RCL in charm offensive
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