Blow for Clause 10

Blow for Clause 10

MASERU – THE Constitutional Court yesterday ruled that Clause 10 of the agreement signed between the government and the opposition a fortnight ago paving way for the reforms was unconstitutional.

The applicants, through their lawyer Attorney Tumisang Mosotho, argued that the agreement signed by the government and the opposition is unconstitutional and therefore null and void and of no force at law.

The judgement came after families of victims and those whose members were killed over the last four years approached the court saying that it should consider the agreement ab initio.
These families include that of slain commander of the Lesotho Defence Lieutenant General Maaparankoe Mahao, Police Constable Mokalekale Khetheng and Nteso amongst others.
There are about seven families in all that have argued that the agreement signed by the government and the opposition is unfair.

The controversial Clause 10 of the agreement states that the government of the kingdom of Lesotho shall provide security for opposition leader Mothetjoa Metsing and similarly placed persons who are in exile.

It also says the government will suspend criminal prosecution of Metsing and others during the reforms process.
These families earlier argued that it is uncalled for that the Constitution is held at ransom because of just five people while many are feeling marginalised and rejected.
They also argued that the government did not involve them when they reached an agreement with the opposition to suspend the criminal prosecution during the reforms process.
They further argued that there is no timeframe for the reforms.

Majara Molupe

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