Mochoboroane fired

Mochoboroane fired

MASERU – SMALL Businesses Minister Selibe Mochoboroane was fired from the government on Tuesday morning a week after he launched his own Movement for Economic Change (MEC) party. Mochoboroane told a press conference on Tuesday that he received his dismissal letter from Prime Minister Pakalitha Mosisili at around 7.30am.
He said Mosisili had told him to leave office immediately. Mochoboroane said only the Prime Minister had the authority to dismiss him.

He said this in response to reports on social media last Friday that there was a letter which had been signed by an official in the Prime Minister’s office dismissing him from office.
“I had to be dismissed by the Prime Minister and not anyone else,” Mochoboroane said. Mochoboroane’s dismissal comes a week after the former minister announced he was launching his own MEC party after he fell out with his colleagues in the Lesotho Congress for Democracy (LCD) party.

The LCD is a key partner in the current coalition government headed by Mosisili. Speaking at the launch of the MEC last week, Mochoboroane had indicated he would support the government and continue to act as a minister until the Prime Minister decided otherwise. vBut speaking after his dismissal on Tuesday, Mochoboroane said he would sit on the cross-bench now that he had been released from his duties as a minister.

“This is where I will not be part of the government or the opposition, I will vote with the government on matters that will develop the country and will be against it in motions that will not benefit the country,” Mochoboroane said. “That is the beauty of being at the crossbench.”

“Right now I am only a Member of Parliament for the Thabana-Morena constituency and no longer a minister,” he said.
Although the letter of dismissal does not say why Mochoboroane was fired as a minister, Mochoboroane says it was bound to happen eventually and he holds no grudges against the government.
He maintained that he will never support the vote-of-no-confidence against the Prime Minister.

Mochoboroane said since a crossbench position needs to be applied for to the Speaker of Parliament, Ntlhoi Motsamai, he would write an application letter to the Speaker to do so.
“I will move to the crossbench if she agrees but if she denies me the crossbench then I will be on the opposition side,” Mochoboroane said.
He said only then would he vote with the opposition.  Mochoboroane has served as Deputy Minister of Local Government and Chieftainship, Minister of Communications, Minister of Energy until he was moved to Minister of Small Businesses and Cooperatives late last year.

Mochoboroane is the eighth minister to leave the cabinet over the past two months. The first to resign was Monyane Moleleki, former Police Minister who had been reshuffled to the Office of the Prime Minister, which he regarded as a demotion.

Several other ministers resigned while others were fired for rallying behind Moleleki in his attempt to unseat Mosisili as Prime Minister.
Moleleki and his backers have since broken away from Mosisili’s Democratic Congress (DC) party to form the Alliance of Democrats (AD).
The AD has already sealed a pact with the opposition All Basotho Convention (ABC) to form a new coalition government.
The two parties are sharpening the knives to push for a no-confidence vote against Mosisili when Parliament reopens on February 24.

Rose Moremoholo

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