DPL revokes coalition support

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By Mamello Mosaefane

Democratic Party of Lesotho (DPL) has withdrawn its support from the sitting dual-party coalition government comprising All Basotho Convention (ABC) and Democratic Congress (DC).

This, the party, revealed in its media briefing today having also dispatched a letter of withdrawal to the Speaker of the National Assembly, Sephiri Motanyane, yesterday.

According to the letter, as penned by the DPL’s secretary general Moipone Koro, and co-signed by the leader, Limpho Tau, the party’s executive committee “has resolved…to withdraw and terminate support to the incumbent ABC/DC governing coalition in the parliament of Lesotho and in all spheres”.

DPL has only one and proportional representative seat occupied by Tau, in parliament.

The party says the withdrawal of support was followed by Tau ceasing the working relationship and or partnership with the government, citing lack of leadership patriotism and flawed manner of running national issues.

Among other reasons is the trending issue of Lesotho soldiers’ arrest in South Africa. ADP voiced dissatisfaction in the fact that government never uttered a word and acted on the arrest until the South African soldiers got arrested in Lesotho last week.

Speaking at the press conference, Tau said that this issue only provoked the government emotions when “foreigners” got involved, proving no love of their own citizens.

“Our very own minister of Law and Justice [Nqosa] Mahao, has in the annex 5 interview proposed that Lesotho should surrender its borders and be part of South Africa. No wonder he ordered the speed up of the South African soldiers’ case while he said no word on his own,” said Tau.

He also added that he finds it unnecessary that Deputy Prime Minister, Mathibeli Mokhothu, led a delegation of five ministers to Pretoria while they could have virtually held a meeting like the Prime Minister, Moeketsi Majoro, with the recent SADC Summit.

This according to Tau is an unnecessary waste of public resources and a way for officials to get their hands on the per diems.

Furthermore, Tau showed his concern in the Ministry of Education’s “reckless handling of the issue of teachers’ payment system upgrading”.

He said the teachers’ salary delays could demotivate them and thereby derailing classes resumption next week as ordered by the Minister, Ntlhoi Motsamai.

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