RCL promises Basotho a mother’s touch
the new kid on the political block, Reformed Congress of Lesotho (RCL), has promised to nurture Basotho and take care of their every need, just as a mother does to her child, should the party become government after saturday’s general elections.
speaking at the RCL’S star rally on sunday, party leader Keketso Rantšo said if elected, Bolekana, as the party is popularly known, would carry the wishes of the people to parliament and ensure they deliver on their mandate.
the rally, which attracted close to a thousand supporters adorned in the party’s green and black regalia, was also attended by representatives from the southern african Development Community (sadc) observer Mission with the Lesotho Mounted Police service (LMPS) providing security.
also in attendance was RCL deputy leader, Motloheloa Phooko, secretary General ‘Mamulula Ntabe and her deputy Motšelisi tuoane, among other party officials. Ms Ntabe and Ms Tuoane are among the 23 female candidates the party has fielded to contest in the country’s 80 constituencies.
a beaming Ms Rantšo lauded party supporters for turning out in their numbers at the rally “despite the RCL having been formed only two months ago”.“my heart is filled with happiness on this day which are celebrating as RCL members because it reflects a new beginning,” said Ms Rantšo, who is also Labour and Employment minister.
“the RCL is only a two-month old baby who is still under the warm and caring hands of a mother. We all know the role every mother plays in raising a child, and I also stand before you as a loving mother who will take care of your needs.
“Know from today that you have a loving parent in the Rcl.”she added that an RCL government would bring to book those found guilty of misappropriating government coffers and ensure taxpayers’ money is protected by strengthening the Directorate of Corruption and Economic offences (DCEO) to fulfil its mandate of fighting corruption and economic offenses.
In an apparent swipe at Lesotho Congress for Democracy (LCD) leader, Mothetjoa Metsing, Ms Rantšo slated the Local Government ministry, which the deputy premier heads, for service delivery failures. “Local Government has not been performing well despite taxpayers’ money being used to run the department. our government will ensure taxpayers’ hard-earned money is protected and work with the DCEO to ensure thieves are brought to book,” she said.
Ms Rantšo was suspended as LCD secretary general in February last year after a bitter powerstruggle with the party’s leader Mr Metsing.
she subsequently left the party, along with other disgruntled members including Dr Phooko, to from the RCL whose elective conference was held on 19 December 2014.
Ms Rantšo said she had noted with surprise Mr Metsing’s support for the court case in which attorney General tšokolo Makhethe is suing King Letsie III for last month’s appointment of King’s Counsel (KC) Kananelo Mosito as Court of appeal president.
“We urge political figures to refrain from roping the King in their political fights especially Metsing and Makhethe who have dragged our king to the courts of law. our King should not be brought to the courts,” she said.