Mahao says  struck deal with DC

Mahao says struck deal with DC

MASERU – A faction of the ruling All Basotho Convention (ABC) party led by deputy leader Professor Nqosa Mahao says it has struck a deal to work closely with the Democratic Congress (DC) party.
Mahao, who was speaking at a rally in Qoaling last Sunday, did not disclose the terms of the agreement.
He said he was aware of rumours that he was in a tight spot because he is now working with people who assassinated his brother, Lt Gen Maaparankoe Mahao, in June 2015.

But Mahao, whose brother was gunned down by the army, said he will not allow himself to be blackmailed as he is not controlled by anyone. He said he will do what is right at the right time.
He said this was not the first time that the ABC was courting the DC adding the party had tried last October to strike a deal with former Prime Minister Pakalitha Mosisili to join the coalition government.
Mahao said the deal was however scuttled after the DC said it was not comfortable working with a “Lesotho government that is controlled by someone behind the curtain who is not elected”.

While Mahao did not mention First Lady ’Maesiah Thabane by name, several ministers, including Defence Minister Tefo Mapesela, have recently accused the First Lady of running the show in government.
“There is a ruler in the background who was not elected by the people. If you do not know ask (Defence Minister Tefo) Mapesela whose phone called him,” Mahao said.
Mahao was referring to an incident that happened two weeks ago when Thabane called Mapesela with First Lady ’Maesaiah’s phone at a time when he fired him from the Police Ministry where he was acting minister.
Emphasizing that the “someone” he was referring to is actually calling the shots in government, he said she is even fighting ministers.

“Ask (Sports Minister) Mahali (Phamotse) if you don’t believe me.”
“The DC refused to collaborate with the government because of that someone in the background,” Mahao said.
He said the DC approached them immediately after he and the new ABC National Executive Committee were swept into office in February. He said the DC proposed to “collaborate with them”.
Mahao said a deal to work together was now firmly in place.
He told his supporters that Parliament should not run away from discussing the motion of no-confidence against Thabane’s government.

Mahao said in a democratic dispensation, when a motion of no-confidence is tabled, “Parliament should not run away but should sit down and debate if they support the government or not”.
He said they could not run away from such things because it is one of the things that would show if the government still has support or not.
He said only this year three motions of no-confidence were filed in the British Parliament.
“Parliament should not close if faced with discussing the motion of no-confidence,” he said.

Mahao’s appeal appears to have fallen on deaf ears after the Speaker of Parliament, Sephiri Motanyane, closed the House sine die on Monday, sparking howls of protest from the opposition.
The motion was filed by Koro-Koro MP Motebang Koma last week.
Motanyane said the motion could not stand because it was filed by an MP from the ruling side. Koma is a member of the ruling ABC.

The Speaker said Koma should cross the floor first and then file the motion of no confidence against the government as a member of the opposition.
Several MPs however stood on a point of order arguing that in 2017 Teboho Lehloenya, who is now the deputy speaker, was not required to cross the floor when he moved a motion to oust Mosisili.
Motanyane also said the proposed Prime Minister Samuel Rapapa is also from the government side and therefore could also not stand.

Nkheli Liphoto


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