RCL ‘rar­ing to go for polls’

Lesotho Times - - Elections 2015 - Keiso Mohloboli

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.

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