Fresh push to oust Thabane

Fresh push to oust Thabane

MASERU – PARLIAMENT is set to re-open tomorrow amid a push by the opposition to file a new motion of no-confidence against Prime Minister Thomas Thabane.

Also in the line of fire is Deputy Speaker of Parliament Teboho Lehloenya.
The Democratic Congress (DC) deputy leader, Motlalentoa Letsosa, told thepost yesterday that they are going to bring back the no-confidence motion which was thrown out by the Speaker last year.
“It is still not clear why the Speaker of the House did not want that motion to pass,” Letsosa said.

The Speaker, Sephiri Motanyane, rejected the motion of no-confidence which had been filed by Koro-Koro MP, Motebang Koma, to boot out Thabane and replace him with the party’s chairman Samuel Rapapa.
Motanyane argued that Koma should not have filed the motion because he belonged to the same political party as the Prime Minister.
He also argued that it was wrong to nominate Rapapa as Thabane’s successor because both men were from the same party.

But Attorney General, Haae Phoofolo, in a biting legal opinion said Motanyane’s reasoning in rejecting the motion was legally flawed.
He said his reasons were not based on the constitutional provisions or any democratic tenets.

Letsosa told thepost that they are also going to push for a new law in Parliament that will curtail the Prime Minister’s powers to choose how he can be removed from office.
The Constitution gives the Prime Minister the power to go to the King to advise him to dissolve Parliament and call for a fresh election once he loses a vote of no confidence.

As a result of that provision, Lesotho has had to go for elections three times in the last five years an exercise that punched a huge M1 billion hole into the fiscus.
Letsosa also said the opposition was not happy with Deputy Speaker Lehloenya who he said was in the habit of thwarting the opposition’s quest to be heard.

He said Lehloenya was notorious for denying opposition MPs the chance to stand on points of order, telling them to sit down whenever they stand up on a point of order.
Letsosa said the opposition also wants the infamous 2018 Wool and Mohair Regulations completely repealed.
He said their attempts to have MPs discuss the wool and mohair issue were thwarted by Lehloenya last year.

Senqu MP, Likeleli Tampane, and the Malingoaneng MP, Serialong Qoo, were subsequently thrown out of Parliament following some fierce and rowdy debate by MPs.
MPs even resorted to fist-fights. Two MPs and a minister were injured during the fight, an episode that brought shame on Lesotho.
“Lehloenya has to go,” Letsosa said.
“We have much work to do when we reopen.”

He said during the time Parliament was closed, Prime Minister Thomas Thabane and his wife, ’Maesiah Thabane, were charged with the gruesome murder of Lipolelo Thabane in June 2017.
“We gave Thabane a big office, (now he is) a person whose name is linked to someone’s murder. We want answers over this (matter).”

Letsosa said they will pester Thabane with questions in Parliament over his links to the Lipolelo murder and the controversial circumstances under which his wife was granted bail.
The police are investigating a possible breach of the law over the manner in which ’Maesiah was granted bail by the Acting Chief Justice ’Maseforo Mahase.

So far some court officials have been interrogated over the issue.
“We do not understand the criteria that was used to give her bail. Even on this one we want Thabane to answer,” Letsosa said.
The Alliance of Democrats (AD)’s spokesman, Thuso Litjobo, on the other hand said the focus should be on the budget when Parliament reopens.
The AD is the second largest party in the coalition government.

“The nation has an interest in the budget speech, so Parliament will make sure that they work on the speech as soon as we reopen,” Litjobo said.
Meanwhile, ABC spokesperson Montoeli Masoetsa said the party’s National Executive Committee (NEC) will meet today to finalise the removal of Thabane.
“The committee is going to sit down today to finalise everything regarding Thabane in the party,” Masoetsa said.

Thooe Ramolibeli


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