Youths form po­lit­i­cal party

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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.”

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