Mofomobe snubs Mosisili, Metsing

Mofomobe snubs Mosisili, Metsing

MASERU – BASOTHO National Party (BNP) spokesman Machesetsa Mofomobe declined to shake the hands of Prime Minister Mosisili and his deputy Mothetjoa Metsing after he was sworn in as an MP on Monday.
It is a well-established tradition in Lesotho’s parliament for the opposition and ruling party MPs to interact at the swearing-in session of new MPs.

Mofomobe, who is a fresher in parliament as a Proportional Representation (PR) MP, withdrew his hand when Mosisili and Metsing made overtures to greet him. The first to approach Mofomobe in the well of parliament, wearing a smile and his hand wide open for a handshake was Metsing but Mofomobe just stared at him.

Metsing, looking surprised, left to greet other MPs. Before long, Mosisili came for a handshake but Mofomobe pulled back his hand resisting the greeting and Mosisili got hold of him, pulled him closer and forced him to shake his hand.
Asked why he declined to greet the two, Mofomobe told thepost that he did not like the two so much that he felt he would be betraying the souls of people who were killed during their rule.

“I have ignored Mosisili and Metsing because they were leading the out-going government,” Mofomobe said.
He said if he shook hands with them (Mosisili and Metsing) he would be a hypocrite.
“I would be betraying my own family,” Mofomobe said, adding that under the Mosisili administration he was persecuted and that his brother who is a soldier is still in exile.

“I would also be betraying Mahao, Ramahloko, Tang and Qobete’s families if I could agree to shake their hands,” he said.
Maaparankoe Mahao, who was the Lesotho Defence Force (LDF) boss, was killed in what the army said was an operation to arrest him for mutiny against Lieutenant General Tlali Kamoli.

Sub-Inspector Mokheseng Ramahloko was shot dead during a raid by the army at the police headquarters in Maseru on August 30, 2014.
Mohau Qobete, who was a security guard at the Ministry of Education offices in Maseru, was shot dead during a fight between LDF soldiers and Thabane’s bodyguards. It is believed he was hit by a stray bullet.
Lisebo Tang was a young woman who was killed by soldiers guarding Kamoli’s home when they riddled a car she was in with bullets, seriously injuring a man she was with.

These are the dead Mofomobe says he would be betraying their souls if he agreed to shake Mosisili and Metsing’s hands.
“I would be betraying democracy as well,” he said. Mofomobe maintained that it is the duo who have brought this country into disrepute and have caused anarchy and lawlessness.

Mofomobe said he still has a pending case in the Maseru Magistrate Court where he is accused of contravening provisions of the 2010 Penal Code and the Lesotho Defence Force Act of 1996 in that he placed some photos of some men who were suspected to be army officers on Facebook.

He said it is under the administration of Mosisili and Metsing that his right to pass information through Facebook was threatened.
Both Mosisili and Metsing, however, continued greeting members of the in-coming government who were sitting on the front seats of parliament.

There were 117 MPs who were sworn-in. Leaders of the four parties of the All Basotho Convention (ABC), Alliance of Democrats (AD), Basotho National Party (BNP) and Reformed Congress of Lesotho (RCL) who have formed a post election pact ‘peacefully’ shook hands with the out-going Prime Minister and his deputy. The four parties have announced their deal to form a coalition government.
Mofomobe however said he did not have any problem with other members of Mosisili’s Democratic Congress (DC) and Metsing’s Lesotho Congress for Democracy (LCD) MPs.

“I have a problem with Mosisili and Metsing only not the entire opposition,” he said.
Asked how he is going to work with the opposition in the parliamentary portfolio committees, Mofomobe said both Mosisili and Metsing cannot be part of the committees by virtue of being the former Prime Minister and deputy Prime Minister respectively.

Majara Molupe

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