Selibe declares war on errant companies
MOVEMENT for Economic Change (MEC) leader, Selibe Mochoboroane says a MEC government will take action against nine companies in which government has shareholding to force them to remit revenue to fund development programmes in the country.
Mr Mochoboroane said this yesterday while addressing thousands of MEC followers at a rally in his home constituency of Thabana-Morena in the Mafeteng district.
The rally was held to drum up support for the party ahead of the 3 June elections which were announced by King Letsie III in the aftermath of the opposition’s successful no confidence vote against the Pakalitha Mosisili-led seven parties’ coalition government on 1 march.
Mr Mochoboroane said he had been supplied with the names of the nine companies that continued to prejudice government and the country through their failure to declare their annual profits and remit dividends.
The former Minister of Energy and Meteorology said the companies’ errant behavior was happening against the background of research that had shown that the country needed at least M2 billion to ensure that 90 percent of Lesotho population had access to electricity.
“These nine companies, which I know by name, have not been declaring their profits to government, not paying government’s share of profits and once we are elected into government, we are coming after them,” Mr Mochoboroane said, adding that the money should have been used for service delivery.
He said his party had identified many areas in which government could generate revenue to be used for improving service delivery to the public.
“Once we take over as government, we will even increase the fines for stock theft.
“Where a convict is currently fined M1000 for stock theft, the MEC government will ensure that the fine is increased to M6000.
“That money will go into the government purse and we will use it for service delivery.”
He said his government would increase toll gate fees and ensure that foreigners and tourists pay more than Basotho.
He also said his government would work hard to ensure that the public service pension contributions were invested in Lesotho rather than in South Africa, adding this would be achieved by enacting a law which allowed parastatals to borrow money to ensure every household had access to clean water, electricity and proper road facilities.
Mr Mochoboroane also took a swipe at his former party, the Lesotho Congress for Democracy (LCD), saying its leader and deputy Prime Minister Mothetjoa Metsing was wasting his time in holding rallies in an attempt to snatch the constituency from him.
“This is just but a dream that will never come true. He (Metsing) should be concentrating on Leribe to ensure that he wins his constituency instead of coming here several times where he even failed to pull a decent crowd.
“This is an indication that fielding (Bereng) Lekase against me was an embarrassment for them,” he said, adding that Thabana-Morena and other Mafeteng constituencies belonged to MEC.
He pleaded with his supporters to paint Ha Thetsane blue and white this Saturday when the party holds its final rally.