DC preaches unity

Lesotho Times - - News - Billy Ntaote

Demo­cratic congress (Dc) deputy leader, monyane moleleki, has warned party youths against fac­tion­al­ism and urged them to unite and shame their de­trac­tors.

mr moleleki made the re­marks on Sun­day as the Dc Youth League held its end-of-year cel­e­bra­tions and also marked World aids Day through var­i­ous ac­tiv­i­ties at Pitso Ground in maseru.

re­ports sug­gest some Dc mem­bers want party leader Pakalitha mo­sisili (70) to re­tire and pave way for new blood.

How­ever, mr moleleki said the Dc should al­ways re­main united and sup­port the prime min­is­ter in his lead­er­ship of the party.

“our leader is Ntate Pakalitha who is out of the coun­try at­tend­ing a com­mon­wealth sum­mit in malta. He will be ar­riv­ing in South africa on 1 De­cem­ber for a china-africa sum­mit which ends on 6 De­cem­ber.

“When our leader ar­rives af­ter the meet­ing in South africa, we should go to the air­port and wel­come him back into the coun­try in huge num­bers.

“if we do that, we will show the pub­lic who our leader is and there won’t be need to squab­ble over who the leader of the Dc is,” said mr moleleki.

the po­lice min­is­ter also em­pha­sised the need for “or­der and unity” when the Dc elects a new lead­er­ship in Jan­uary next year. all posts would be up-for-grabs save for party leader.

“We should at­tend this con­fer­ence with good in­ten­tions,” mr moleleki said. “our en­e­mies are hop­ing that we are go­ing to be di­vided when go to this con­fer­ence. We should shame those prophets of doom who want our party to col­lapse. We should pro­tect the Dc as it is the big­gest party in Le­sotho and which has Ba­sotho’s in­ter­ests at heart.”

mr moleleki also said

it was pleas­ing to see the Dc con­tinue to grow through de­fec­tions from ri­val political par­ties.

the min­is­ter how­ever, warned this growth could be threat­ened should there be fac­tions in the party.

talk­ing about next year’s Lo­cal Govern­ment elec­tions, mr moleleki said the Dc should make a clean sweep to en­sure the op­po­si­tion does not cre­ate a par­al­lel ad­min­is­tra­tion.

“We are go­ing for very crit­i­cal elec­tions which are even more im­por­tant than those for par­lia­ment.

“th­ese are elec­tions for coun­cil­lors who bring ser­vices to our doorsteps. that govern­ment should be un­der the lead­er­ship of the Dc, just like the cen­tral govern­ment is un­der the lead­er­ship of the Dc.

“and it should be your re­spon­si­bil­ity to make sure you go out there and tell the peo­ple why they should vote for Dc can­di­dates in th­ese elec­tions.

“We need to win them so that we don’t find our­selves in a dilemma whereby the cen­tral govern­ment would be led by your leader, Dr mo­sisili and the lo­cal govern­ment is in the hands of op­po­si­tion par­ties.

“We should work flat-out to make sure coun­cils are un­der the con­trol of the Dc and the Dc only.

“if the lo­cal govern­ment and cen­tral govern­ment are op­posed to one an­other, it be­comes im­pos­si­ble to de­liver ser­vices to the grass­roots. if that mis­take hap­pens, we are go­ing to be in trou­ble as a coun­try. We should strengthen our party to en­sure we win th­ese lo­cal govern­ment elec­tions oth­er­wise we are go­ing to be sab­o­taged as cen­tral govern­ment.”

Youth League Pres­i­dent, thuso Litjobo, also re­it­er­ated the need for unity within the Dc which leads a seven-party coali­tion govern­ment.

“my plea to you is that your mes­sages should be good mes­sages that put the in­ter­ests of the party ahead of ev­ery­thing else. Your mes­sages should be about pro­tect­ing the Dc as a party.

“You’re the foot-sol­diers of the Dc and you will fight vi­cious wars on be­half of this party. How­ever, your fight­ing should be against your political en­e­mies and not among your­selves,” said mr Litjobo.

“This should be the first and last time i rep­ri­mand you as party and youth league mem­bers over such ar­gu­ments, which bring the Dc into dis­re­pute. i hope you have aban­doned those ill-con­ceived ideas.

“Party mem­bers, let’s have mercy on this or­gan­i­sa­tion. Let’s have mercy on our leader and let’s have mercy on our deputy leader be­cause the Dc has your best in­ter­ests at heart. You should work for the peace of the party; you should work for the unity of the party and its growth as an or­gan­i­sa­tion.”

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