Thousands of opposition supporters on Sunday welcomed three exiled opposition leaders who have been in exile in the Republic of South Africa for over a period of one year.
The three leaders, Dr. Thomas Motsoahae Thabane leader of All Basotho Convention (ABC), Chief Thesele Maseribane leader of the Basotho National Party (BNP) and Mrs. Keketso Rantšo leader of the Reformed Congress of Lesotho (RCL) have been living in the Free State province of SA for security concerns they have raised.
Addressing the jubilant and cheering crowd after their arrival, the three leaders applauded the civil society organizations (CSOs) for playing a crucial role in facilitating their return back home.
Dr. Thabane said, “The civil society organizations, churches and Basotho of good will are the ones who facilitated our return in the country. The government of Lesotho which was expected to play a leading role never showed any interest and contribution in our return.”
On his part, Chief Maseribane thanked all people who showed up from different areas to welcome them. He promised to work hard in becoming a constructive opposition when parliament reopens on Friday, February 24th.
Mrs. Rantšo also expressed her disappointment in the Government of Lesotho which did nothing to facilitate their return home from exile.
The Leader of Alliance of Democrats (AD), Mr. Monyane Moleleki emphasized the weight of these leaders who have returned to their home country. He urged them to always adhere to the principle of peace, which was a philosophy of Moshoeshoe I.
Mr. Moleleki said it is his wish that these scenarios of leaders running away from their countries should come to a stop. He said, “This must be the last time this kind of dreadful thing happens in our country.”