Mapesela forages through in bid for PM’s ouster

Basotho Patriotic Party leader Tefo Mapesela

STAFF REPORTER

MASERU – The leader of the Basotho Patriotic Party, Tefo Mapesela, says he is pushing ahead with the motion of no confidence against Prime Minister Moeketsi Majoro despite losing a legal application to force a secret ballot in the National Assembly.

Mapesela told Public Eye in a brief interview Tuesday night that he has agreed with the Deputy Speaker, Lebohang Ramohlanka, today for the motion to be set in process.

“We cannot afford to have Majoro taking us to elections when the country continues to regress just because people can’t think,” he said, adding that the continuation of the current government is not in the interests of the nation.

The High Court of Lesotho last week dismissed the application seeking for parliament to allow the motion to be decided by a secret ballot.

The court has left the decision to the discretion of the Speaker and available Standing Orders and procedures of the House.

The national general elections are expected by September this year and views differ as to whether a new government is justified at this point in time, especially with the national reforms process still in motion.

Majoro last week lost his bid for the ruling All Basotho Convention party leadership, which was followed by his immediate resignation from the party’s executive committee – a move that has been interpreted a clear loss of authority and political authentication from the ruling party.

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