Soulo re-joins LCD

Lesotho Times - - Front Page - Billy Ntaote

For­mer All Ba­sotho Con­ven­tion ( ABC) chair­man, molo­beli Soulo, is ex­pected to an­nounce his re­turn to the Le­sotho Congress for Democ­racy (LCD) at a press con­fer­ence sched­uled for Bonhomie House in maseru this morn­ing.

Mr Soulo con­firmed to the Le­sotho Times yes­ter­day that he was re­turn­ing to the LCD — a party he left eight years ago to form the ABC along­side party leader and close friend, Thomas Tha­bane.

Ac­cord­ing to mr Soulo, he had de­cided to leave the ABC “to have peace of mind” after be­ing la­belled cor­rupt by some ABC heavy­weights late last year and ac­cused of high trea­son against the ABC-led gov­ern­ment.

Mr Soulo, who was fired as Min­is­ter in the Prime Min­is­ter’s Of­fice in Fe­bru­ary this year, fur­ther said it had pained him “so much” to be ac­cused of plot­ting against a party he helped form along­side Dr Tha­bane and 15 other LCD mem­bers of Par­lia­ment (mPs).

“There is go­ing to be press con­fer­ence at the of­fices at Bonhomie House to­mor­row at 11 am, dur­ing which I am go­ing to be wel­comed back into the party,” said mr Soulo.

“I re­gret ever leav­ing the LCD to form the ABC in 2006, as I had hoped for change. How­ever, this change never ma­te­ri­alised even when the party fi­nally made it to gov­ern­ment after the 26 May 2012 elec­tion.

“I thought I was end­ing the congress and na­tional philoso­phies, which had di­vided our so­ci­ety for so long, but it seems I was wrong, hence my decision to re­turn home to the LCD.

“I don’t ex­pect to contest the up­com­ing elec­tions in Fe­bru­ary 2015, but what I am seek­ing is a place to re­ally have a sense of be­long­ing.

I am join­ing a party within which I have al­ways had a place, and where I can have peace of mind, which I could not find in the ABC of late,” mr Soulo said.

His fo­cus, mr Soulo added, would now be on the de­vel­op­ment of Le­sotho as a na­tion and not po­lit­i­cal con­flicts that have di­vided Le­sotho over re­cent years.

“There is too much fo­cus on con­flicts and we al­ways have peo­ple be­ing fired from gov­ern­ment for no ap­par­ent rea­son. I don’t ex­pect to be hu­mil­i­ated for ex­er­cis­ing my po­lit­i­cal right, so I don’t be­lieve peo­ple should crit­i­cise me for de­cid­ing to go back to the LCD.

I was re­cently la­belled cor­rupt by some ABC mem­bers and even ac­cused of at­tempt­ing to over­throw the gov­ern­ment, so what I am only seek­ing now is peace of mind, which I am con­fi­dent of find­ing in the LCD,” said Mr Soulo.

Con­tacted for com­ment last night, the LCD Act­ing Spokesper­son, Se­libe mo­choboroane, con­firmed Mr Soulo would be of­fi­cially wel­comed by the Na­tional ex­ec­u­tive Com­mit­tee, Youth League and Women’s League at the party’s head­quar­ters this morn­ing.

“Ntate Soulo will have the hon­our of dis­clos­ing his rea­sons for re­turn­ing to the LCD. How­ever, our leader (Mo­th­etjoa Mets­ing) will not be around at the press con­fer­ence to wel­come him home, as he is out of the coun­try on per­sonal business.

“As a party, we are de­lighted by his decision to come back home as he was a very strong Youth League leader dur­ing his time in the LCD. He was also very in­flu­en­tial and in­dus­tri­ous in per­form­ing his du­ties as min­is­ter in the Prime Min­is­ter’s Of­fice,” Mo­choboroane said.

For­mer ABC chair­man molo­beli Soulo

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