MASERU — Former Prime Minister Pakalitha Mosisili will hold public gatherings throughout the country to console his supporters after his Democratic Congress (DC) was ousted from government last month.
DC spokesperson Serialong Qoo told the Lesotho Times yesterday that the party’s interim national executive committee had resolved to hold public gatherings throughout the country to give Mosisili a chance to explain to members how the party lost power.
He said the main focus of Mosisili’s meetings with party members would be to comfort them after losing power despite having won the election with the highest number of seats.
“We will hold the last rally at Ha-Foso either in August or September where the leader will address us on various issues that will include mapping the way forward,” Qoo said.
Mosisili stepped down as Lesotho’s premier when opposition parties rejected the DC’s overtures to form a coalition government.
The DC won 48 seats in the May 26 election but did not get the 61-seats majority required to form a government.
The former ruling party was put in a corner when the three biggest opposition parties — the All Basotho Convention (ABC), the Lesotho Congress for Democracy (LCD) and Basotho National Party (BNP) cobbled up a coalition and came up with the required 61 seats to form government.
Mosisili earlier this month said his DC party would operate “from a position of a strong and fierce opposition”.
Qoo also dismissed as baseless and malicious rumours that Mosisili was planning to step down as DC leader at the party’s elective conference likely to be held in September.
“The people who are spreading this malicious speculation merely want to confuse the DC members,” Qoo said.
“They will not succeed and I want to see their sad faces when my leader does not resign from the party leadership and continues to lead us in and outside parliament,” she said.
“My leader could not have been sworn-in as an MP if he wanted to bow out. Relinquishing power will not form part of the agenda.”
There were rumours that Mosisili was planning to step down as DC leader to enjoy the benefits of the office of a retired prime minister.
Unconfirmed reports suggested that Mosisili wanted to hand over the reins to his deputy, Monyane Moleleki, charges Qoo dismissed as baseless and malicious.
According to the Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister (Benefits and Spouses) Act 2010, Mosisili who was Lesotho’s premier for almost 15 years, is entitled to a monthly pension “at the rate of 80 percent of the basic salary”.
The Act states that the former premier will also enjoy a chauffeur-driven government vehicle, diplomatic passport, free medical treatment, a bodyguard, free telephone, water and electricity as well as a gardener and a house-maid.
If he remains in parliament and is recognised as the official leader of the opposition, Mosisili will be entitled to a minister’s salary, an official vehicle, a driver and bodyguard as well as a house.