No more na­tion­al­ist coali­tions - LCD

Lesotho Times - - Elections 2015 - Le­tuka Chafotsa

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

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