Cabinet reshuffle looms



’Marafaele Mohloboli

A cabinet reshuffle is on the cards with sources yesterday telling the Lesotho Times that Prime Minister Pakalitha Mosisili could announce the changes “anytime from now”.

According to the sources, the most affected would be ministers belonging to the Democratic Congress (DC).

Ministers suspected to be involved in the party’s factional fighting are set to be given the boot or moved to less-influential portfolios, the sources further said.

The DC has been split into two factions—one supporting party leader Dr Mosisili and the other his deputy, Monyane Moleleki.

Dr Mosisili alluded to the factionalism when he addressed the party’s elective conference held in Ha Foso last month.

According to the sources, DC Public Relations Officer and Malingoaneng Member of Parliament (MP), Serialong Qoo is among those expected to be appointed to the seven-party cabinet, while some “bigwigs” are set to be dropped.

Mr Qoo yesterday said he heard about the reshuffle “from the corridors”, while some of the DC ministers who are expected to be dropped told the Lesotho Times they would accept whatever position the party takes regarding their future.

Asked about the reshuffle, the prime minister’s press attaché, Motumi Ralejoe said he was not aware of it.

Government spokesperson and Communications Minister Khotso Letsatsi also said he was not aware of any looming cabinet reshuffle.

“This is the first time I am hearing about it. It’s news to me,” he said.

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