Lesotho opposition party – Alliance of Democrats – says it does not believe SADC Facilitator, Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa should be blamed for Lesotho awarding a multibillion rand fleet management contract to BidVest, and negative sentiments about Ramaphosa are not enough to call for his removal.

Alliance of Democrats (AD) leader Monyane Moleleki says while they are disappointed SADC didn’t demand that Prime Minister Pakalitha Mosisili step down after losing a vote of no confidence, they believe the Facilitator will be instrumental in creating a conducive environment ahead of the June 3 elections.

The most significant outcome of the SADC extraordinary summit for Lesotho is that The Facilitator and Oversight Committee should convene a multi stakeholder dialogue to build trust ahead of The June 3 elections.

“That is in the hands of the facilitator, we will be waiting for the facilitator to tell us the date and we hope that he will be working with the government to arrange that kind of a dialogue,” said deputy Prime Minister Mothetjoa Metsing. However, negative sentiments against Ramaphosa seem to be growing.

“Some our partners have lost confidence in deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa but it is not to the extent that we can say he should be removed. I personally believe the SADC decision is in line with our idea to have a process like CODESA and the deputy president who did it for south africa can do it for Lesotho,” Moleleki said.

Moleleki who was the Minister of Police before leaving the Democratic Congress, believes Ramaphosa played no part in the decision to award the contract to Bidvest.

Last week the Lesotho government cancelled the Bidvest contract. The controversy is cited as one of the reasons that led to a split in Prime Minister Mosilili’s Democratic Congress and the motion of no confidence in him.

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– By Nthakoana Ngatane