Mets­ing praises Mo­sisili

Lesotho Times - - News - Lim­pho Sello

LE­SOTHO Congress for Democ­racy (LCD) leader, Mo­thetjoa Mets­ing has lav­ishly praised Demo­cratic Congress (DC) leader and out­go­ing Prime Min­is­ter Pakalitha Mo­sisili’s lead­er­ship qual­i­ties, say­ing he is the only politi­cian ca­pa­ble of lead­ing Le­sotho out of the cur­rent in­sta­bil­ity.

Mr Mets­ing said this at a rally in Hololo con­stituency in Butha-buthe dis­trict early this week.

The rally was held to drum up sup­port for the DC ahead of the 3 June elec­tions which were an­nounced by His Majesty King Let­sie III in the af­ter­math of the op­po­si­tion’s suc­cess­ful no con­fi­dence vote that top­pled the Dr Mo­sisili-led seven par­ties’ coali­tion gov­ern­ment last month.

And Mr Mets­ing who is deputy Prime Min­is­ter in the out­go­ing gov­ern­ment gave a brief ac­count of the coun­try’s in­sta­bil­ity un­der var­i­ous gov­ern­ments in­clud­ing those of the mil­i­tary and the na­tion­al­ists.

He ac­cused the na­tion­al­ists of ig­nor­ing the con­sti­tu­tion, adding the coun­try fi­nally achieved sta­bil­ity un­der the sin­gle party gov­ern­ment headed by Dr Mo­sisili from 1993 to 2011.

“We saw sta­bil­ity when Ntate Mo­sisili was leader of gov­ern­ment where he ruled well with­out an al­liance with other po­lit­i­cal par­ties,” Mr Mets­ing said, adding, “We saw good gov­er­nance dur­ing his time but be­cause of our mis­un­der­stand­ings and con­flicts in the party we split”.

At the time, Dr Mo­sisili was a mem­ber of the LCD which he left to form the DC in 2012.

The LCD sub­se­quently en­tered into an al­liance with the All Ba­sotho Con­ven­tion (ABC) which re­sulted in a coali­tion gov­ern­ment that was headed by ABC leader, Thomas Tha­bane from 2012 un­til it was re­placed by the out­go­ing gov­ern­ment in the 2015 snap elec­tions.

Mr Mets­ing be­moaned the LCD split say­ing it had brought more harm than good to the coun­try.

“In 2012, out of anger, we brought trou­ble on our­selves but we have now reached the point of say­ing ‘enough with point­ing fig­ures at one an­other on who was wrong and who was cor­rect’.

“Let’s all swal­low our pride and ad­mit our mis­takes so we can all move on.

“This calls on us to for­get our mis­un­der­stand­ings and move on be­cause we would go on and start to think of the time where some used to call them­selves lija mollo (fire eaters) while some were litima mollo (fire ex­tin­guish­ers). We were too blind to see that we were be­lit­tling our­selves.”

He said they sub­se­quently re­alised that the gov­ern­ment had fallen “into the wrong hands and that on its own led to us rec­on­cil­ing”.

“Some of you can re­mem­ber that be­cause of my back­ground and knowl­edge of pol­i­tics, my con­science wouldn’t al­low me to do some of the things the peo­ple I was in gov­ern­ment with wanted me to do, so I be­came the enemy.”

He said at one time the Tha­bane ad­min­is­tra­tion ( where he served as deputy Prime Min­is­ter) tried to pre­vent Dr Mo­sisili from re­ceiv­ing sit­ting al­lowances for par­lia­ment be­cause he had cho­sen to re­ceive his pen­sion as former Prime Min­is­ter.

He said the then gov­ern­ment was an­gry and sought to fire the at­tor­ney gen­eral who had said there was noth­ing wrong with Dr Mo­sisili re­ceiv­ing the sit­ting al­lowances but “I stood up and re­fused to let such things to hap­pen”.

Mr Mets­ing said the Tha­bane ad­min­is­tra­tion also sought to fire the prin­ci­pal sec­re­taries in­clud­ing Dr Mo­sisili’s son Retha­bile Mo­sisili who was deputy prin­ci­pal sec­re­tary at the Min­istry of Gen­der, Sports and Recre­ation.

“Some peo­ple wanted him fired but I re­fused be­cause I know that for me to be­come a min­is­ter was be­cause of ntate Pakalitha.

“So I told them that wher­ever I am ntate Pakalitha’s chil­dren will not be ha­rassed,” Mr Mets­ing said.

He said in the two years they had worked to­gether in the out­go­ing gov­ern­ment, Dr Mo­sisili had done very well.

“We united to res­cue our­selves from the sit­u­a­tion we were in as he (Dr Mo­sisili) be­came a spe­cial an­gel to me.

“We re­alised and agreed that to­gether we can de­feat the enemy,” Mr Mets­ing said.

He said for this rea­son they de­cided to con­tinue their al­liance to the up­com­ing elec­tions, adding Dr Mo­sisili had shown ex­cep­tional lead­er­ship qual­i­ties in the cur­rent gov­ern­ment, preach­ing unity, sta­bil­ity and peace.

“I told ntate Mo­sisili that we need to en­sure that this unity works now be­cause if we don’t do it now there is never a time in the fu­ture when this will hap­pen,” Mr Mets­ing said.

LCD leader Mo­thetjoa Mets­ing.

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