DC names group ‘sowing divisions’ in party
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-