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Sept. 14, 2021

STAFF REPORTER

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Speaker confirms receiving motion of no confidence

Speaker confirms receiving motion of no confidence

Leader of Basotho Patriotic Party, Tefo Mapesela

Story highlights

  • Says motion met all legal requirements
  • It is aimed at removing Govt and Cabinet

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SPEAKER of Parliament, Sephiri Motanyane has confirmed that he received the proposed motion of no confidence against Prime Minister Dr Moeketsi Majoro and his coalition government on Friday.

He said the motion which was proposed by the leader of the Basotho Patriotic Party (BPP), Tefo Mapesela met all the legal requirements. 
Mr Motanyane said what the motion implies is that if it succeeds, it will remove the entire Government as well as its Cabinet in order to pave way for a new government that would be led by the leader of opposition, Dr Monyane Moleleki. 

The motion was filed by Mr Mapesela after he was kicked out of Cabinet and was seconded by AD’s backbencher, Kose Makoa. 

The former All Basotho Convention (ABC) member wants former Deputy Prime Minister, Monyane Moleleki to replace Dr Majoro.  

The infighting within the ruling ABC resulted in the main partner in the coalition government losing numbers over the past months, weakening its strength in Parliament. 

When former ABC deputy leader, Professor Nqosa Mahao ditched the party earlier in April to form his own Basotho Action Party (BAP), he left with nine other members.  

Asked to comment on the motion, ABC deputy chairperson, Chalane Phori was not sure whether or not he would vote against the motion, expressing his great affection for Dr Moleleki.  

A certain section of the public is also discontent with local politicians, describing them as greedy individuals who are both selfish and hungry for power.  

This emerged after Mr Motanyane confirmed his receipt of the motion last week.  

A member of the public, ’Maitumeleng Rankhalepe said each time the country is hit by a surge in COVID-19 cases coupled with low quality healthcare services, politicians push their own agenda instead of considering the welfare of the people.  

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With the national elections around the corner, she said politicians are getting impatient and want to overthrow the current government.  

Another member of the public, Lebenya Maisa said not so long ago, the government gave Members of Parliament M5 000 tax free monthly petrol allowances. 

He added that the decision to give MPs the allowances was made when businesses were shutting down and workers losing their jobs due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 
“Politicians are only concerned about themselves not the people who voted for them,” Mr Maisa also said. LeNA/Metro 
 

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