Youths form political party
A NEW political party mainly comprising youths from tertiary institutions was unveiled this week in Maseru.
The new kid on the block, called Equalitarian Socialist Party (ESP), is led by Caston Thaanyane, while Silas Thelingoane, Rethabile Jone and Molefi Nyenye are deputy leader, secretary general and treasurer respectively. The quartet is from the National University of Lesotho (NUL), but according to Mr Thaanyane, other leadership positions are expected to be filled by candidates from institutions such as Limkokwing University of Creative Technology, Lesotho College of Education, Lesotho Agricultural College, and Lerotholi Polytechnic.
Mr Thaanyane further said ESP would be registered with the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) tomorrow and take part in the February 2015 general election.
According to documents seen by the Lesotho Times, ESP has already been registered with the Law Office.
Mr Thaanyane told the Lesotho Times this week: “The party is not about NUL; we will elect other 15 members of the executive this coming Saturday at a venue still to be finalised. We expect some of these members to come from Limkokwing, Lesotho College of Education, Lesotho Agricultural College, Lerotholi Polytechnic and other local institutions of higher learning, so this party is about Lesotho’s youths no-matter their background.”according to Mr Thaanyane, ESP’S slogan is ‘Hang-hang, re se re le teng’, which translates to ‘Now we are here.’he added: “Our party regalia is green shirts and green berets because we, the youths, are the green grass of this country. We are ready to take part in the 2015 snap elections, and contest all the 80 constituencies.
“The ESP’S main objective is to champion the cause of the youths, who have continued to be ignored by successive governments.“every sector of our society, be it business, agriculture, education, and sport appears to have forgotten that we, the youths, exist.
Unemployment among the youth continues to rise and it doesn’t seem like there are any new projects being initiated to address this disturbing situation.
“For instance, the second batch of graduate nurses from NUL and other institutions is sitting at home as we speak, because the government has failed to provide them with jobs.
”Mr Thaanyane also said the ESP would advocate for the nationalisation of the country’s natural resources such as water, which has since become one of Lesotho’s major exports to South Africa.
“There is no need for Basotho to be paying huge bills for their own water, while South Africans enjoy the commodity in their big swimming pools and showers that we don’t even have in this country.“this injustice can be addressed through the nationalisation of such natural resources, which is what our party would be calling for once it joins mainstream politics.”