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Govt will last the distance: Litjobo


’Marafaele Mohloboli

ALLIANCE of Democrats Youth League President, Thuso Litjobo, says the ruling coalition parties will do everything in their power to ensure the government lasts the full five year term.

Mr Litjobo said this while addressing a recent All Basotho Convention (ABC) rally at Masianokeng in Maseru.

He was one of the guests along with Deputy Prime Minister Monyane Moleleki’s wife, ’Malimpho.

The AD is one of the four parties along with the ABC, Basotho National Party and the Reformed Congress of Lesotho that combined their seats to form government in the aftermath of the 3 June snap elections.

They took over from the former seven parties’ coalition that was headed by Democratic Congress leader, Pakalitha Mosisili.

This is the third coalition government the country has had after three elections in the past five years and none of the governments have lasted the full five year term.

The current premier and ABC leader, Thomas Thabane led the first coalition in 2012 which also included the BNP and the Lesotho Congress for Democracy.

It however, failed to last the last the distance and was replaced after the 28 February 2015 snap elections by the Dr Mosisili-led seven parties’ coalition.

However, Mr Litjobo vowed that the current government would last the distance by pursuing policies and programmes in the best interests of the populace.

“I am putting it to you all that this is going to be the first coalition government to last its full term of five years,” Mr Litjobo said.

“This coalition shall take its full term because the power that we used to oust those that came before will be the same power we shall use to protect it.”

Without delving into specific issues, he said their stance as party had always been to oppose the malpractices of the previous administration, adding they would do the same with the current administration whenever they felt things were not being done the right way.

“We were vocal and we will still be vocal to protect this government and ensure it does the rights things.”

He also called on supporters of the coalition parties to embark on a drive to recruit members to bolster their numbers.

“I therefore urge all of you to go and recruit others who are not part of this government to come into our fold and join us,” he said.


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