The King’s trip stalls parly re-opening: Metsing

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SECHABA MOKHETHI

MASERU – Amid much anticipation from the public for the re-opening of parliament, the Leader of Lesotho Congress for Democracy (LCD) and Deputy Prime Minister Mothetjoa Metsing has accepted the move failed to go through as His Majesty is presently out of the country.
At the invitation of the Africa Chair for the Universal Peace Federation, His Majesty King Letsie III attended the 2nd World Summit of the Universal Peace Federation held in Seoul, Republic of Korea from August 9-13, 2014.
The objective of the Summit is to provide world leaders with an opportunity to share thoughts and inspiration with the Assembly on the theme: “Peace, Security and Human Development”.
Briefing the media yesterday, Metsing said he had handed a letter to rescind the LCD and Democratic Congress (DC) alliance to DC leader Pakalitha Mosisili.
“This is to fulfil the declaration I have made before Southern African Development Community (SADC) Organ on politics, defence and security chairman Hifikepunye Pohamba that the LCD would cancel its agreement with the DC on or before August 14, 2014.”
He added in the same way, Prime Minister Thomas Motsoahae Thabane was also expected on the same dates to have advised His Majesty King Letsie III to abrogate the prorogation of parliament.
After the LCD came out to show its discontent over Thabane’s non-consultation in key government decisions with his coalition partners, also threatening to leave the coalition, Thabane immediately prorogued parliament in June and the LCD agreed to form a government with the DC under a new coalition.
Metsing indicated they were expecting the parliament to be opened yesterday, adding they were also aware that that could be done by the King as he is the one who should sign the notice that annuls parliamentary prorogation.
“The King is currently out of the country and I together with deputy leader (of LCD), Dr Motloheloa Phoko who is also public service minister), met with the Prime Minister to discuss these issues and also inform him that we will today undertake this meeting.”
“In our meeting,” Metsing said, “we ended calling government secretary, Moahloli Mphaka to pass the message to attorney general, Tšokolo Makhethe to make preparations for a notice that would be signed by the King when he arrives”.
However Metsing underscored that this was the Prime Minister’s declaration, “…and I believe he will follow it up to its end.”
However, Mphaka, called for comment yesterday, told Public Eye he was only sensitised that the trio were deliberating on issues of parliament and “…I was never instructed or mandated to inform the attorney general of anything.”
He underlined the attorney general does not account to him as the government secretary, and the opening or closing of parliament also do not fall within his job description.
Mphaka showed his responsibilities were limited to government ministries and public servants, adding the attorney general’s position appears in the constitution, meaning that he was not a public servant, “…the same bicker he is in with the prime minister as to whether he is a public servant or not.”

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