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Moleleki clarifies congress ideology

Nov. 8, 2018 2 min read

Maseru – The Leader of the House, Mr. Monyane Moleleki, explained the ideology of the congress movement during the obituary of two late parliamentarians in the National Assembly on Friday. The late Members of Parliament (MPs) are Mr.

 Thabo Letela, who was the MP for Thaba Kubu from 1998 to 2002, who will be laid to rest at Ha Letela, Sefikeng on Saturday and former Marematlou Freedom Party (MFP) MP, Mr.Potlaki Thebe, who represented the party at the second parliament and died at the age of 97 in Mokhotlong. Passing his condolences to the bereaved families, the Deputy Prime Minister Mr. Moleleki said they commend Mr. Letela for following the principles of congress movement as he fought against all forms of violation of human rights and for the democratic rule of Lesotho.

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'This was proved by Mr. Letela's selflessness in which he left the country and joined the Lesotho Liberation Army in the 1980's where he slept in the bushes in order for the country to be fully democratic,” he commented. He said the congress movement principles are about fighting against violation of human rights of Basotho and the entire nation. Mr. Moleleki said this proves that the critics of the congress movement who claimed that the crusade were against the Chiefs is unfounded and lacks substance.

Speaking about Mr. Thebe, the Leader of the House said, in the past, there was a belief that all the then Lesotho Evangelical Church (LEC) Christians were congress followers while the Roman Catholic Church (RCC) were Basotho National Party (BNP) members.
He said this was not the case with Mr. Thebe as he was a staunch member of LEC, but an MFP member of a non-congress movement political party. Also speaking during the obituary, the MFP leader in the National Assembly Mr. Moeketse Malebo hailed Mr. Thebe as an honest person who stood for nothing but the truth at all times. He said Mr. Thebe, a former teacher, served the LEC church; and as a Lesotho politician, he served with distinction, adding that the country needs leaders of his calibre.

“I am really hurt and will miss him more, especially during the reforms process, as his contribution would be immeasurable,” he lamented. The two parliamentarians were hailed as heroes who made their mark in many fields. Besides politics, they were also involved in such fields as education, church, crop and livestock farming. The House observed a moment of silence in honour of the two former MPs. Mr. Thebe is by survived his second wife and a daughter while Mr. Letela is by survived by his wife and five children.


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