No more nationalist coalitions - LCD
The Lesotho Congress for Democracy (LCD) would “never again” form a coalition government with “nationalists”, according to the party’s Deputy Spokesperson, Selibe Mochoboroane.
Speaking at an LCD star rally held in Lepereng on Sunday, Mr Mochoboroane said the party had learnt a bitter lesson in the two years it was in power with the All Basotho Convention (ABC) and Basotho National Party (BNP).
Despite their ideological differences, the three parties still entered into an alliance in June 2012 to accumulate the minimum 62 parliamentary seats they needed to form a government.
however, Mr Mochoboroane told the massive rally that the marriage had been anything but happy, hence its collapse and an early election this coming Saturday.
“It is now very clear to us who we should work with after the upcoming elections,” Mr Mochoboroane told the thundering crowd. “We will only work with members of the Congress family from now on.
“We would rather be in the opposition than be with nationalists in government because the two years we worked with them have shown us that the relationship is not possible.
“We made a blunder and we will not repeat that mistake again.”
Mr Mochoboroane, who is going to stand for elections in ThabanaMorena constituency in Mafeteng District in the elections, added while unity remained paramount for Lesotho, the party had since realised that certain ideologies simply didn’t “mix”.
“This was very clear from the start; and it increasingly became clear that we could not work with the ABC and BNP, no-matter how hard we tried.
“If you vote the LCD into power on 28 February, we promise to find partners in the Congress movement only because at least, we understand each other from an ideological point of view.
“If we fail to do so, it would be better to be in the opposition than return to the partners we had in this coalition
LCD Deputy Spokesperson Selibe Mochoboroane