Lesotho Opposition Accuses Majoro of Misgovernance

Opposition Alliance of Democrats (AD) leader and former Deputy Prime Minister Monyane Moleleki has accused the Moeketsi Majoro-led government of maladministration.

Moleleki also predicted that the government would flop before the end of its tenure in 2022.

While addressing hundreds of AD supporters at a rally early this week Moleleki said the government had become dysfunctional because of the narcissistic inclinations of its leaders.

“We are not insulting Majoro and (Basotho National Party deputy leader) Machesetsa (Mofomobe) but the truth is that they are governing us badly,” Moleleki said.

“The only reason why (Mokhothu’s) Democratic Congress is part of this government is to enable it to misuse the government vehicle fleet and fuel for canvassing for votes (in next year’s elections). They are not at all interested in service delivery.”

Mofomobe dismissed his comments as the “rumblings” of an old man who had “overstayed” his time politics.

Prime Minister of Lesotho,Moeketsi Majoro

“He (Moleleki) should stop lying. He is one of the people who have caused instability in this country since 1993.

DC deputy leader Motlalentoa Letsosa echoed similar views, saying Moleleki’s comments lacked “sense and logic”.

“We are not going to stoop to Mr Moleleki’s level. It seems he has completely lost it.”

Moleleki also discussed the botched 2018 M1.7 billion solar energy deal between the previous Thabane administration and German company, Frazer Solar, for the supply of solar water heating systems, solar power capacity, LED lights and solar lanterns.

The Lesotho government has had some of its foreign assets seized to pay off more than M856 million in damages awarded to Frazer Solar for breaching the agreement.

Mr Moleleki, who was deputy prime minister at the time of the deal, said the government was now paying for agreeing the deal without consulting the Finance ministry which was then headed by Majoro.

He said the government was also paying for its repeated failure to attend the arbitration hearings in South Africa which resulted in a default judgement in favour of Frazer Solar in January 2020.

Majoro urged for patience as the government engages the unions over a new minimum wage. He said a minimum wage gazette will be issued next week after the completion of the talks.

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