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Minister remains unshaken
1 December 2016
Deputy Prime Minister,
Mothetjoa Metsing says the agreement by DC Deputy
leader Monyane Moleleki and former Prime Minister
Tom Thabane will not stand to oust the government
unless it is tested in the National Assembly.
Metsing was responding to pronouncements by the
Moleleki faction of the Prime Minister's party
Democratic Congress and its allies that they are
ready to take over government.
Lesotho's Deputy Prime Minister says the prime
minister can vacate office only by resigning or a
motion by a vote of no confidence in parliament
“They have to go to parliament and prove that;
that's the only place when you have government in
place. When you have government in place, the only
way now to unseat that government constitutionally
and legally, that has to be done in parliament
through the motion of no confidence or if prime
minister chooses to resign,” adds Metsing.
Moleleki's faction says they have numbers, but
Metsing says some of the MPs in that alliance that
include Thabane, who has been in exile for more than
a year, may be disqualified when parliament resumes
for not attending sittings.
“The question would be who is going to be voting;
who is not going to be voting? So, there are serious
challenges now. So, that when we come to the motion
of no confidence we are sure that all the members
who are taking part actually have legitimacy,” adds
Can we see this spilling over into the coalition
"Yes it will have an impact but that does not mean
that it will bring down the government. No, not at
all,” adds Metsing.
But he maintains right now Lesotho is not in crisis,
but instead democracy is thriving.
"The same thing when they are happening in other
countries, it is called democracy, but when they are
happening in Lesotho - Lesotho is unstable again. We
must let our people enjoy the same democracy as
other countries elsewhere in the world. That is why
we are saying, 'let us ensure everything is done
within the limits and confines of the law'.”
Metsing has warned leaders in position of influence
to refrain from sending wrong messages to the
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