Mosisili says can ‘smell’ elections

Mosisili says can ‘smell’ elections

MASERU – FORMER Democratic Congress (DC) leader, Pakalitha Mosisili, says he can “smell” elections in the air.
Mosisili told his party’s supporters in Qacha’s Nek last Sunday that they must be ready for elections which could come any time.
The former premier also lashed out at Qacha’s Nek’s MP, Dr Ponts’o Sekatle who was fired from the party last week for voting against her own party in Parliament.

Mosisili said he was not too sure if Qacha’s Nek still had an MP.
Sekatle was elected MP for the DC in the last elections held in 2017.
Mosisili said Sekatle used to organise transport for Qacha’s Nek constituency when going to National Executive Committee (NEC) elections.
He said Sekatle however failed to do so for the last NEC elections in January that saw Mathibeli Mokhothu elected the party’s new leader.
Mosisili said Lebakeng MP, Semano Sekatle, the husband to Ponts’o Sekatle, resigned from the DC to join the ABC after he was promised a Cabinet position by Prime Minister Thomas Thabane.
He said Sekatle had made it clear that he only joined the ABC for the ministerial post.
It is not true that he was side-lined or hated, Mosisili said.

He said it had become quite clear in recent months that Dr Ponts’o was becoming less interested in the party’s affairs.
Mosisili said Dr Ponts’o embarrassed and humiliated him when she resigned as secretary general of the Women’s League after her husband failed to win the post of secretary general.
Actions speak louder than words, Mosisili said, adding Dr Ponts’o was no longer attending DC caucus meetings on Fridays.

So even though she did not cross, actions speak louder than words, Mosisili said.
He said they were voting in Parliament regarding parliamentary committees and Dr Ponts’o had decided to vote with the government.
“So actions speak louder than words, she could have rather abstained from voting,” he said.
Mosisili said the budget speech delivered earlier this month by Finance Minister Moeketsi Majoro had failed to address the teachers’ grievances.
“We wanted Parliament to give committees enough time to review that issue,” he said.
He said he could see the elections approaching and he can smell them in the air “which means all of you must hold tight”.

Mosisili pleaded with all the DC members in Qacha’snek constituency to work hard to win the coming elections.
“You should make sure we win because what is at stake is the future of our children,” he said.
Mokhothu said Qacha’s Nek constituency should not cry or feel bad as they are not orphans.
He said the DC will stand with the people of Qacha’s Nek.
Mokhothu said DC members should not vote for any member of the current government as they have failed to work together.

“You should not only blame Lekhoakhoa,” Mokhothu said.
Lekhoakhoa is the nickname for Thomas Thabane who is the leader of the ABC.
Thabane is also the Prime Minister.
Mokhothu demanded to know how a proper MP could leave a stable party like the DC to join a ‘bad government’ like this one.

He said the DC does not approve of how the government had handled the teachers’ grievances.
“The future of our country is with our education. It is with education that we could prevent diseases,” Mokhothu said.
He also said the congress governments had built schools and hired a lot of teachers and even sponsored tertiary students.
He said they have also introduced rental books and introduced free meals in primary schools.
He said the current government has downgraded everything.
Mokhothu said it was the Mosisili-led government that reviewed teachers’ salaries and gave them pensions.
Before then, teachers did not have pensions, he said.

“We also introduced Free Primary Education,” he added.
Free Primary Education was introduced in 2000.
Mathibeli said their plan before 3 June 2017 National Assembly Election was to remove school fees in secondary and tertiary schools.
Now teachers need training for the new curriculum and they also want books but they are not given such materials, Mokhothu said.
He said while teachers are striking because of their clear grievances, the government was busy tabling a “no-work, no-pay Bill”.

Mokhothu said the government was completely out of touch with the reality on the ground adding it must “stop playing with the education sector”.
He said the new Bill will whittle down the powers of school boards while giving the Teaching Service Commission and the minister more powers.

Nkheli Liphoto


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