MP wants commission of inquiry into wool fiasco

MP wants commission of inquiry into wool fiasco

MASERU – THE MP for Qalo, Thabang Kholumo, has called for the setting up of a Commission of Inquiry to investigate the crisis in the wool and mohair industry.
Kholumo, who is also deputy leader of the Popular Front for Democracy (PFD), said the localization of the industry must be fully investigated.
kholumo moved the motion on Tuesday.

It is expected that the motion will be discussed in Parliament next week.
This comes after the government and wool and mohair farmers have been at loggerheads for the past three months.
The farmers have argued that the government did not consult them when it decided to localise the sale of wool and mohair in the country.

The farmers also fought legal battles to stop the government from interdicting them to sell their wool and mohair outside the country.
At some point the farmers appealed to Prime Minister Thomas Thabane to talk to his government to allow them to sell their wool and mohair at a market of their choice.
The MP for Mosalemane Tsoinyane Rapapa said the government has embarked on a charm offensive to ensure that wool and mohair are sold in the country as this would contribute significantly to Lesotho’s economy, including creating much needed employment.

Rapapa said the government realised that there were no facilities for wool and mohair processing in the country which triggered the establishment of the Thaba-Bosiu Wool Centre.
He said research showed that countries such as Kenya and Zimbabwe process their wool and mohair locally, thereby creating jobs for locals.

The Lesotho National Wool and Mohair Growers Association tried to arm-twist the government to allow them sell their products at the places of their choice.
But the association seemed to be fighting a losing battle.
The government insisted that the wool and mohair should be sold at Thaba-Bosiu and not anywhere else.

Staff Reporter

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