Ac­cused DC mem­ber slams Litjobo

Lesotho Times - - News - Billy Ntaote

ONE of the 13 Demo­cratic Congress (DC) mem­bers ac­cused of “sow­ing divi­sions” within the party has launched a scathing at­tack against his op­po­nents.

Te­boho Mothebe­soane on Tues­day told the Le­sotho Times that the claims by the party’s Youth League were “un­founded and base­less”.

Ac­cord­ing to a cir­cu­lar writ­ten by the league’s sec­re­tary, Le­tuka Chafotsa, dated 25 Septem­ber 2015, Mr Mothebe­soane, Mothebe­soane Makhothi, Ra­bele Makakole, Retha­bile (sur­name not given), Keneuoe Pal­ime, Lobe Moeletsi, Bokang Mo­tokoa, Mot­seko Mafan­tiri, Masilo The­bola, Khotso Lepholi, Mak­eresemese Letšoara, Rama­hooana Mat­losa and Tau Mat­lakala, “spread false ru­mours” of a rift be­tween party leader and Prime Min­is­ter Pakalitha Mo­sisili and his deputy Monyane Moleleki.

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 Moleleki.

“They do so by spread­ing false ru­mours and ac­cu­sa­tions that the deputy leader is fight­ing the leader.

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

How­ever, Mr Mothebe­soane said the ac­cu­sa­tions were not true and sought to tar­nish the im­ages of the 13 mem­bers. He also said all was not well within the DC as the party heads for an elec­tive con­fer­ence late next month.

Mr Mothebe­soane al­leged the Youth League was now be­ing used to vic­timise any­one op­pos­ing those push­ing for Dr Mo­sisili’s ouster from the party’s lead­er­ship post. Next month’s elec­tions would be for all the other po­si­tions save for party leader, which is only up for grabs in 2018.

Mr Mothebe­soane: “I am not a Youth League mem­ber any­more, as I’m now 43 years of age. How­ever, I felt obliged to lead a cam­paign that would counter claims by those who want to re­move our leader from of­fice.

“I felt it was my duty to make peo­ple abide by our party prin­ci­ples when­ever there is some­thing wrong.

“That is why I per­son­ally led those who are now ac­cused of caus­ing dishar­mony within the party.

“It should be clear that the claims made against us in that cir­cu­lar are un­founded.

“In fact, we went all out to cam­paign against what they were drum­ming in the ears of our mem­bers across the coun­try that dur­ing the youth elec­tions vot­ing against Litjobo is equal to fight­ing the deputy leader, Ntate Moleleki.

“This was a plan hatched to pre­pare for tak­ing over the party lead­er­ship and we have coun­tered their cam­paign, which is why they are ac­cus­ing us be­cause they have seen that our fac­tion has gained mo­men­tum.

“We went all out to cam­paign and alert our com­rades in the con­stituen­cies about the false pre­tences be­ing used to at­tract votes for Litjobo ahead of the Youth League elec­tive con­fer­ence.

“We knew that the in­ten­tion was to garner sup­port mainly for a clique that wants to re­move our leader force­fully af­ter win­ning next month’s elec­tive con­fer­ence.”

Mr Mothebe­soane also al­leged Mr Litjobo and the Youth League’s ac­cu­sa­tions were sup­ported by DC Mem­bers of Par­lia­ment un­happy that they were not ap­pointed min­is­ters when the party formed govern­ment along­side the Le­sotho Con- gress for Democ­racy, Pop­u­lar Front for Democ­racy, Le­sotho Peo­ple’s Congress, Ba­sotho Congress Party, Mare­mat­lou Free­dom Party and Na­tional In­de­pen­dent Party af­ter the 28 Fe­bru­ary 2015 snap elec­tions had re­sulted in a hung par­lia­ment.

“Af­ter be­ing elected, the league’s ex­ec­u­tive bluntly told us that Ntate Mo­sisili was in trou­ble as he had over­stayed his wel­come within the party as the leader.

“They were also say­ing he had served for too long as prime min­is­ter. But we dis­agreed with this as we be­lieve that we still need him be­cause we don’t see any­one suit­able to take over from him,” said Mr Mothebe­soane.

He also said a res­o­lu­tion was made at the party’s lead­er­ship con­fer­ence held on 10 Oc­to­ber this year that the Na­tional Ex­ec­u­tive Com­mit­tee should deal with al­le­ga­tions lev­elled against Mr Mothebe­soane and his group but noth­ing had been done to date.

“What is shock­ing is that we have never been called to any meet­ing about this mat­ter as the con­fer­ence re­solved.

“What is also of in­ter­est is that the group led by Litjobo and ad­vo­cat­ing for Ntate Moleleki to take over the party lead­er­ship af­ter Jan­uary’s con­fer­ence has been do­ing the same things we are ac­cused of do­ing and the worst part is that they were also us­ing so­cial me­dia to fur­ther their agenda for Dr Mo­sisili’s re­moval but they were never asked about it.

“We are shocked that Litjobo claims to have rep­ri­manded us. He is just show­ing his in­com­pe­tence as the lead­er­ship con­fer­ence gave a di­rec­tive that the claims against us should be ad­dressed.

“What tran­spired at this con­fer­ence where Litjobo claims to have rep­ri­manded some of us was that he was vent­ing his anger by be­lit­tling and bad­mouthing min­is­ters with ac­cu­sa­tions that they were work­ing be­hind our party lead­er­ship with the na­tion­al­ists.

“Litjobo should de­sist from mak­ing false ac­cu­sa­tions and come up with projects that will tackle poverty and hunger fac­ing our youths,” said Mothebe­soane.

Con­tacted for com­ment yes­ter­day, Mr Litjobo said he was not in­ter­ested in ar­gu­ing with Mr Mothebe­soane.

I am not a Youth League mem­ber any­more, as I’m now 43 years of age. How­ever, I felt obliged to lead a cam­paign that would counter claims by those who want to re­move our leader from of­fice. I felt it was my duty to make peo­ple abide by our party prin­ci­ples when­ever there is some­thing wrong

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