MEC wants GNU

MEC wants GNU


MASERU -THE Movement for Economic Change (MEC) says Prime Minister Thomas Thabane has only two options to save his government.
MEC spokesman, Motlalentoa Khoete, told thepost yesterday that Thabane should call an election or form a government of national unity (GNU).
Khoete’s statement comes as some All Basotho Convention (ABC) MPs are plotting a vote of no confidence against Thabane.
Speculation is rife that the rebel MPs will push the motion when Parliament opens on Friday.
If he loses the vote Thabane will have to advise the king to call an election.

He might also prorogue Parliament before the motion to give him time to restore order in his party which is now divided into two factions.
He can also cut deals with the opposition to make enough numbers to form another coalition.
A GNU which will include all political parties, or at least the major one, might be another option.
Khoete however said the MEC would discourage a snap election because it would gobble millions without solving the problem Lesotho is facing.
“We encourage the GNU because it will keep the government until its five-year lifespan ends and we would have saved a lot of money,” Khoete said.
“It is the GNU that will drive the much awaited reforms that will pave way for the elections at the end of five years.”

Khoete however said the MEC is not scared of elections.
“We are ready for elections and in the same wave length we are ready for a government of national unity,” he said.
“Whatever comes first we will take.”
Khoete said the party is worried about the cost of an election.
The last national election cost the country over M240 million and since 2012 close to a billion maloti has been spent on elections.
Subsequent coalition governments formed in 2012 and in 2015 did not complete their terms, forcing early elections.
“This is not what we want as the MEC.”

He said the ABC “is in political turmoil that indicates that we might go to elections within three months from now”.
“When a party leading the government is in trouble like this we should be ready for elections.”
Khoete said the only way to save and avoid an expensive election is a GNU.
Tomorrow Parliament opens and it is expected that soon after a motion intended to oust the Prime Minister will be tabled.

Staff Reporter

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