Mahao calls for an early election

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By Liteboho Thebe

The Basotho Action Party leader Nqosa Mahao has appealed to parties in parliament to cobble together numbers to make a two-thirds majority and call an early election instead of ousting Prime Minister Moeketsi Majoro in a vote of no confidence.

Professor Mahao on Wednesday said his party’s parliamentarians will not vote to depose Prime Minister Moeketsi Majoro when the national assembly determines a motion for a vote of no confidence as this is an abusive but a fresh mandate from the electorate must be the way to go.

A motion for a vote of no confidence in the Prime Minister was brought to the house by the Basotho Patriotic Party (BPP) leader Tefo Mapesela who is also the Mokhotlong constituency legislator and seconded by the Alliance of Democrats legislator Kose Makoa.

Mahao said there is a need for parties in the house to gather together and make up the requisite two-thirds majority required by the constitution for parliament to call an early election within the next three months.

Mahao told a press briefing on Wednesday held at the AME Hall in Maseru that they will not vote on the motion of no confidence against Majoro.

BAP leader Prof, Nqosa Mahao believes that Majoro is a Prime Minister with no vision and he is a weak Prime Minister who has no capacity to hold anyone accountable.

Critics baying for Majoro’s blood, Motlatsi Maqelepo the BAP Spokesperson who is also the Berea constituency legislator said believe the Prime Minister to be beholden to his cronies and that he is captured and linked to many corrupt acts.

Maqelepo also told his colleagues in the national assembly that it is the peoples’ political right to be led by a person Basotho that they voted for rather than have the parliamentarians hold that decision for them.

Mahao failed to elaborate in detail the alleged corruption leveled against Majoro but instead gave an endless list of entities Majoro may have had a hand in tainting, such as the hefty fees the country had to fork out for the demolishing of Queen Elizabeth II hospital, corruption in the handling of the coordinating of the Covid-19 response and alleged corruption within the Financial Institute Unit.

Mahao said there is no temptation worse than tenders in this country, that the corrupted MPs use to mask off the fact that they feed off the people’s resources.

He further states that some of these corruption occurrences have been in existence since way before the government of Majoro and his deputy Mathibeli Mokhothu.

“At the end of the day the bark stops with Dr Majoro,” said Mahao.

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