‘LCD con­tin­ues to grow’

Lesotho Times - - News - Keiso Mohloboli

Le­sotho Congress for Democ­racy (LCD) Act­ing sec­re­tary Gen­eral Tšeliso Mokhosi has scoffed at sug­ges­tions that the party had been se­verely weak­ened fol­low­ing the re­cent de­par­ture of se­nior key mem­bers.

The LCD re­cently lost key mem­bers— Keketso Ran­tšo, Ti­mothy Tha­hane, Mot­lo­h­eloa Phooko, ‘Mamolula ntabe and Motšelisi Tuoane—who are now lead­ing the Re­formed Congress of Le­sotho (RFC).

how­ever, Mr Mokhosi said the de­par­ture would not af­fect the LCD’S prospects in Fe­bru­ary’s snap elec­tion, adding the devel­op­ment had ac­tu­ally strength­ened the party, led by Deputy Prime Min­is­ter Mo­thetjoa Mets­ing.

“The for­ma­tion of the RCL and Ntate Tha­hane leav­ing us to con­test the elec­tion as an in­de­pen­dent can­di­date, do not do any harm to the LCD at all, as the party is ready for Fe­bru­ary’s elec­tions. we all saw the launch and elec­tive con­fer­ence of the RCL; the peo­ple there were not even 100, so I don’t see how such a party can be said to be a threat to the LCD or how its for­ma­tion could have weak­ened us,” he said.

Mr Mokhosi also dis­missed al­le­ga­tions that an­other party heavy­weight, ed­u­ca­tion and Train­ing min­is­ter, ‘Mak­a­belo Mosothoane, had left the LCD af­ter fall­ing out with the na­tional ex­ec­u­tive Com­mit­tee (nec) and Mr Mets­ing—the same rea­son why Labour and em­ploy­ment min­is­ter Ran­tšo, Public ser­vice min­is­ter Phooko, for­mer en­ergy min­is­ter Tha­hane and the oth­ers, had also left.

“Al­le­ga­tions that Mrs Mosothoane also quit the LCD are base­less. what only hap­pened was that she lost pri­mary elec­tions to stand for the party in hlotse con­stituency, but she is still a mem­ber of the LCD,” said.

Ac­cord­ing to Mr Mokhosi, those claim­ing the LCD was fall­ing apart were ill-in­formed and bas­ing them­selves on what hap­pened in 2012 when its split led to the for­ma­tion of the Demo­cratic Congress (DC).

“The LCD was af­fected then sim­ply be­cause the DC suc­ceeded in tak­ing with it, all the struc­tures of the party. here we are talk­ing about prom­i­nent mem­bers of the then nec, in­clud­ing party leader Pakalitha Mo­sisili, youth and women’s leagues and we had to start afresh. But as for the RCL, less than 100 peo­ple have left the LCD for that party, which does not af­fect our prospects in the 28 Fe­bru­ary 2015 elec­tions at all.

“In-fact, in­stead of hav­ing a lead­er­ship cri­sis, the LCD is grow­ing strong with each pass­ing day be­cause our pri­mary elec­tions are go­ing on smoothly and we will be sub­mit­ting our list of can­di­dates be­fore the In­de­pen­dent elec­toral Com­mis­sion’s dead­line of 5 Jan­uary 2015.

“we are not yet through with the pri­maries but so far, can­di­dates for 68 of the 80 con­stituen­cies have been elected and con­firmed by the nec.”

on the other hand, Mr Mokhosi also ar­gued that if in­deed the LCD was fall­ing apart, it could not have suc­ceeded in build­ing its own sec­re­tariat near ‘Man­thabiseng Con­ven­tion Cen­tre.

“The party had failed to de­velop that site for years but un­der ntate Mets­ing’s lead­er­ship, that site has since been de­vel­oped and we are hav­ing our own of­fice build­ing there. The LCD now has cars and we can’t hon­estly say it is drown­ing,” Mr Mokhosi said.

Mean­while, Mr Mokhosi told the Le­sotho Times that the party’s nec was yet to de­cide if an elec­tive con­fer­ence would still take place in Jan­uary 2015.

“we are cur­rently very busy pre­par­ing for the up­com­ing gen­eral elec­tions, so I don’t know if the elec­tive con­fer­ence would pro­ceed as ini­tially sched­uled.”

Le­sotho goes to an early elec­tion fol­low­ing the dra­matic col­lapse of the coali­tion gov­ern­ment com­pris­ing the LCD, All Ba­sotho Con­ven­tion (ABC) and Ba­sotho na­tional Party (BNP), which came to power for a five-year term in June 2012.

how­ever, sharp dif­fer­ences be­tween Prime Min­is­ter and ABC leader Thomas Tha­bane and Mr Mets­ing, led to the col­lapse of the al­liance and the snap elec­tion.

LCD leader Mo­thetjoa Mets­ing.

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