Litjobo sees red over Mosisili claims
DEMOCRATIC Congress (DC) Youth League President Thuso Litjobo has dismissed claims that he is the ringleader of a campaign to oust party leader Pakalitha Mosisili.
Some disgruntled DC youths told the Lesotho Times that Mr Litjobo and some members of his executive allegedly want Dr Mosisili (70) to retire and his deputy, Monyane Moleleki (64), to succeed him.
however, Mr Litjobo rubbished the allegations, adding disciplinary action was being taken against the culprits.
“We have since taken various disciplinary measures against these youths who are hell-bent on causing trouble between the party leader and his deputy,” Mr Litjobo told the Lesotho Times.
“We first gave them a verbal warning against spreading unfounded allegations that the deputy leader wants to overthrow Dr Mosisili after the party’s elective conference next month.
“But even after this verbal warning, which we issued at the Youth League’s elective conference (in August this year during which Mr Litjobo was elected president), they continued to go to various radio stations to peddle their false accusations.
“I then convened a meeting at Thamae Community hall where they were reprimanded for their actions. The party’s National exec- utive Committee also wrote a letter calling them to order but they continued to defy any attempt to have them raise their concerns through proper channels of the party.
“I cannot continue calling them to order because they seem determined to tarnish the image of the party and its leadership.
“I take it that these people are not serving the DC anymore or even the party leader they claim to be protecting because if they were, they would not have undermined his authority when he called them to order.”
According to Mr Litjobo, some of the youths were behind the problems which led to the split of the Lesotho Congress for Democracy (LCD) in February 2012. That split led to Dr Mosisili, who was LCD leader and prime minister at the time, forming the DC alongside some former LCD heavyweights. Although the DC could not garner the required majority parliamentary seats in the 26 May 2012 general election to remain in power, the midway collapse of the threeparty government led by Thomas Thabane, saw Dr Mosisili back at the helm in March this year. however, this time, the DC was no longer alone in power, but part of a seven-party coalition which also comprised the LCD, Popular Front for Democracy , Lesotho People’s Congress, Basotho Congress Party , Marematlou Freedom Party and National Independent Party.
But according to Mr Litjobo, the youths would not destabilise the DC under his watch.
came pariahs in the party, and we have been victimised at every turn since that election,” said one of the youths.
“We are now being accused of sowing divisions within the party and driving a wedge between Ntate Mosisili and his deputy, Ntate Moleleki. These are unfortunate accusations because the people making them fully know they are not true; the issue of divisions in the DC has been there for some time now and it has nothing to do with us. This is just an excuse to expel us from the party before next month’s elective conference. These people know that if we are not there at the conference, then the results will go in their favour and
“These people have declared war against me because they fear that hat DC members could be trusting me too much. And to bring me down,n, they are fabricating all sorts off lies about me; they are saying I’m fighting Dr Mosisili and also that Mokola (Police Minister Moleleki) is fighting our leader.ader. I don’t have any reasons too be fighting my leader,” he said. .
“These claims that we want to unseat the leader are oldd tactics used by people who wantnt to see him step down. These peopleeople normally begin their campaigns aigns by making false accusations against innocent people, the sameme way these youths are doing againstnst me.
“But they are just like unguidednguided missiles. Their intention iss to remove the deputy leader when en we go to the elective conference inn January. So what do they do? They come up with claims that would taint the image of Ntate Moleleoleleki just before the election.
“We are aware that thesese unguided missiles want to o win people’s sympathy soo that they can replace Ntate te Moleleki with a candidate of their choice come election time. me.
“We know they are beingg backed by some ministers who fear ar losing their jobs when the prime minister decides on a cabinet reshuffle. The ministers know that there are people who are better deserving of the posts, which is why they want to take over the leadership of the party. They want to do so at next year’s elective conference, which is why they are trying to drive a wedge
people who support Ntate Moleleki will be elected to the National executive Committee, paving the way for him to be leader in 2018.”
The youths also accused the party leadership of not protecting them in the face of such serious accusations.
“We are concerned that we have been ordered to stop speaking on radios about our grievances, but those who want to remove Ntate Mosisili as party leader have never been reprimanded despite using social network chat groups to further their cause.
“What is also worrying is that in all the forums where our issues are supposed to be addressed, we are only insulted and never given the between Dr Mosisili and Minister Moleleki.
“But we won’t let that happen for as long as we are in the party’s Youth League. And this certainly won’t happen when I am the leader of the Youth League; not under my watch,” fumed Mr Litjobo.
chance to raise our concerns,” said another disgruntled youth.
however, the party’s secretary general, Ralechate ‘Mokose, told the Lesotho Times that there were neither divisions within the DC nor an agenda to remove Dr Mosisili.
Mr ‘Mokose, who is also Water Affairs Minister, further said the party was “trying its best” to resolve grievances that arise in the run-up to such a crucial conference.
“When a party goes for such a huge task, there will always be conflict and never-ending grievances. however, what should be clear is that no party member wants to remove the leader; such claims are not only baseless but also malicious,” said Mr ‘Mokose.
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