DC mulls protests

DC mulls protests

MASERU -THE opposition Democratic Congress (DC) party is mulling a protest march against the government, party leader Mathibeli Mokhothu told supporters at the weekend.
Addressing a rally in Motete constituency on Sunday, Mokhothu talked about a litany of issues his party wants the government to solve.
He said the situation in the wool and mohair industry was desperate and urged his party supporters to register their disgust with the new regulations.
Mokhothu said party members were willing to risk their lives to protest and ensure that the wool and mohair industry lifts Basotho out of poverty.
Mokhothu accused the government of meddling in wool and mohair farmers’ issues. When the farmers opted to take their case to the courts of law, they won the case.
“Now they refuse to give out permits for wool and mohair farmers,” he said.

He said he hoped the current wrangling within the ruling All Basotho Convention (ABC) party would lead to fresh elections.
He used the rally to promise wide ranging changes if his party is elected back into power.
These include the scrapping of school fees for secondary school students while the government policy of passing students from one class to the next without evaluating their performance would be scrapped.

Mokhothu decried what he termed police brutality.
He said it is the duty of the police to protect and not to kill people “but ever since the Thomas Thabane-led government came into power in 2017 over 40 people have been killed by the police”.
He accused the politically and economically powerful elite of abusing the police in violation of the Constitution.
Mokhothu cited the killing of people protesting against some mines, and referred to Terene Pitae and Poshoane Moloi, who were allegedly killed by the police for leading protests against Kao Mine in Butha-Buthe.

“Now over 45 people have died at the hands of the police,” Mokhothu said.
He said security agents in the police, army and the National Security Service (NSS) are meddling in politics and urged the government to stop politicising the recruitment of security agents and other civil servants.

He said poverty reduction schemes that were introduced by his former leader Pakalitha Mosisili were ruined by the current government due to “politics of discrimination and nepotism”.
The education sector, he said, had been destroyed resulting in prolonged strikes by government teachers.
Government spokesman Nthakeng Selinyane said it is not true that the government is not upholding the rule of law.
He said the government enacted the Wool and Mohair Regulations and the farmers took to case to court. The government lost the case in the High Court.
He said the matter was then taken to the Court of Appeal and the government won the case.

Nkheli Liphoto

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