RCL ‘raring to go for polls’
REFORMED Congress of Lesotho (RCL) leader, Keketso Rantšo, has blamed “selfish” politicians for the country’s current instability and vowed to restore Lesotho’s “dignity” should her party be voted into power later this month.
Addressing about 2 000 party supporters in Mafeteng on Sunday, Ms Rantšo said the 28 February 2015 parliamentary elections would not have taken place had it not been for politicians who she said did not care about the people.
Ms Rantšo further told the gathering the RCL was ready for the poll despite being less than two months old.
The RCL, which mostly comprises former Lesotho Congress for Democracy (LCD) members, is set to field candidates in all the 80 constituencies up for grabs — a sign that the party had enough supporters to pose a serious threat come 28 February, Ms Rantšo added.
“The problems that we currently face as a country are due to selfish and arrogant politicians who only think about themselves and not the country and Basotho at large,” said Ms Rantšo, who is also the Minister of Labour and Employment.
“Politicians are elected by the nation to deliver essential services and care about development. But we have seen some who don’t care about anybody but their own welfare and accumulating wealth at the expense of the electorate.
“That is why when they are asked to declare their assets and business interests as required by the law, they cannot do it.
“And the big question is: If the assets were acquired legally, why should declaring their source be such a big problem?
“Why should it be so difficult to say this is what I own, and this is how I acquired the properties?”
Ms Rantšo also urged the people of Mafeteng and Lesotho at large to make “wise decisions” by voting for the RCL “because once in government, we are going to make sure our country returns to normalcy” and the peace it had been renowned and budgets for their projects,” Ms Rantšo said.
The Employment and Labour minister also said government should afford the private sector a “conducive environment” for it to contribute to the country’s economic growth.
She added: “Regarding workers, there should be a fund for those in the private sector. The fund must be supported by both the employer and workers, while government also contributes to it.
“But as we speak, security guards, domestic workers, factory employees and others are suffering when they reach retirement age because they go home without any pension packages even though they would have worked all their lives.”
Ms Rantšo also promised to establish independent district municipalities once the RCL is in power.
“We have the necessary strategy to make sure Lesotho not only returns to stability but also realises economic growth. That is why you should vote wisely on 28 February and by this I mean choosing an RCL candidate in your respective constituencies.”
On her part, RCL Secretary General, ‘Mamolula Ntabe said she was proud that in less than two months, Bolekana, as the RCL is popularly known, had grown to “such promising levels”.
Welcoming close to 200 new supporters who said they had defected from the LCD, Ms Ntabe said: “We left the LCD because of poor leadership and we are happy that others are following suit in their pursuit of freedom and the truth.
“Not so long ago, the LCD leadership was laughing at us saying the RCL only had 100 supporters. So if this is true, how come we have managed to field candidates in all the 80 constituencies in the upcoming elections?
“The LCD leaders are so frustrated because we have managed to attract more supporters to our rallies than they have, yet we are new and their party has been in existence for so long. Our party, the RCL, is going to grow and surprise those who thought we didn’t exist,” she said.
From left: RCL deputy leader motloheloa Phooko, party leader Keketso rantšo and Secretary-general ‘mamolula Ntabe.