The office of Prime Minister Pakalitha Mosisili has announced that Mr Selibe Mochoboroane, has been relieved of his portfolio as cabinet minister for small business after he dumped the second partner in the seven party coalition, Lesotho Congress for Democracy (LCD) to form his own party on Wednesday February 1, Movement for Economic Change (MEC).
The statement says Mochoboroane became a minister under the banner LCD following his successful election victory to become a member of parliament for the Thabana-Morena constituency in Mafeteng. It says now that he has resigned from LCD to form his own party, the coalition agreement does not involve him or his party hence his release from his portfolio a cabinet minister.
The coalition of seven political parties is led by Democratic Congress (DC), Prime Minister Mosisili’s party, and LCD led by deputy prime minister Mothetjoa Metsing, Popular Front for Democracy (PFD) led by Lekhetho Rakuoane, Basotho Congress Party (BCP) let by Advocate Thulo Mahlakeng, National Independent Party (NIP) let by Mr Kimetso Mathaba, Marematlou Freedom Party (MFP) led by Vincent Malebo and Lesotho Peoples Congress (LPC) led by Molahlehi Letlotlo.
During the launch of MEC on Wednesday before he was fired, Mochoboroane had told reporters that although he would go to parliament as a cross bencher when it opens on February 24, he would not support a vote of no confidence anticipated by opposition against Prime Minister Mosisli, whom they accuse of lacking majority numbers in parliament and therefore has lost legitimacy for a democratic prime minister.
It is not known if his dismissal from government would make him change his mind.