LPC faces split

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mem­bers, and in­sult­ing the LPC’S found­ing leader, Ad­vo­cate Kele­bone Maope, among other al­leged trans­gres­sions.

How­ever, Mr Let­lotlo has since de­nied the al­le­ga­tions, say­ing they were part of at­tempts by his ri­vals to oust him from the helm of the party.

Mr Let­lotlo told the Le­sotho Times this week that he and his sup­port­ers were “left with no choice” but to re­lo­cate to an­other build­ing in Maseru af­ter the NEC locked them out of the party head­quar­ters at Manonyane Build­ing.

“When­ever I called for meet­ings at the party of­fices, we would find the doors locked and the locks changed. They also pre­vented the Le­sotho Lib­er­a­tion Army Veter­ans As­so­ci­a­tion’s from us­ing their of­fice af­ter chang­ing their locks for some un­known rea- son,” he said.

Mr Let­lotlo said he had taken with him the party’s stamp and let­ter­head, since he was lead­ing the “au­then­tic” LPC.

“That fac­tion does not have the lo­cus standi (right or ca­pac­ity) to keep the party’s stamp and let­ter­head. I wrote them let­ters of sus­pen­sion and they did not re­spond,” he said.

“Since they gra­ciously ac­cepted their sus­pen­sions by not re­spond­ing to my cor­re­spon­dence, I am now in full con­trol of the party.”

The min­is­ter said the four-mem­ber team tasked by Dr Mo­sisili last Novem­ber to me­di­ate in the LPC squab­bles had failed to unite the war­ring par­ties. The team com­prised Demo­cratic Congress Sec­re­taryGen­eral Ralechate ‘Mokose, Le­sotho Con- gress for Democ­racy deputy leader Tšeliso Mokhosi, Ba­sotho Batho Demo­cratic Party leader Jere­mane Ra­math­e­bane and a mem­ber of the Mare­mat­lou Free­dom Party.

“That team failed to end the stand­off, and I have been left with no choice but to re­lo­cate from our party of­fices,” said Mr Let­lotlo.

How­ever, the party’s Sec­re­tary-gen­eral, Moipone Piet, also told this pa­per that they locked the of­fice doors to pre­vent Mr Let­lotlo from hold­ing meet­ings with “bo­gus” NEC mem­bers.

“Ntate Let­lotlo wanted to hold meet­ings with peo­ple who are not le­git­i­mate NEC mem­bers. There was no rea­son for bo­gus NEC mem­bers to hold meet­ings there,” Ms Piet said.

She con­firmed that Mr Let­lotlo’s fac­tion had taken the party stamp and let­ter­head.

“They took the party stamp and let­ter­head to their of­fice. It’s shock­ing that they de­cided to grab ob­jects that are sup­posed to be in the cus­tody of the sec­re­tary-gen­eral,” she said.

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