Basotho National Party (BNP) Deputy Leader Joang Molapo says Prime Minister Pakalitha Mosisili was “just buying time” when he addressed the nation yesterday afternoon.
Dr Mosisili held a press conference in Maseru yesterday to update the nation about his visit to Botswana this week for a SADC Double Troika summit. The summit was mainly to discuss the SADC Commission of Inquiry report on the killing by his colleagues, of former army commander Maaparankoe Mahao in June last year.
“He claims that the SADC Commission of Inquiry’s recommendations are not binding, but Ntate Mosisili knows the warnings that SADC Heads of State and Government gave him and he knows that he was making the statement he did today just to please his supporters. He knows what is right and I just hope he will do what he is supposed to do,” Chief Molapo said.
On his part, Political Economist Dr Moeketsi Majoro said Dr Mosisili’s condemnation of South African President Jacob Zuma was a mistake. Dr Mosisili believes Mr Zuma should not have told the South African media about Lesotho’s possible suspension from SADC should the government not receive the SADC report. The report was the result of an investigation conducted by a team of regional experts led by Justice Mpaphi Phumaphi of Botswana.
“Insulting Zuma was a signal blunder. Their rank and file will have another field day tomorrow,” Dr Majoro said.
“We must also explain why the people in exile can’t come back yet unless he does more, that is implementing in full the binding SADC resolutions.
“He misled his audience; the report proposes recommendations and once they are adopted by the summit, they are called resolutions and they are binding.”