Power struggle will hurt coronavirus battle, says church

Power struggle will hurt coronavirus battle, says church

MASERU-THE Christian Council of Lesotho (CCL) says the raging power struggle within the coalition government will hurt Lesotho’s efforts to contain the Coronavirus.
The church said instead of focusing on fighting the Coronavirus, Lesotho’s political leaders were instituting cases in the courts of law.
In a press statement issued on Tuesday, the CCL President, Archbishop Tlali Lerotholi O.M.I, said “this matter is of life and death”.

He said following the release of a statement by the government urging the nation to prepare for the deadly Coronavirus, “there is (now) a power struggle amongst the leaders”.
He said the Ministry of Health and the government alone will not be able to deal with the Coronavirus as he urged a unified national approach to combat the disease that has so far mowed down over 14 000 people worldwide.

The Archbishop said instead of fighting the disease, they were shocked when they learnt that Parliament had been prorogued last Friday.
He said they could see that the nation is gripped by fear over this pandemic.
He wondered how the nation could solve this problem when the leaders are now in courts.

“How could court cases be filed amid the pandemic?” Archbishop Lerotholi said.
He said the prorogation of parliament will mean there won’t be any platform for political leaders to discuss critical issues that affect the nation.
Prime Minister Thomas Thabane, who is under relentless pressure to step down from his own party, prorogued Parliament last Friday in a move that stunned some of his own coalition partners.
Parliament will only resume business in June.

Thabane’s own All Basotho Convention (ABC) and the Basotho National Party (BNP) have since dragged him to court over the matter (See story on Page 20, 21).
Archbishop Lerotholi said they want politicians to provide leadership in a time of national crisis.
He said the true leadership is seen during difficult times.

“Our country is under threat. We are under a dark cloud,” he said.
He said the church had paid heed to the Prime Minister’s call over the pandemic.
The CCL quoted what Prime Minister Thomas Thabane said when he addressed the nation regarding Coronavirus last Wednesday.

Thabane said this is not the time to score cheap political goals.
The government has shut down schools in a move to minimise the spread of the contagious disease.

Archbishop Lerotholi said they are doing everything in their power to help in the fight against the disease.
He said the government together with the opposition, Lesotho’s friends, those in power, pastors and everyone else should join hands in the fight against the contagious disease.
He said they had released the statement a day after they met Chief Thesele ’Maseribane who is the chairperson of the Cabinet Sub Committee for COVID 19.
Lesotho is still to record a single case of the Coronavirus.

Majara Molupe

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