Weather blocks Qacha joint opposition rally

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. . . as people, animals in highlands trapped in snow

Staff Writer

A JOINT rally by four opposition parties in Qacha’s Nek was cancelled yesterday due to the high snowfall in the district that rendered many roads impassable.

The opposition parties, All Basotho Convention (ABC), Alliance of Democrats (AD) Basotho National Party and Reformed Congress of Lesotho intended to hold the joint rally to drum up support ahead of the National Assembly election scheduled for 3 June 2017.

The rally was scheduled for Prime Minister Pakalitha Mosisili’s stronghold of Tsoelike after the four parties agreed to field one candidate in the constituency in a bid to oust the premier.

Under the agreement, the four parties will all vote for the AD’s candidate, Mosira Thahali, against Dr Mosisili in Tsoelike constituency.

Dr Mosisili, who is also Democratic Congress (DC) leader, won the Tsoelike constituency with 4 581 votes in the 28 February 2015 election, trouncing the runner-up ABC which had 325 votes.

The ABC’s spokesperson, Tefo Mapesela, told the Sunday Express they decided to cancel the rally due to the harsh weather conditions. He said the parties were yet to meet to discuss rescheduling the date of the rally.

Meanwhile, the Disaster Management Authority’s Information Officer Khopotso Phafoli yesterday told the Lesotho News Agency they had received reports of people and animals being trapped in snow in Mokhotlong, and Mphosong. She said most of the trapped people needed food and to have their roads cleared, adding that the vehicles would be deployed to clear the snow from the Local Government ministry.

Ms Phafoli said no human fatalities had been recorded as of yesteraday, adding that two horses died inside their owners’ vehicles in Mokhotlong. She said the owners of the horses were rescued by Afri-Ski staff.

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