Metsing sells GNU idea again

Metsing sells GNU idea again

MASERU – Lesotho Congress for Democracy (LCD) leader, Mothetjoa Metsing, says he recently met with Deputy Prime Minister Monyane Moleleki to push the idea of a Government of National Unity.
Metsing said Moleleki, who is the leader of the Alliance of Democrats (AD), did not only agree with the idea “but reminded me that the Government of National Unity was their idea as the AD party”.

Metsing was speaking at his party’s rally in Qeme constituency last weekend.
Moleleki was the first to call for a GNU after he defected from the Democratic Congress (DC) to form the AD but that idea was quickly shot down by the government led by then Prime Minister Pakalitha Mosisili.
Metsing was a deputy Prime Minister during that government.
The LCD leader said he had also spoken with Moleleki over the need to set up a Truth and Reconciliation Commission to investigate human rights abuses in Lesotho.

Metsing told his supporters that some people were kidnapped in the past while others disappeared for good but their issues have not been resolved.
He said a number of political parties were no longer hostile to the idea of a GNU.
Metsing has consistently pushed for a GNU since his return from exile in South Africa in February. Most political parties dismissed his call.
The situation however turned dramatically after he found a listening ear in the unlikeliest of allies in Prime Minister Thomas Thabane whose government was battling to evade a vote of no-confidence.
Metsing said he had also met with Professor Nqosa Mahao who is pushing for Thabane’s ouster. He said they had also discussed at length the idea of a GNU.
He however did not disclose if Mahao bought the idea or not.

Metsing admitted that since his LCD only has 11 seats in Parliament, it would be impossible for him to become either a Prime Minister or a deputy premier under such a GNU arrangement.
He said since he was a deputy PM, he cannot see himself becoming a minister again.

He said their expectation is that the LCD could be given a ministerial portfolio in the GNU but he said he will not be that minister.
Metsing said the recruitment of officers based on political affiliation was rife in the public service and in the security agencies.
“Every Mosotho must benefit and not only those in government,” he said.
He said Lesotho’s problems are huge and need collaboration from all of Lesotho’s political parties.
“We are Christians and also we are Basotho. And we have our political parties,” he said.

He said the SADC-driven reforms must also be done collectively.
“We preach for a GNU for the sake of Basotho,” he said.
He said nepotism will only end when the political parties collaborate.
Metsing said Lesotho’s problems require unity and collaboration stressing that the government must benefit the entire nation.
He said they do not want snap elections as it will be the third election within a short period.

He said they are working towards ensuring constitutional amendments that will see a change of government being done in Parliament instead of resorting to snap elections when a Prime Minister loses support.
Metsing also said he met opposition party leaders for talks and they agreed to clip the Prime Minister’s powers to advise the King to dissolve Parliament when he faces a motion of no-confidence.
He said he was optimistic because “the opposition has proven that they have the numbers to vote in Parliament and win”.
He said he is hopeful that the idea of a GNU will prevail because people are starting to understand it.

Metsing said MPs access interest-free loans after every election and dissolving Parliament every time a Prime Minister loses the numbers in the House is proving costly to Lesotho.
He said opposition MPs have seconded him on the idea.
“All the opposition leaders agree with that,” Metsing said.
He said mistakes should not be corrected by another mistake.

The AD spokesman, Thuso Litjobo, said the party’s national executive committee has not sat down to discuss the idea of a GNU and how they could work together with the LCD.
“I am not in any position to confirm that now because issues discussed with the leader are normally reported to the national executive committee, which is yet to sit,” Litjobo said.
Moleleki could not be reached for comment as his phone went unanswered.

Nkheli Liphoto


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