LPC feud deep­ens

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Le­sotho Peo­ple’s Congress (LPC) leader, Mo­lahlehi Let­lotlo, has dis­missed claims that he had formed a new party due to a bit­ter power-strug­gle within the or­gan­i­sa­tion.

Mr Let­lotlo fur­ther de­nied al­le­ga­tions by party spokesper­son, Bokang Ra­matšella, that a fac­tion led by the so­cial De­vel­op­ment min­is­ter, had since va­cated the LPC of­fice at Manonyane Build­ing “be­cause they lost the fight”.

In fact, Mr Let­lotlo told the Le­sotho Times that Mr Ra­matšella was not even the LPC spokesper­son be­cause he had al­legedly been sus­pended by the party’s Na­tional ex­ec­u­tive Com­mit­tee (NEC).

In an ear­lier in­ter­view with the Le­sotho Times, Mr Ra­matšella al­leged Mr Let­lotlo “and his team” were about to form a splin­ter party and had al­ready opened an of­fice in Maseru “be­cause they were dis­grun­tled and stranded af­ter los­ing the fight”, for the con­trol of the party.

he fur­ther said Mr Let­lotlo’s de­ci­sion to sus­pend him, as well as seven other NEC mem­bers, was un­con­sti­tu­tional and had since been over­turned.

how­ever, ac­cord­ing to Mr Let­lotlo, the de­ci­sion to sus­pend Mr Ra­matšella for al­leged mis­con­duct was reached in oc­to­ber last year.

the min­is­ter said Mr Ra­matšella was al­legedly found to have breached the LPC’S con­sti­tu­tion by mak­ing him­self avail­able for the Le­sotho Congress for Democ­racy (LCD) pro­por­tional rep­re­sen­ta­tion list of par­lia­men­tar­i­ans ahead of the 28 Fe­bru­ary 2015 snap elec­tion.

“this was a le­git­i­mate de­ci­sion taken by the NEC in oc­to­ber 2015. shortly af­ter Ra­matšella’s sus­pen­sion, the NEC fur­ther sus­pended sec­re­tary-gen­eral Moipone Piet for tak­ing Ra­matšella’s side when­ever the NEC met af­ter his sus­pen­sion, in­sist­ing the NEC de­ci­sion should be re­scinded, among other is­sues,” the min­is­ter said.

the six other NEC mem­bers, ac­cord­ing to Mr Let­lotlo, were sus­pended in Jan­uary this year “af­ter we be­came aware that they were hold­ing se­cret meet­ings with the sus­pended Ra­matšella and Piet, and sym­pa­this­ing with them. Worst, they ended as­sum­ing they were the le­git­i­mate NEC and started is­su­ing let­ters against my de­ci­sion and that of the real NEC”.

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dis­missed Mr Ra­matšella’s ar­gu­ment that his fac­tion of the NEC could not con­sti­tute a quo­rum, and was there­fore not in a po­si­tion to make bind­ing de­ci­sions, point­ing out there were two ad­di­tional mem­bers of the com­mit­tee on his side “namely the two rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the youth and women’s league”.

LPC na­tional chair­per­son, Ma­bala Maqelepo, who is sid­ing with Mr Let­lotlo in the in­fight­ing, added they de­cided to leave the party’s of­fice af­ter Mr Ra­matšella and his fac­tion “broke their way in and con­fis­cated the party’s equip­ment”.

he con­tin­ued: “the rea­son why we left is not be­cause we are form­ing a new party. We just wanted to leave that of­fice be­cause we no­ticed it was be­ing dam­aged by Ntate Ra­matšella and his team.

“that build­ing does not be­long to us, so we don’t want to be caught up in the middle when the land­lord even­tu­ally comes. so we might have left the of­fice, but we re­main the le­git­i­mate LPC NEC.”

Mean­while, the feud­ing ex­ec­u­tives told the Le­sotho Times that the LPC would be hold­ing elec­tions this week­end.

how­ever, the elec­tive con­fer­ences are set for dif­fer­ent venues with the Mr Let­lotlo fac­tion meet­ing in Ma­site, Rothe from 27 to 28 Fe­bru­ary while the Ra­matšella fac­tion hold­ing their gath­er­ing at Le­sotho Co-op Col­lege.

Mr Let­lotlo said the Ma­site con­fer­ence would, apart from elect­ing the new NEC, also de­ter­mine the fate of Mr Ra­matšella and his team “within the LPC struc­tures”.

the LPC formed a coali­tion govern­ment with the Demo­cratic Congress, Le­sotho Congress for Democ­racy, Pop­u­lar Front for Democ­racy, Ba­sotho Congress Party, Mare­mat­lou Free­dom Party and Na­tional In­de­pen­dent Party af­ter the 28 Fe­bru­ary 2016 par­lia­men­tary elec­tions had re­sulted in a hung par­lia­ment.

the party was then given the so­cial De­vel­op­ment min­istry when the al­liance shared the var­i­ous govern­ment de­part­ments. l See Mr Ra­matšella’s in­ter­view on Page 22.

LPC leader Mo­lahlehi Let­lotlo.

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