LesothoÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s Harvest FM editor, Reverend Adam Lekhoaba, has hit back at
the government over his deportation to South Africa by revealing that
Prime Minister Pakalitha Mosisili has a SA identity document, writes
Mzimkhulu Sithetho. Dual citizenship is prohibited by the Lesotho
And the Minister of Communications, Mothetjoa Metsing, has admitted the fact, showing journalists MosisiliÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s green ID document, issued in November 1992, a few months before LesothoÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s first democratic elections in 1993.
The minister argued that the prime ministerÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s ID did not grant him citizenship, but was necessary as a security document to attain permanent residence in SA. He said that the prime minister had been working as lecturer in South African universities for more than ten years had a right to apply for permanent residence.
Shortly after the most recent election, Lekhoaba was deported from Lesotho in February, accused of working illegally and inciting public alarm. He has dual citizenship, and has accused the Lesotho government of depriving him of his birthright.
Determined to fight back, he obtained a list of prominent Lesotho citizens who have SA citizenship from the Department of Home Affairs. Calling in from across the border, he has been broadcasting this list over his radio station.