I’m not working with Thabane: Metsing

I’m not working with Thabane: Metsing

THABA-BOSIU – THE Lesotho Congress for Democracy (LCD) leader, Mothetjoa Metsing, has rejected charges that he wants to form a new coalition government with Prime Minister Thomas Thabane.
Metsing made the remarks at a party rally in Thaba-Bosiu last Friday.
He however admitted that he had met Thabane only in his capacity as Prime Minister to discuss the problems affecting Lesotho.
He insisted it was his right to do so as he had an obligation to act responsibly.
“I am being wrongly accused of trying to join the government when in my capacity as a political leader and an MP go to the Prime Minister to discuss national issues,” Metsing said.
Metsing has been under vicious attacks from his erstwhile colleagues in the Democratic Congress (DC) party who accuse him of selling out.

They have labelled him a traitor for allegedly seeking to thrash out a deal with Thabane, a charge Metsing dismissed.
The LCD and DC formed an electoral pact in the run-up to the 2017 parliamentary election against Thabane’s All Basotho Convention (ABC).
The two parties have historically voted together in Parliament as they put a united front against Thabane on policy issues.
When Metsing and his deputy, Tšeliso Mokhosi, fled the country to South Africa, the DC fought in their corner as comrades.

Relations between the two parties soured last month after Metsing publicly disagreed with DC party leader, Mathibeli Mokhothu, on whether Lesotho should go for a snap election or opt for a Government of National Unity.
Mokhothu says the DC wants a new coalition government without Thabane or a snap election while Metsing says the best way out of the crises is a Government of National Unity that includes all parties in Parliament.
Metsing, however, told the Thaba-Bosiu rally that he supports the motion of no-confidence against the government “because this government has to change as it has wronged Basotho”.
He said although he wants the government to change he does not want elections because it will not be in the best interests of Basotho.

“Yes I agree that this government must go,” Metsing said.
He cited many reasons why the Thabane-led coalition government must be ousted.
He said the murder of Lieutenant General Khoantle Motšomotšo and his attackers who were killed by his bodyguards, Brigadier Bulane Sechele and Colonel Tefo Hashatsi, in September 2017 was politically motivated.
“It is for reasons such as this that I agree that this government deserves to be changed,” Metsing said.
He also said ever since the Thabane-led government got into power about 50 people have been killed by the police and the government is turning a blind eye to that.
“It is true that when they were in the opposition and we were in government they too complained that people were dying. There is no single Mosotho who should die,” he said.

Metsing said under Thabane’s leadership, wool and mohair farmers have been subjected to poverty.
He said the wool and mohair issue is “the biggest fraud” undertaken by the Thabane-led government.
Metsing argued that before the government imposed draconian regulations that prohibit farmers from selling their wool and mohair, the country used to get a lot of money from the sales but now it gets only a measly amount.
The issue of wool and mohair is the main reason why this government must go, Metsing said.
He also said that teachers’ grievances have not been resolved showing that the government is weak and must therefore shift away.
“The problems this country has cannot be solved by a single party,” he said, adding: “We need a GNU to solve these problems and many others.”

Metsing said he was a victim of propaganda and lies peddled by politicians which were causing confusion. He cited his argument for a GNU which he said had now been twisted to say he was taking sides with Thabane.
“The instability is caused by some politicians who are hell bent on misleading their followers,” he said.
“We need each other.”
He said other leaders, especially from the opposition, often go to Thabane to discuss issues they feel should be attended “but I never accused them of wanting to work with him”.

Staff Reporter


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