RCL in charm of­fen­sive

Lesotho Times - - News - Keiso Mohloboli

RE­FORMED Congress of Le­sotho (RCL) mem­bers held pub­lic gath­er­ings in Thaba-bo­siu and Machache con­stituen­cies on Sun­day to find out res­i­dents’ press­ing needs and how th­ese chal­lenges could be ad­dressed.

The or­gan­iser of the Thaba-bo­siu gath­er­ings, Mr Sekoati Kolisang said his newly formed party was con­cerned about the plight of or­di­nary Ba­sotho, hence the meet­ings.

RCL was regis­tered with the In­de­pen­dent elec­toral Com­mis­sion (IEC) early this month and mostly com­prises for­mer Le­sotho Congress for Democ­racy (LCD) mem­bers.

Although its lead­er­ship has not yet been re­vealed, party in­sid­ers have since told the Le­sotho Times that Labour and em­ploy­ment min­is­ter Keketso Ran­tšo and Pub­lic Ser­vice min­is­ter Mot­lo­h­eloa Phooko, would be party leader and deputy leader, re­spec­tively.

Ms Ran­tšo, who was sus­pended as LCD sec­re­tary gen­eral early this year after fall­ing out with party leader Mo­th­etjoa Mets­ing, at­tended Sun­day’s meet­ings but has de­nied her mem­ber­ship of the RCL.

Dr Phooko, on the other hand, yes­ter­day con­firmed he was an RCL and was leav­ing the LCD, where he was the party’s deputy leader.

“Res­i­dents here have been com­plain­ing for so long about lack of elec­tric­ity, run­ning wa­ter and roads that would make their lives eas­ier, but noth­ing has been done about it.

That clearly shows peo­ple have been elect­ing Mem­bers of Par­lia­ment (MPS) who don’t care about them at all, but are only con­cerned about their own wel­fare, hence this lack of de­vel­op­ment,”ent,” Mr Kolisang said.

Ac­cord­ing to Mr Ko­lil­isang, the com­mu­nity also so needed co­op­er­a­tives in n or­der to gen­er­ate an in- come and re­duce un­em­ploy­ment.

“Th­ese peo­ple here need money to es­tab­lish projects; they need to start poul­try, pig­gery ry and aloe pro­duc­tion pro­ject­so­jects to earn a liv­ing.

“This is what we haveave come to see for our­selves es to­day, and which our ur party is hop­ing to ad- dress should it be voted to power in Fe­bru­ary next year,” he said.

Le­bo­hang Kho­nyane, who spoke on be­half of Machache res­i­dents, said their con­stituency had been “aban­doned” de­spite be­ing un­der an MP who was a min­is­ter for “so many years”.

“We have hor­ri­ble gravel roads here in Machache and the MP, (for­mer Nat­u­ral Re­sources min­is­ter Monyane Moleleki) never both­ered to main­tain them be­cause he would use a he­li­copter to visit his con­stituency,” he added.

Mr Kho­nyane guar­an­teed change for Machache should an RCL can­di­date be voted into power in the up­com­ing snap elec­tion. Le­sotho goes to an early elec­tion on 28 Fe­bru­ary 2015 fol­low­ing the col­lapse of the LCD, All Ba­sotho Con­ven­tion (ABC) and Ba­sotho Na­tional Party (BNP) gov­ern­ment due to a power-strug­gle be­tween Prime Min­is­ter Thomas Tha­bane and his deputy Mo­th­etjoa Mets­ing.

In her ad­dress, Ms Ran­tšo said she was at the gath­er­ings in her ca­pac­ity as Labour and em­ploy­ment min­is­ter and not a mem­ber of the RCL.

“The Min­istry of Labour and em­ploy­ment is there to help you get your ben­e­fits from the South African mines, which have been pend­ing for years. You should not al­low crim­i­nals to get th­ese funds for you, which they will never sur­ren­der to you.

“The min­istry is work­ing handin-hand with The em­ploy­ment Bureau of Africa (TEBA) to help you get those ben­e­fits free of charge, and not after pay­ing a cer­tain fee as has hap­pened in the past.

“Th­ese con­men will make you pay sub­scrip­tion fees and at the same time, take a cer­tain per­cent­age of your ben­e­fits and you end up with noth­ing.

“We are here to give you free ser­vices and make sure you get what be­longs to you.”

Pressed by the Le­sotho Times if she was a mem­ber of the RCL, Ms Ran­tšo said she was not, in­sist­ing she be­longed to the Le­sotho Congress for Democ­racy (LCD).

File pic­ture: For­mer LCD deputy Leader Mot­lo­h­eloa Phooko (left) and Leader Mo­th­etjoa Mets­ing. MIN­IS­TER of Labour and em­ploy­ment Keketso ran­tšo

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