MASERU — Lesotho Congress for Democracy (LCD) leader Mothetjoa Metsing has ruled out forming a coalition government with the Democratic Congress (DC).
Metsing said in the event that his party is forced into a coalition government with rival parties after Saturday’s election they will not include the DC because Prime Minister Pakalitha Mosisili does not want change.
“We can work with parties that have never ruled but not with DC and that is on principle,” Metsing said.
“Excluding the DC from such a government would not be out of hatred but is a matter of principle.”
Metsing was speaking at a press conference in Maseru yesterday following radio reports that he had clandestinely gone to the State House to push for a coalition deal with Mosisili.
He however dismissed the Mo-Afrika radio station’s report as baseless.
“I am puzzled by this claim. At the same time it is not so much surprising because this is a clear sign of accepting defeat on their part,” Metsing said.
“I have been in that congress league before and the things that are happening this year are totally amazing, they are a sign that some people are facing defeat.”
Metsing said he was hurt that journalists at the radio station went on air before verifying the story with him.
He said there was no way he was going to meet Mosisili at State House without the blessings of his party’s national executive committee.
“That would be very disrespectful of me to people who put me in power. This matter was intended to bring confusion and mistrust between me and the LCD cadres,” he said.
Members of the LCD national executive committee who were present at the press briefing included deputy leader Motloheloa Phooko, chairperson of the Committee of Elders Mpho Malie, Kekeletso Rantšo, treasurer Lebohang Ntšinyi and Khotso Matla, editor of the LCD propaganda newspaper Mololi.
Metsing said he was prepared to ask that CCV security cameras that are installed at the Prime Minister’s residence be reviewed to clear his name.
MoAfrika FM spokesperson, Molefi Lengosane, told the Lesotho Times yesterday that they had tried to contact Metsing for comment without success before running the story.
Metsing said engaging the DC clandestinely would be an insult and a betrayal of voters who are crying out for change.
“After all they (DC) have made it very clear at their rallies that they would not put up with a coalition government. Why would I be stupid enough to go and engage in talks with the DC when I am aware that Basotho are going to vote for change?” Metsing said.
“There is no power that can stop Basotho from bringing about the change that they want. By the power of God, come Saturday, Lesotho will experience change,” said Metsing.
The LCD leader urged LCD followers “not to be angered or frustrated by this cheap propaganda”.
Mosisili quit the LCD in February and formed the DC after two years of bitter infighting for control of the party.
The premier on Sunday also ruled out a coalition government with opposition parties vowing that his DC will win a clear majority in Saturday’s election.