Maseru – Just three days before the dissolution of Lesotho’s Parliament, the Deputy Prime Minister and Leader of the House Mothetjoa Metsing has appealed to the elected representatives to “go and seek fresh mandate” from the electorate.
Lesotho Parliament is to be dissolved on December 5 2014 by the monarch King Letsie III after being advised by Prime Minister Thomas Thabane as preparations for brought-forward election scheduled for February next year, move ahead.
Addressing the Lower House yesterday, Metsing said the closure was another sine die allowing the members to “go and seek fresh mandate” from the electorate. Although some of them would not return to the House, he said, history would show they participated in the country’s Eight Parliament.
However, the Leader of the Basotho Batho Democratic Party Jeremane Ramathebane suggested the House “adjourn for a short while” to allow the legislators to meet the executive cabinet members with regard “to our issues.”
He fell short of the details.
Lesotho’s general election was meant to take place in 2017 but was brought forward as part of a political peace settlement facilitated by a SADC mission after a break off in the tripartite coalition government by Lesotho Congress for Democracy (LCD) leader Metsing.
He accused Prime Minister and Leader of the All Basotho Convention (ABC) party Thomas Thabane of failure to consult with him in decision making in running the affairs of the country.
The coalition government assumed power following the general poll that had seen no outright winner in the May 2012 vote.