Leuta on the warpath

. . . BNP sec­re­tary-gen­eral al­leges plot to side-line him

Lesotho Times - - News - Bongiwe Zih­langu

BA­SOTHO Na­tional Party (BNP) Sec­re­tary­Gen­eral (SG) Le­so­jane Leuta has launched a broad­side at the party’s act­ing Ex­ec­u­tive Sec­re­tary Tšeliso Le­senya, ac­cus­ing the lat­ter of un­der­min­ing him by per­form­ing du­ties be­yond his man­date.

Mr Leuta told the Le­sotho Times this week that Mr Le­senya had taken on du­ties un­der the purview of his of­fice and Deputy SG Miriam Ma­puru.

The po­si­tion of ex­ec­u­tive sec­re­tary was cre­ated dur­ing the BNP’S gen­eral con­fer­ence last year in Mo­hale’s Hoek.

Mr Le­senya took up the po­si­tion in an act­ing ca­pac­ity since June this year af­ter re­sign­ing as BNP youth league pres­i­dent for hav­ing ex­ceeded the manda­tory age limit of 36 years.

Mr Leuta said the “tak­ing over” of his of­fice’s re­spon­si­bil­i­ties was part of a de­lib­er­ate ploy to side-line him de­spite be­ing the le­git­i­mate of­fice bearer.

“I would like to point out that the es­tab­lish­ment of the sec­re­tar­iat, as en­vis­aged in the Mo­hale’s Hoek con­fer­ence res­o­lu­tions, was not to sup­plant the of­fice of the SG, but was in­tended to as­sist and im­prove the ef­fi­ciency and ef­fec­tive­ness of that of­fice,” Mr Leuta said.

“There are in­di­ca­tions that he (Mr Le­senya) con­sid­ers him­self se­nior to the deputy SG with the man­ner in which he con­ducts him­self. He even struc­tures doc­u­ments (e.g. a re­cently is­sued cir­cu­lar No. 9) to suit his own in­ter­ests.

“This kind of con­duct should not be al­lowed. What is be­ing done is a rad­i­cal de­par­ture from what the con­fer­ence had in­tended.”

Mr Leuta had since penned a let­ter dated Au­gust 31, which the Le­sotho Times’ man­aged to ob­tain, reg­is­ter­ing his dis­quiet over Mr Le­senya’s ap­point­ment.

Ti­tled “Im­pend­ing Ap­point­ment of Ex­ec­u­tive Sec­re­tary”, the cor­re­spon­dence was ad­dressed to, among oth­ers, BNP leader Th­e­sele ‘Maserib­ane, deputy leader Joang Mo­lapo, chairperson Nthabiseng Makoae and spokesper­son Mach­esetsa Mo­fo­mobe.

Part of the let­ter read: “I would like to make a few ob­ser­va­tions in re­gard to this mat­ter be­fore the party binds it­self to this ar­range­ment.

“For all in­tents and pur­poses, Mr Le­senya head-hunted him­self, or he was clan­des­tinely de­ployed to cre­ate a fait ac­com­pli sit­u­a­tion that party struc­tures would have dif­fi­culty deal­ing with.”

Mr Leuta went on to ques­tion Mr Le­senya’s cre­den­tials, stat­ing that he did not qual­ify for the post but was a ben­e­fi­ciary of nepo­tism. He ar­gued that “more de­serv­ing” can­di­dates were over­looked.

“It is strange that a prospec­tive ap­pointee was de­tailed to de­sign the terms of ref­er­ence for the job he had am­bi­tions for,” the SG charged. “The ad­ver­tise­ment, which was even­tu­ally never pub­lished, was tai­lor made by him to suit him.”

He ac­cused Mr Le­senya of col­lect­ing in­for­ma­tion from com­pa­nies and paras­tatals “for the best trap­pings and ben­e­fits that would be­fit him in his new po­si­tion”.

“How can we es­cape the ac­cu­sa­tion that the Na­tional Ex­ec­u­tive Com­mit­tee ( NEC) was dish­ing out a job to one of their own in dis­re­gard of all known tenets of fair play and trans­parency in re­cruit­ment?” Mr Leuta queried.

“When pro­fil­ing avail­able ap­pli­ca­tions in the of­fice, the anointed Mr Le­senya would prob­a­bly be ranked last in terms of abil­ity, ex­pe­ri­ence, ex­po­sure, cred­i­bil­ity and in­tegrity.

“That could ex­plain why he was spir­ited over oth­ers with­out any due process… In this case, nepo­tism may be sus­pected to have been at play.

“On th­ese grounds alone, I do not un­der­stand why this party mem­ber was sur­rep­ti­tiously drafted into the hith­erto un­for­malised po­si­tion, and hastily so.”

The let­ter goes on to urge the party hi­er­ar­chy to re­con­sider Mr Le­senya’s ap­point­ment, ar­gu­ing that there was a “gen­er­ally held view” by most in the rank and file of the BNP that Mr Le­senya “con­trib­uted to the de­cline of the BNPYL”.

“The anointed of­fice bearer presided over the de­cline of the BNPYL, to the point where it was be­com­ing dys­func­tional. The youth league is a cru­cible in which fu­ture lead­ers are groomed,” Mr Leuta said.

“The present BNP leader (Chief ‘ Maserib­ane) is of that mould and he has of­ten lamented the poor state of the struc­ture he gal­lantly led. Now, this il­lus­tri­ous struc­ture (BNPYL) of the party is not even a shadow of its former self.”

He said if the ap­point­ment went ahead, “it should be clear” that Mr Le­senya would be un­der his and Ms Ma­puru’s author­ity.

“He should not be­come some kind of sub­ter­ranean ‘of­fi­cer at large’ tak­ing in­struc­tions from peo­ple other than through the chain of com­mand in the ad­min­is­tra­tion of the of­fice,” Mr Leuta said.

“I am putting this down for the record in or­der to avoid any con­fu­sion or mis­un­der­stand­ing in the fu­ture.”

While Mr Leuta re­fused to di­vulge the names of Mr Le­senya’s back­ers in the NEC, a source at the BNP of­fice told the Le­sotho Times the SG be­lieved Chief ‘ Maserib­ane, Chief Mo­lapo, Dr Makoae and Mr Mo­fo­mobe were be­hind ef­forts to un­der­mine him.

Asked about how he re­lates with Chief ‘Maserib­ane, Mr Leuta ad­mit­ted there was ten- sion be­tween the two, adding that “we are not as close as we are sup­posed too be”.

“As Chief ‘ Maserib­ane’s SG, G, he and I are sup­posed to work closely but t that is not the case. I sus­pect there are peo­ple­ple out there who ped­dle lies about me, hence this ten­sion be­tween us,” said Mr Leuta.

“I have al­ways thought that hat our re­la­tions were well, but I learnt that was not the case when my name was ex­cluded from the party’s pro­por­tional rep­re­sen­ta­tion list in Jan­uary this year, be­cause some­body did not want me to go to par­lia­ment.”

Con­tacted for com­ment yes­ter­day, Chief ‘Maserib­ane — who is cur­rent­lyently in ex­ile in South Africa — re­ferred this s pa­per to Chief Mo­lapo.

In a text mes­sage re­spon­see to ques­tions posed by this pa­per, the BNP P deputy leader said Mr Leuta had de­niedd ever au­thor­ing a let­ter query­ing Mr Le­senya’sa’s ap­point­ment.

“I have just asked Mr Leuta uta and he says he knows noth­ing about such a let­ter,” Chief Mo­lapo said, de­spite thehe let­ter be­ing in the Le­sotho Times’ pos­ses­sion.

“I spoke to him about the ex­e­cux­ec­u­tive sec­re­tary po­si­tion and out­lined our think­ing on the mat­ter.tter. I made it clear that we are putting into op­er­a­tion a con­fer­rence res­o­lu­tion and that we e were not un­der­min­ing his con­sti­tu­tional of­fice.”

On his part, Mr Le­senya said while he did not want to speak ill of Mr Leuta be­cause of his se­nior­ity in the party, ““thethe at­tack bor­ders on the per­sonal”.”.

He said it de­fied logic that Mr Leuta’s had sin­gled him out when he was just a mem­ber of the BNP, adding that “this party is big­ger than any of us, he shouldn’t fo­cus on me un­less it’s per­sonal”.

Mr Le­senya said the SG should com­plain to the BNP NEC if he had a prob­lem with his ap­point­ment since “it was a col­lec­tive de­ci­sion made by the NEC and the work­ing com­mit­tee of the party”.

“Why is he com­plain­ing about my im­pend­ing ap­point­ment when he was part of the fo­rum that de­cided to ap­point me?” queried Mr Le­senya.

“But then again, how can he even ta­ble his con­cerns in the party when he has not been to any meet­ings of the NEC and work­ing com­mit­tee.”

On his al­leged in­com­pe­tence, Mr Le­senya said the SG was “cre­at­ing a moun­tain out of a mole­hill”, adding that “my cre­den­tials speak for them­selves”.

“I have worked tire­lessly for the BNP youth league and I am well versed in ad­min­is­tra­tion. I have two aca­demic de­grees and no one can dis­pute my con­tri­bu­tion to the party,” he said.

Mr Le­senya said even though he had not yet been con­firmed, Chief Mo­lapo had in­structed Mr Leuta to write a let­ter of ap­point­ment.

“Chief Mo­lapo ex­plic­itly told him to write my ap­point­ment let­ter but he has not done it. I think it is about time he fol­lowed the in­struc­tions of his su­pe­ri­ors,” Mr Le­senya said.

“He should not be a di­vi­sive fac­tor in the BNP at this crit­i­cal time. If the leader ac­cepts my ap­point­ment, who is he to ques­tion that?”

BNP Sec­re­tary-gen­eral Le­so­jane Leuta

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