Can the op­po­si­tion en­gage PM?

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It is quite in­ter­est­ing be­cause the Op­po­si­tion re­cently ex­pressed hope­less­ness in the gov­er­nance sit­u­a­tion and called for SADC to take over the mil­i­tary and other com­po­nents of gov­er­nance of the King­dom. Does the Op­po­si­tion agree with this? Can the Op­po­si­tion take full stock of the Prime Min­is­ter’s ad­dress and give com­men­tary?

While con­cen­trat­ing on the is­sues that the Prime Min­is­ter may be seen as lim­it­ing within a pre­de­ter­mined frame­work, the Op­po­si­tion is at lib­erty to in­di­cate which is­sues have in their view been omit­ted, which have been ex­ag­ger­ated or avoided.

The Prime Min­is­ter calls upon the Op­po­si­tion to re­port to par­lia­ment when it re­sumes as boy­cotting sit­tings is un­fair to the tax­pay­ers and cit­i­zens who none­the­less con­tinue to pay MPS for be­ing their rep­re­sen­ta­tives.

What does the Op­po­si­tion say, true or false? Al­though the Prime Min­is­ter calls upon the Op­po­si­tion lead­er­ship in ex­ile to come back home for a joint de­vel­op­ment pro­gramme with govern­ment, it is not clear what he says about se­cu­rity or any out­stand­ing is­sues.

It would be re­called that on the 3rd July 2015 sit­ting in Tšoane, South Africa, the SADC Dou­ble Troika ex­pressed con­cern over what it said was “the de­te­ri­o­ra­tion of the political and se­cu­rity situ- ation in the king­dom of Le­sotho, which forced the main op­po­si­tion lead­ers to flee the coun­try fear­ing for their se­cu­rity, and ex­ac­er­bated by the tragic death of Bri­gadier Maa­parankoe Ma­hao, the for­mer Le­sotho De­fense Force (LDF) Com­man­der on the 25th June 2015”.

The sub-re­gional body also en­cour­aged govern­ment to fast-track the speedy and safe re­turn home of Op­po­si­tion lead­ers. Though the Mo­sisili-tom talks were ini­ti­ated and were at one point re­ported to have reached con­sid­er­able progress on a num­ber of points of con­ver­gence, it came out later that the some points of di­ver­gence still ex­ist and may need to be ironed out be­fore fi­nal­i­sa­tion of the deal.

Can the op­po­si­tion lead­ers in ex­ile en­gage the Prime Min­is­ter on this one? If the Op­po­si­tion leaves this unat­tended, they would be miss­ing crit­i­cal com­po­nent of their man­date, which is help­ing or­di­nary cit­i­zens fully ap­pre­ci­ate the work of govern­ment for an in­formed appraisal.

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