Khasu, Maisa un­veil new party

Lesotho Times - - News - Billy Ntaote

FOR­MER All Ba­sotho Con­ven­tion (ABC) deputy leader, Tlali Khasu, has left the door open for a pos­si­ble coali­tion with his erst­while boss, Thomas Tha­bane in the event that a new coali­tion gov­ern­ment is formed to re­place the cur­rent seven-party gov­ern­ment headed by Prime Min­is­ter Pakalitha Mo­sisili.

Mr Khasu said there were no per­ma­nent en­e­mies in politics and his party was open to join­ing a coali­tion “made up of any po­lit­i­cal party in­clud­ing the ABC”.

He said this at a press con­fer­ence he called this week to an­nounce the for­ma­tion of the Truth Rec­on­cil­i­a­tion Unity (TRU) party barely a month af­ter re­sign­ing from the ABC over a sus­pen­sion for den­i­grat­ing Dr Tha­bane on a lo­cal ra­dio sta­tion last year.

The Peka con­stituency leg­is­la­tor will be deputised by his Motim­poso con­stituency coun­ter­part, Pitso Maisa, who also re­cently left the ABC.

Mr Khasu said his party’s two leg­is­la­tors would sit on the cross bench when par­lia­ment re-opens in Fe­bru­ary, adding they would sup­port nei­ther gov­ern­ment nor op­po­si­tion but vote in the best in­ter­ests of the na­tion.

He was, how­ever, vague on the party’s po­si­tion re­gard­ing the con­tro­ver­sial Amnesty Bill of 2016, say­ing his party stood for peace and sta­bil­ity in Le­sotho.

The bill pro­poses a blan­ket amnesty for mem­bers of the dis­ci­plined forces and other gov­ern­ment func­tionar­ies who al­legedly com­mit­ted crimes such as mur­der, at­tempted mur­der and trea­son among oth­ers from 2007 to 2015.

“The ma­jor ques­tion is who the Amnesty Bill is in favour of,” Mr Khasu said.

“It is also im­por­tant to see whether the amnesty shall bring peace or di­vi­sions, fuel con­flict or not. How­ever, the ma­jor con­cern we have as a Truth Rec­on­cil­i­a­tion Unity party is for Le­sotho to gain last­ing peace.”

He called on gov­ern­ment to en­act favourable laws to at­tract for­eign di­rect in­vest­ment and fuel eco­nomic growth.

“Le­sotho should be a ser­vice pro­vid­ing econ­omy and it would flour­ish like Singapore. Tax havens reap a lot of fi­nan­cial gains. Tak­ing a cue from Mau­ri­tius, why can’t we be a tax haven?

“We are right in the mid­dle of South Africa and that means we could earn tril­lions if we could have laws favourable to big cor­po­ra­tions and fi­nan­cial in­sti­tu­tions,” Mr Khasu said.

He said his party was keen to see ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties ben­e­fit­ing from the lu­cra­tive tourism busi­ness which was mo­nop­o­lised by South African com­pa­nies.

For his part, Mr Maisa, said the amnesty bill “would need some amend­ments here and there,” adding it re­quired in­put from all stake­hold­ers.

Also see the Big In­ter­view on Page 16.

TRU leader Tlali Khasu.

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