By Nat Molomo
MOHALE’S HOEK — The Lesotho Congress for Democracy (LCD) says contracts for political appointees like district administrators should end every five years along with the term of the government that appointed them.
Metsing told a campaign rally attended by about 4 000 people in Mohale’s Hoek on Sunday that if his party is elected into government it will have difficulties working with appointees of the previous government.
Metsing said he was shocked on February 28 to see district secretaries and principal secretaries dressed in party colours in parliament when Prime Minister Pakalitha Mosisili crossed the floor from the LCD with 44 other MPs to form the Democratic Congress (DC).
“How then are we expected to work with them after elections in a new government when they have so openly put on the new party’s colours?” he asked.
If the LCD is elected, he said, it will make sure that the contracts of district administrators and permanent secretaries expire when the government’s term ends.
Metsing was welcomed by the cheering LCD supporters who enthusiastically shouted, “O mocha mochine” (here is our new young leader).
He started his speech by narrating the problems which resulted in Mosisili defecting to the DC.
He said he was confident that the LCD was poised to become government after the May 26 general election.
“The truth is that Mosisili is no longer a welcome leader.
“Basotho now need change,” said Metsing, adding that the prime minister had done his part and could not stop change.
The LCD government will bring development to Mohale’s Hoek, he said.
“The money does not belong to the ruling party but to you as tax payers.
“Our government will not discriminate against anyone”.
Metsing cited the people of Ha ‘Mapotsane village about 4km out of the town, where the MP’s attempts to bring electricity to the residents failed because of squabbles within the LCD when it was still the ruling party.
He conceded that there were divisions in the LCD which resulted in factions but that was now water under the bridge because the party had reformed.
“We can only succeed to bring change through your votes and thereby provide an administration which will serve every Mosotho regardless of their political affiliation.”
The soft-spoken Metsing added: “We are leading a party which will be government after the May 26 general elections.”
He also noted that he was assuming the leadership of the party at a time when poverty, unemployment and the scourge of HIV and Aids are at their worst.