By Staff Writers
Maseru, Nov 23 (The Night’s Watch) –Former Deputy Prime Minister Mothetjoa Metsing and Minister of Development Planning Selibe Mochoboroane are set to be arrested and charged over their role in the alleged coup attempt six years ago.
Police confirmed on Monday that a warrant of arrest has been issued for Metsing and Mochoboroane.
They face treason charges in connection with the August 30,2014, alleged coup attempt against the first coalition government led by the then Prime Minister Thomas Thabane. In the aftermath, Thabane fled to South Africa for his life.
In the ensuing roller-coast ride, Thabane was brought back into office under regional armed protection, jettisoned again after he lost an early election in 2015 and then propelled back into power after he won the next in 2017.
He was jettisoned again in May this year when his coalition government collapsed in parliament.
Metsing and Mochneoboroane are supposed to be tried alongside former army commander Lieutenant General Tlali Kamoli and an army officer, Captain Litekanyo Nyakane.
Their trial was initially supposed to have begun in February this year but it was put on hold after Metsing and Mochoboroane petitioned the Constitutional Court to stop the state from trying them because of an October 2018 government-opposition agreement.
Clause 10 of that agreement between then Prime Minister Thabane’s government and the opposition purportedly cancelled all trials of Metsing, Mochoboroane and other opposition figures until after the implementation of the multi-sector reforms recommended by SADC in 2015.
The reforms have been dragging and several deadlines for their completion have been missed.
The agreement was outlawed by the constitutional court in 2018 but Metsing and Mochoboroane insisted that the agreement must be respected. They filed another application this year asking the constitutional court to rescind its 2018 judgement but the court refused.
It maintained that Clause was unconstitutional.
Metsing leads the opposition Lesotho Congress for Democracy (LCD) and Mochoboroane is leader of the Movement for Economic Change (MEC), which joined the current governing coalition at its inception in May this year after Thabane’s government collapsed. NW
By Staff Writers