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Finally! Metsing comes home

Oct. 25, 2018 2 min read

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MASERU - Coalition of opposition parties in Parliament, have announced that following their signing of agreement with the government on the terms towards the National Reforms process, Lesotho Congress for Democracy (LCD) Leader, Mothetjoa Metsing has eventually agreed to come back home from his self-exile in South Africa.

Speaking on behalf of the parties, Advocate Lekhetho Rakuoane, Leader of Popular Front for Democracy (PFD), said they kept their end of the bargain by conveying the signed agreement to Mr. Metsing who has been in exile for over a year now, and he has agreed to come back home before the National Dialogue, although he could not be specific of the date. Adv. Rakuoane indicated that, LCD Deputy Leader, Tseliso Mokhosi, and Leader of Socialist Revolutionaries (SR), Teboho Mojapela are also coming back alongside Mr. Metsing on the date that is yet to be announced.

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However, the parties expressed concern that the government has not yet gazetted the dialogue's coordinating committee which they said was supposed to have been done within 72 hours of signing of the memorandum of understanding. Adv. Rakuoane and other leaders explained that it is going to cause delay into the reforms process which they have committed themselves fully to be part of and to support. He further mentioned that as opposition parties, they are concerned with what they called a continuing disregard of court orders by the government which he said has failed to observe one that ordered for one Khotsang Moshoeshoe's release.

Mr. Moshoeshoe was arrested for addressing Minister of Trade and Industry, Tefo Mapesela as a 'boy' and onsructed him from his (Mr. Mapesela) attempt to close down a wool shed in Mokhotlong when farmers went against the government's instruction that wool and mohair should no longer be sold directl outside the country but should only be sold local at Thaba-Busiu at a company owned by farmers and a Chinese investor. The Leader of National Independent Party (NIP) Kimetso Mathaba, said the government has also not made transitional arrangements in the security sector and public service.

“This is a transitional government and we are expecting them to clearly mark the transition because it is the one taking us to the reforms and after that to the elections,” he said. The opposition had indicated that Mr. Metsing would not come back if his demands were not met and those demands included him not facing any charges during the reforms period. Mr. Metsing had also demanded that former army commander, Lt General Tlali Kamoli must be released from detention where he is awaiting trial on murder charges.


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