Moleleki calls for GNU
ALLIANCE of Democrats (AD) leader, Monyane Moleleki yesterday called for a government of national unity to restore peace and stability in the country after the snap elections on Saturday.
He however, said the envisaged government would exclude outgoing Prime Minister Pakalitha Mosisili and his deputy, Mothetjoa Metsing.
Mr Moleleki said this while addressing supporters at his final campaign rally at Likotsi, Maseru ahead of Saturday’s national polls.
The snap elections were announced by King Letsie III on 6 March 2017 in the aftermath of a no confidence vote that was passed by the opposition against the seven parties’ coalition government headed by Democratic Congress (DC) leader Pakalitha Mosisili.
Mr Moleleki joined forces with other opposition parties including the All Basotho Convention (ABC), Basotho National Party (BNP), and the Reformed Congress of Lesotho (RCL) to oust the government.
However, their plan to have Mr Moleleki to become Prime Minister for the first 18 months and thereafter to be replaced by ABC leader, Thomas Thabane was dealt a mortal blow when King Letsie III heeded Dr Mosisili’s advice to dissolve parliament and call for snap elections.
Yesterday, Mr Moleleki urged his supporters to turn out in large numbers to ensure the party garnered enough votes to enable it to take its place in a government of national unity after the polls.
“We should remove these people that are in power,” he said, adding, “All I have to do is to negotiate with our partners to accommodate all parties that would have acquired seats in our government”.
“But Ntate Mosisili and Ntate Metsing should go home so that we can successfully form a government of national unity.
“Even though I say this, I am confident that we are going to beat them up in the coming elections.
“However, we should have a government without opposition for the restoration of peace and stability.”
Mr Moleleki also called for reconciliation “among all people who have differences”.
He also pledged to ensure that, if he is elected into power, he would ensure that criminals who behind incidents of kidnappings were brought to book.
“You will recall that I am a former police minister.
“It means that sense of policing still remains in me. Therefore, I am going to ensure that proper investigations are conduct so that justice is done,” he said.
BNP leader, Thesele ‘Maseribane made a brief appearance at the rally and he was led to the podium to be introduced to AD supporters.
He left after Mr Moleleki had announced that: “He is also in the middle of intensive preparations for his rally to be held tomorrow”.
Mr Moleleki’s keynote address was followed by all-night entertainment featuring local and South African artistes.
“As the elderly leave, you (youths) should remain enjoying yourselves. But you should do it responsibly,” Mr Moleleki said.
Meanwhile, 30 AD youth league members were reportedly involved in the accident yesterday while travelling to the rally from Kolonyama constituency in the Leribe district.
Mr Moleleki made the announcement at the rally.
“I am told the vehicle in which they were travelling in hit a horse but they are all in a stable condition after being examined at the hospital,” Mr Moleleki said.
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