Sedition case against Lesotho communication minister withdrawn

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A sedition case against supposedly fired Minister of Communications, Science and Technology, Selibe Mochoboroane MP, was withdrawn from the magistrate court a few minutes ago in Maseru, the capital of Lesotho.

Mochoboraone who was declared fired on a Government of Lesotho gazette last month, but refused to vacate the ministerial office to date, was accused of insulting King Letsie III.

“I said Prime Minister ill advised the King” so explained Mochoboroane addressing his supporters at the Magistrate Court’s compound shortly after the case was withdrawn.

Members of the congress political parties and spectators outside Maseru Magistrate Court this morning waiting for Mochoboroane to address them.
Members of the congress political parties and spectators outside Maseru Magistrate Court this morning waiting for Mochoboroane to address them.

This is a second case filed by the Government of Lesotho against Mochoboroane in less than a month. The first case was with regard to his refusal to vacate the ministerial office. The Deputy Prime Minister, Mothejoa Metsing argued that Mochoboroane dismissal was against the coalition government agreement that everything would be agreed between the three ruling parties before is implemented. He further argued that the Prime Minister, Thomas Thabane did not consult before making a decision to fire Mochoboroane. The case was declared not urgent by the court and postponed to March, 2015. However, last week local media reported the case will be heard sometimes in December, 2014.

“We will not back off from our political fight… The next step is to go for elections”, so said Mochoboroane calling on the Prime Minister to dissolve the parliament and announce the elections date in two weeks’ time.

At the same event, the Minister of Natural Resources, Energy and Water Affairs, Ts’eliso Mokhosi who is also Deputy Secretary General of the Lesotho Congress for Democracy dismissed the case as political agenda aiming at misdirecting the electoral vote.

“These are actions by the enemy aiming at misinforming the nation because we are going for elections. Let’s work for peace,” He said urging the people go for elections to win against all odd.

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