…As opposition reacts angrily to ‘King’s speech’

…As opposition reacts angrily to ‘King’s speech’

MOHALE’S HOEK – THE opposition has angrily reacted to a call by King Letsie III calling for the full implementation of the SADC commission recommendations.
Controversial secretary general of the Lesotho People’s Congress (LPC), Bokang Ramatšella, said the government should be ready for a war.
“It should be noted that I firmly said it myself that the so-called speech by King Motlotlehi Letsie III as of Friday 14th July, 2017 is not the King’s speech,” Ramatšella said.
Ramatšella said this was the government’s speech which was read by the King.

Ramatšella accused the government of “hiding behind the king and issuing out the speech as if it was of the King, while in actual fact it was the speech written and planned by the government for vengeance”.
He also accused the government of “targeting certain people” by attempting to implement all of Phumaphi’s recommendations.
“The government should be ready for war,” he said.

“After all this is what they are perpetrating, nobody can allow to be willingly slaughtered,” he said.
“There is proof for mutiny thus an action had to be taken. In our government we had a stakeholder seminar where (it was) directed on how to best approach the whole mutiny saga.”
The Democratic Congress (DC) spokesperson, Serialong Qoo, said the speech “was portrayed as though it were the words of the King but in actual fact the words were of the government”.
Qoo said he was opposed to the full implementation of the SADC recommendations because they were not in the best interests of Lesotho and Basotho.
“Above all, I believe the government is obliged to do whatever it feels best suites them, it is all up to them to decide whether they will put into action the Phumaphi’s recommendations or not”, Qoo said.

He said what was recommended by Phumaphi “were mere suggestions thus they could be implemented selectively or not implemented at all”.
The National Independent Party (NIP) leader Kimetso Mathaba said “the norms of Basotho should be put into consideration when the recommendations are implemented”.
“Our way of living is different from that of Batswana. We can’t take a Motswana man’s lifestyle and make it work for a Mosotho man or woman,” Mathaba said.

He emphasized the need for Basotho to be “independent in their own decisions and come up with their own solutions like the King has said in his speech”.
Mathaba said some of the recommendations from Phumaphi could bring trouble to the country thus he still believes “they should be implemented selectively and only choose the best suggestions that would help solve Basotho’s problems”.

The Lesotho Congress for Democracy (LCD) deputy leader, Tšeliso Mokhosi, said: “It’s their choice whether to implement all the recommendations or not.”
Popular Front for Democracy (PFD) leader, Lekhetho Rakuaone, said “what the government was saying through the King’s speech was a bit of a shock”.
“The government had promised reconciliation during the elections,” Rakuoane said.

“All in all, if the government sees it fit to put into action all the recommendations of Phumaphi, well it is all up to them. After all they are in power,” he said.

Staff Reporter

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