Mosisili says proud of record

Mosisili says proud of record

MASERU – FORMER Prime Minister and Democratic Congress (DC) leader, Pakalitha Mosisili, says he is proud of his record when he was still in power.
Speaking at a rally in Quthing on Sunday, Mosisili said it is the congress movement that introduced free primary school education in 2000.
The programme was later extended to secondary education level.

He said when they came into power, the National Manpower Development Secretariat (NMDS) was only sponsoring students enrolling with the National University of Lesotho (NUL).
That too was extended to other students studying at other tertiary institutions.
Mosisili said it was his “congress movement” that introduced a pension scheme for school teachers who only had a provident fund.

He told his supporters in Quthing that the weekend rally might be his last that he was addressing them as party leader as he is stepping down from the leadership of the party and active politics as well.

He pleaded with his followers to remain united till they go for a leadership elective conference early next year.
Mosisili said his supporters should not fight as they head for the conference.

DC deputy leader Mokhothu Mathibeli and the deputy secretary general Tlohang Sekhamane are gunning for the DC’s leadership.
He said Quthing district has always favoured the congress movement by voting it into power during elections.
“I am here to thank you for your support,” Mosisili said.

Mosisili blamed the congress movement supporters for failing to vote for the party in large numbers during the last general election in 2017.
Mosisili was ousted from power in June last year after his party failed to garner enough seats to form government on its own.
This saw Prime Minister’s All Basotho Convention coming together with Chief Thesele’s Basotho National Party, Monyane Moleleki’s Alliance of Democrats and Keketso Rants’o’s Reformed Congress of Lesotho to form a coalition government.

Mosisili accused the current Thabane-led government of using brute force against Basotho.
He said within just 18 months after Thabane was swept into power, at least 23 people had died in police custody while going through interrogation.
He said it is Thabane who has fanned the police brutality because he openly said police should beat up crime suspects.

Mosisili became Lesotho’s Prime Minister in 1997, after he was hand-picked by Dr Ntsu Mokhehle. He won successive elections since 1998 until he briefly lost power in 2012, only for him to bounce back again in 2015. His DC party however lost the 2017 election, marking the end of Mosisili’s long rule.

Majara Molupe

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