DC names group ‘sow­ing divi­sions’ in party

Lesotho Times - - News - Billy Ntaote

The Demo­cratic Congress Youth League has ac­cused 13 of its mem­bers of “sow­ing divi­sions” within the party. The league says the youths are “spread­ing ru­mours” of dishar­mony be­tween party leader Pakalitha Mo­sisili and his deputy, Monyane Moleleki, to “cre­ate con­fu­sion” in the or­gan­i­sa­tion.

Ac­cord­ing to a cir­cu­lar writ­ten by the league’s sec­re­tary, Le­tuka Chafotsa, dated 25 Septem­ber 2015, the 13 mem­bers are Te­boho Mothebe­soane, Makhothi Mothebe­soane, Mangaliso Makakole, Retha­bile (sur­name not given), Keneuoe Pal­ime, Lobe Moeletsi, Bokang Mo­tokoa, Mot­seko Mafan­tiri, Masilo The­bola, Khotso Lepholi, Mak­eresemese Letšoara, Rama­hooana Mat­losa and Tau Mat­lakala. None of the ac­cused hold ex­ec­u­tive po­si­tions in the League but some of them con­tested the Au­gust 2015 elec­tions, which brought in a new com­mit­tee led by Thuso Litjobo.

The cir­cu­lar reads in part: “The Youth League ex­ec­u­tive Com­mit­tee is deeply dis­turbed by the ac­tiv­i­ties of cer­tain mem­bers of the party who con­tra­vene pro­ce­dures for en­ter­ing con­stituen­cies, with the in­ten­tion of sow­ing divi­sions be­tween the leader, Dr Mo­sisili and his deputy, Min­is­ter Monyane Moleleki. They do so by spread­ing false ru­mours and ac­cu­sa­tions that the deputy leader, Min­is­ter Moleleki, is fight­ing the leader, Dr Mo­sisili.

“(Be­fore the Au­gust elec­tions) th­ese peo­ple were de­ceiv­ing party youths that if they elected Mr Litjobo as pres­i­dent, they would be fight­ing the party leader, as Mr Litjobo is fight­ing Dr Mo­sisili.

“Th­ese mem­bers, Te­boho Mothebe­soane, Makhothi Mothebe­soane, Mangaliso Makakole, Retha­bile, Keneuoe Pal­ime, Lobe Moeletsi, Bokang Mo­tokoa, Mot­seko Mafan­tiri, Masilo The­bola, Khotso Lepholi, Mak­eresemese Letšoara, Rama­hooana Mat­losa and Tau Mat­lakala, are spread­ing th­ese false ac­cu­sa­tions to taint and de­fame many peo­ple.

“The fol­low­ing are some of the ve­hi­cles they used in their mis­sion to di­vide the party: Ve­hi­cle reg­is­tra­tion Y4067 of the For­eign Affairs Min­istry, XDM35 be­long­ing to the Deputy Min­is­ter of home Affairs, XDM37 be­long­ing to the Deputy Min­is­ter of Youth and Sports, Y4816 of the Min­istry of Sports, a red Golf4 owned by Mot­seko Mafan­tiri of Koro-koro con­stituency and a Black Toy­ota Noah ve­hi­cle.”

Mr Cha­futsa would not shed light on what would hap­pen to the 12 mem­bers, telling the Le­sotho Times the is­sue was “an in­ter­nal party mat­ter” that had noth­ing to do with the me­dia.

how­ever, ac­cord­ing to some of the youths who spoke to the Le­sotho Times on con­di­tion of anonymity for fear of vic­tim­i­sa­tion, the ac­cu­sa­tions were meant to “si­lence us” and en­sure there is over­whelm-

ing sup­port for Mr Moleleki at the party’s elec­tive con­fer­ence sched­uled for the end of next month.

All the posts, save for that of party leader, would be up-for-grabs and who­ever is elected deputy leader stands a good chance of even­tu­ally tak­ing over from Dr Mo­sisili, who is also prime min­is­ter. Party in­sid­ers told the Le­sotho Times that Dr Mo­sisili might not seek re­elec­tion when his term ex­pires in 2018.

“There are sev­eral of us be­ing ac­cused of be­ing trou­ble­mak­ers be­cause when the Youth League went for elec­tions in Au­gust, we were cam­paign­ing for Mpa­baleng Mot­jet­jepa to be pres­i­dent. When he lost to Thuso Litjobo, we be-

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