Mosisili regrets squabbles

Mosisili regrets squabbles

MOKHOTLONG – FORMER Prime Minister Pakalitha Mosisili says he regrets that squabbles within his Democratic Congress (DC) led to the collapse of his government. Mosisili told a rally in Mokhotlong on Sunday that his government would have remained in power had it quickly resolved its internal disputes.

A brutal succession battle forced his then deputy, Monyane Moleleki, to form the Alliance of Democrats (AD).
This precipitated the demise of the government which hastily called an early election it subsequently lost. Mosisili said that split could have been avoided.

The fight, he said, opened the door for the alliance led by Thomas Thabane’s All Basotho Convention (ABC) to get back in government.
“This could not have happened if we clung to each other in harmony with the ideology of congress-ism,” Mosisili said.
“Congress-ism means being harmoniously joined together in purpose and deed.”
“It means walking together in agreement.”

He however said he wished Thabane’s government to rule for the full five-year term “so that you will see for yourselves that it holds nothing for you”.
“This government only has seven months ruling but so many people have died at the hands of the police after the order Prime Minister Thomas Thabane gave the police to assault crime suspects,” Mosisili said.

The former prime minister also accused the government of masterminding the freezing of BKB Limited account at the Standard Lesotho Bank, through which farmers of wool and mohair were being paid after BKB auctioned their products in South Africa.

BKB has since obtained a High Court order overturning the previous one issued by the Maseru magistrate’s court freezing the account.
The account had been frozen through the court order obtained by the police who said they were investigating crimes of money laundering, tax evasion and financing terrorism.

“Let these people go on ruling for their full term and you will finally see that there is nothing bad that finally comes with good things,” Mosisili said.
In all his previous speeches Mosisili has never explained what was at the core of his fight with Moleleki who is now deputy prime minister.
The government has in the past denied that Thabane had ordered the police to beat up suspects. It has however insisted that it will come down hard on criminals suspected of flouting the law.

Former defence minister Tšeliso Mokhosi was arrested and charged for suspected murder late last year. Mokhosi, who has since fled into exile in South Africa, denies the charge insisting the arrest was politically motivated.

Thooe Ramolibeli

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