RCL prom­ises Ba­sotho a mother’s touch

Lesotho Times - - Elections 2015 - Retha­bile Pitso

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.

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