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Leuta fingers Maseribane as major culprit

Leuta fingers Maseribane as major culprit

Former Basotho National Party (BNP) Secretary-General Lesojane Leuta, who has been fighting expulsion from the party and attempts to strip him of his proportional representation (PR) seat held under the BNP ticket for the past two years, will contest the June 3 National Assembly elections as an independent candidate. Public Eye this week caught up with Leuta, to establish his ...

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King ignored national interest: ’Maseribane

King ignored national interest: ’Maseribane

Basotho National Party (BNP) leader Chief Thesele ‘Maseribane, has accused His Majesty King Letsie III of ignoring the national interest, by dissolving Parliament at the instigation of Prime Minister Pakalitha Mosisili, despite the premier “losing legitimacy” when his government was defeated in a no-confidence vote in parliament a fortnight ago. In an exclusive interview with the Public Eye on Tuesday, ...

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Opposition want Moleleki for PM

Opposition want Moleleki for PM

Alliance of Democrats (AD) Monyane Moleleki saw his chances of becoming the country’s next Prime Minister increase on Wednesday as a parliamentary caucus of four opposition parties endorsed him to replace Democratic Congress (DC) leader Pakalitha Mosisili as head of the government. The endorsement however seems to be a highly-guarded secret by the opposition parties at least until it is ...

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I have survived by God’s Grace . . . upbeat Thabane looks beyond elections

I have survived by God’s Grace            . . . upbeat Thabane looks beyond elections

Former Prime Minister Thomas Thabane is looking forward to stripping incumbent Prime Minister Pakalitha Mosisili of the premiership during the June 3 National Assembly elections, so he can “complete the mission I started before Mosisili unseated me, to take Lesotho forward”. This week the Public Eye caught up with Thabane on Tuesday, on the sidelines of a meeting with SADC ...

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‘Pre-poll talks snub a bad omen for elections’

‘Pre-poll talks snub a bad omen for elections’

Lesotho’s opposition political parties have criticised Prime Minister Pakalitha Mosisili’s snub of a SADC-recommended pre-election multi-stakeholder dialogue aimed at “building consensus and trust among all stakeholders”, ahead of the June 3 polls. In a statement issued early this week signed by the parties’ respective secretary-generals, the All Basotho Convention (ABC), Basotho National Party (BNP), the Reformed Congress of Lesotho (RCL) ...

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Snap poll catches civil society off guard

Snap poll catches civil society off guard

Local civil society organisations were caught off guard by the dissolution of parliament and the subsequent proclamation of general elections triggering a rushed scramble by the rights groups for poll’s preparedness. Lesotho Council of Non-Governmental Organisations (LCN) Executive Director Seabata Motsamai told Public Eye last week his organisation was racing against time to solicit from almsgivers, funding for voter education and ...

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Suing Thabane might boomerang

Suing Thabane might boomerang

The government’s decision to prosecute All Basotho Convention (ABC) leader Thomas Thabane for allegedly maligning His Majesty King Letsie III, after last month’s dissolution of parliament, has drawn mixed responses from analysts. While premised on points of law, the decision could boomerang and cost the governing parties votes during the June 3 polls, while handing Thabane sympathy votes. Analysts told ...

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Mochoboroane opens up about political and private life

Mochoboroane opens up about political and private life

He is renowned for his gung-ho approach and never-say-die spirit, which has endeared him to many, and has his detractors quaking in their boots. Since hitting the campaign trail on the eve of Lesotho’s third poll in five years, Selibe Mochoboroane has galvanised his ever-growing band of supporters with his electric message of hope, reconstruction and development. His meteoric rise ...

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Exiled leaders’ return to shake political space

Exiled leaders’ return to shake political space

The return of the ruling coalition’s major rivals last Sunday from self-imposed exile could plunge the country into a stormy political phase characterised by repression as government moves to protect itself from a re-energised opposition, analysts say. Analysts who spoke to Public Eye this week said the opposition is likely to push for a no-confidence vote against Prime Minister Pakalitha ...

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