Prepare for elections,  says Mosisili

Prepare for elections, says Mosisili

MASERU – FORMER Prime Minister Pakalitha Mosisili says he wishes the coalition government a long life so that he can have time to overhaul his Democratic Congress (DC) party and prepare for fresh elections.
His statement comes when his DC party is set to spearhead a vote of no-confidence against the government led by Prime Minister Thomas Thabane when parliament reopens tomorrow.

Addressing the DC’s leadership conference on Sunday, Mosisili said he does not seek the immediate collapse of the government but his supporters should instead “work hard to prepare for elections”.
“I want to advise you earnestly, as I hereby do: Start preparing for elections. It does not matter when they will be held but you must eagerly start preparations,” Mosisili said.

Mosisili lost power to a coalition of the All Basotho Convention (ABC), Alliance of Democrats (AD), Basotho National Party (BNP) and the Reformed Congress of Lesotho (RCL) in the June 3 polls.
Mosisili’s statements at the conference are however in sharp contrast to overtures by his DC party and other opposition parties who have sharpened their knives against the Thabane-led government.

The opposition two weeks ago notified the Speaker of their intention to table a motion of no-confidence against Thabane.
The opposition has nominated Mosisili’s deputy in the DC, Mathibeli Mokhothu, to replace Thabane as the premier should the no confidence motion succeed.
Mosisili also noted how badly his party performed in the September 30 local government elections.
He urged the leadership conference to concentrate on overhauling the party and prepare it for new elections.
However, he rubbished suggestions that the DC lost power because of its toxic alliance with Mothetjoa Metsing’s Lesotho Congress for Democracy (LCD).
Critics have argued the LCD deal soiled the DC’s reputation in the eyes of the electorate.
“When we are together with the LCD, we are stronger than when we are alone,” Mosisili argued.
Although Mosisili said he wished the Thabane-led government to see more years, he did not spare the rod in his criticism of the party.
He accused the government of torturing crime suspects while in police’s holding cells.

Mosisili complained that the police had tortured the LCD deputy leader Tšeliso Mokhosi, who has since skipped the country fearing for his life.
He also said he was irked that the former Lesotho Defence Force (LDF) commander, Lieutenant General Tlali Kamoli, was taken to court on Monday chained both hands and legs like a criminal.

“This they did irrespective of the fact that General Kamoli handed himself to the police,” Mosisili said.
“I am not against his arrest and appearing before courts but this one of chaining him like a criminal, I am against it,” he said.
He said these are the results of Thabane’s “careless and reckless statements in parliament where he encouraged the police to torture crime suspects”.
“It is because of these statements from the Prime Minister that people are being killed like this,” Mosisili said.

The government has on several occasions denied that Thabane was inciting the torture of suspects. Instead, it says the government had merely stepped up “the fight against theft and killings of the elderly, women and children”.
Police Minister ’Mampho Mokhele last week said Thabane is being wrongly attacked by people who do not appreciate the importance of protecting the defenceless elderly women who are murdered by criminals.
Mokhele was speaking following the murder of Reverend Mavis Mochochoko, a clergy and orphanage owner from Mohalalitoe in Maseru.

Staff Reporter

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