Ruling ABC’s MPs defect to join opposition relegated AD

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  • As former deputy Prime Minister Monyane Moleleki welcome ABC rebels with open arms.

Pulane Chaka

All Basotho Convention former members of parliament Mokherane Tsatsanyane and Sello Mooki received a joyous welcome with pomp and fanfare displayed from the National Assembly new building to Alliance of Democrats (AD) headquarters.

Mooki, Bobatsi constituency No. 80 legislator defected last week Friday and Tsatsanyane, Stadium Area No. 31 legislator defected today.

The duo was greeted with car horns blaring and ululating upon arrival at the AD offices.

Mooki and Tsatsanyane last Friday and today’s floor crossing to join AD brings the party’s parliament seats to 13.

The increase of the AD parliamentary seats breaks a tie that the party had with the Lesotho Congress for Democracy creating an impasse over which party leader between the two former deputy prime Ministers Mothetjoa Metsing and Monyane Moleleki will be declared the Official Leader of Opposition.


A crowd gathered as Moleleki, the AD leader, officially welcomed the pair after they had been presented with their membership cards, claiming that he sees them as family, would treat them as such, and hoped the party would as well.

All of this said alongside the party’s mantra of “Pele feela, morao ho tletse.”

Mooki claims he left ABC because he believed the party was not eager to serve the public and he chooses the AD because of the work the party was doing to help communities within Maseru.

He further added that he also left because the abolishment of the former coalition government was not something he agreed to and those were just two of the reason he chose to defect to AD.

For his part, Tsatsanyane explained that although he and Mooki had left the ABC, he bore no ill will towards the party and expressed that his one request was that ABC must take care of former Prime Minister and ABC founder Thomas Thabane.

He also said he and Mooki had come from a different party, they were bound to make mistakes and his hope is that the party and its leaders would have the patience to correct them when they were wrong so they could continue to grow within the party.

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