­ence in Maseru where they an­nounced that they had since buried their dif­fer­ences af­ter the wran­gling last month which fol­lowed Mr Kaya’s claims against his col­leagues in the gov­ern­ing coali­tion. The four party coali­tion con­sists of Prime Min­is­ter Thomas Tha­bane’s ABC, Deputy Prime Min­is­ter Monyane Moleleki’s AD, Labour Min­is­ter Keke Ran­tšo’s Re­formed Congress of Le­sotho (RCL) and Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Min­is­ter Th­e­sele Maserib­ane’s Ba­sotho Na­tional Party (BNP).

Mr Kaya and Mr Litjobo are part of the PAC which also in­cludes the chair­per­son, Se­libe Mo­choboroane of the op­po­si­tion Move­ment for Eco­nomic Change (MEC).

Ten­sions boiled over last month af­ter Mr Kaya went on ra­dio to ac­cuse the AD of block­ing PAC pro­ceed­ings to pro­tect some of its mem­bers from be­ing sum­moned to hear­ings over graft al­le­ga­tions.

Well-placed sources told this pub­li­ca­tion that Mr Kaya re­peated his claims in a cau­cus meet­ing for the leg­is­la­tors from the gov­ern­ing coali­tion.

Mr Kaya was sub­se­quently handed an in­def­i­nite sus­pen­sion from the cau­cus of the gov­ern­ing coali­tion’s leg­is­la­tors for al­legedly re­veal­ing de­tails of the cau­cus meet­ings to the op­po­si­tion.

Mr Litjobo also went on to at­tack Mr Kaya for al­legedly leak­ing con­fi­den­tial dis­cus­sions of the govern­ment leg­is­la­tors’ cau­cus meet­ing to the op­po­si­tion. He said no “self-re­spect­ing MP” should ever leak in­for­ma­tion from such meet­ings and added that “Mr Kaya needs to be stopped now”.

But in a new turn of events re­cently, Mr Litjobo and Mr Kaya an­nounced at a press con­fer­ence that they had buried their dif­fer­ences.

Speak­ing at the press con­fer­ence, Mr Kaya thanked Mr Mo­choboroane for his role in me­di­at­ing be­tween him and Mr Litjobo to en­sure the two patched their dif­fer­ences.

“I know that you are all won­der­ing what is hap­pen­ing be­tween Hon­ourable Litjobo and I fol­low­ing what oc­curred be­tween us,” Mr Kaya said in his ad­dress.

“It is nor­mal for two cows from the same kraal to in­jure each other dur­ing a fight. Iron­i­cally, if you look into the kraal mo­ments af­ter the fight, you will see find the same bulls leak­ing each’s wounds.

“We have now made peace and we are hap­pily work­ing to­gether thanks to the PAC, es­pe­cially the chair­per­son Ntate Mo­choboroane.”

On his part, Mr Litjobo said “what Hon­ourable Kaya is say­ing is true”.

“I re­gard him (Mr Kaya) as my fa­ther and I learn a lot from him. As he has said, just like two bulls from the same kraal mas­sag­ing each other’s necks af­ter a fight, we have made peace and ev­ery­thing is well now,” Mr Litjobo said.

Mr Mo­choboroane, who also at­tended the press con­fer­ence, said the leg­is­la­tors had re­solved their dif­fer­ences- a de­vel­op­ment which would en­able the PAC to re­sume its work on a united foot­ing.

“The is­sue be­tween Hon­ourable Kaya and Hon­ourable Litjobo has been re­solved. We dealt with the chal­lenges that they were fac­ing in the (PAC) com­mit­tee so that we work as a united team to as­sist the govern­ment in its fight against cor­rup­tion,” Mr Mo­choboroane said.

It was also re­vealed at the press con­fer­ence that the PAC would re­sume its sit­tings to­mor­row. The PAC pro­ceed­ings were sus­pended 46 days ago af­ter the PAC com­plained that it had been al­lo­cated a room which was too small to ac­com­mo­date its mem­bers and those who would be sum­moned to ap­pear be­fore it. PAC also com­plained that the room did not have record­ing equip­ment to en­able it to cap­ture the tes­ti­monies of those who ap­peared be­fore it.

Pre­vi­ously the PAC held its ses­sions in the cham­bers of the Na­tional Assem­bly be­fore the lat­ter de­cided it should move into the smaller com­mit­tee rooms.

The Na­tional Assem­bly has since de­mol­ished a wall in com­mit­tee room 6 to make the room big enough to ac­com­mo­date about 100 peo­ple. Messrs Kaya and Litjobo are mem­bers of the PAC along with PAC chair­per­son, Se­libe Mo­choboroane (MEC), Sam Ra­papa, ‘Mat­sepo Ra­makoae, Likopo Ma­hase, Thabo So­fonea (all ABC), Mo­thetjoa Mets­ing (Le­sotho Congress for Democ­racy), Mathi­beli Mokhothu and Palo Le­tee­tee (Demo­cratic Congress).

Messrs Kaya and Litjobo had been at each other’s throats fol­low­ing the former’s al­le­ga­tions on ra­dio that the AD was frus­trat­ing the work of the PAC by bar­ring it from con­duct­ing hear­ings aimed at hold­ing ac­count­able pub­lic of­fi­cers linked to the AD as part of ef­forts to fight cor­rup­tion. Well-placed sources told the Sun­day Ex­press’s pub­li­ca­tion’s sis­ter Le­sotho Times pub­li­ca­tion that Mr Kaya made the same al­le­ga­tions dur­ing a cau­cus meet­ing of the gov­ern­ing par­ties in May this year.

Ac­cord­ing to the sources, Mr Kaya al­legedly at­tacked the AD leader Mr Moleleki dur­ing the cau­cus meet­ing, ac­cus­ing him of seek­ing to di­vide the PAC along party lines. Mr Kaya al­leg- edly said that Mr Moleleki wanted to shield his al­lies from scrutiny by the par­lia­men­tary body. This was af­ter Mr Moleleki had raised con­cerns about the PAC pro­ceed­ings.

“In that (cau­cus) meet­ing Ntate Moleleki told the govern­ment leg­is­la­tors that they must tread care­fully on the is­sue of the PAC as (its chair­per­son) Ntate Mo­choboroane was us­ing it to em­bar­rass peo­ple and act as though he was above the law,” a source said.

“Ntate Moleleki ap­peared deeply dis­turbed by the on­go­ing PAC in­ves­ti­ga­tions into the mis­ap­pro­pri­a­tion of pub­lic funds, say­ing it was not good for the PAC chair­per­son to con­tinue to em­bar­rass civil ser­vants dur­ing the pro­ceed­ings.”

Another source said that Mr Moleleki’s re­marks irked Mr Kaya and fel­low ABC leg­is­la­tor, Mot­lohi Maliehe. The two ABC leg­is­la­tors in­sisted that there was noth­ing wrong with the PAC tak­ing pub­lic ser­vants to task for abus­ing pub­lic funds.

Mr Litjobo then ac­cused Mr Kaya of pub­licly at­tack­ing the AD on ra­dio, ac­cus­ing it of frus­trat­ing the im­por­tant work of the PAC.

“We (Litjobo and Kaya) are both PAC mem­bers and the PAC agreed that we should not let our party af­fil­i­a­tions cloud our pro­ceed­ings but when the PAC is dragged into pol­i­tics, I will re­move my suit, put on my party re­galia and de­fend my party against those at­tack­ing it,” Mr Litjobo said at the time.

“Some of the mem­bers of par­lia­ment at­tack­ing the AD are PAC mem­bers and we are go­ing to stop them do­ing that, the gloves are now off. Th­ese MPs are frus­trated in their own po­lit­i­cal par­ties and are now vent­ing out on the AD. Kaya is one of those peo­ple and he must stop at­tack­ing the AD. Kaya is not speak­ing on be­half of ABC,” Mr Litjobo charged.

Mr Litjobo fur­ther said that Mr Kaya’s at­tacks on Mr Moleleki were out of or­der and “he (Mr Kaya) needs to be stopped now”.

PAC Chair­per­son Se­libe Mo­choboroane.

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