Knives out for ‘Maserib­ane, Mo­lapo

Lesotho Times - - News - Billy Ntaote

Ba­sotho Na­tional Party ( BNP) leader th­e­sele ‘ Maserib­ane and his deputy, Joang Mo­lapo, face a tough bat­tle to re­tain their po­si­tions at the up­com­ing elec­tive con­fer­ence af­ter it emerged a fac­tion led by an in­flu­en­tial party mem­ber is push­ing for their ouster.

the BNP is set to hold the con­fer­ence from 29 april to 1 May in Maseru dur­ing which the party would choose a new Na­tional Ex­ec­u­tive Com­mit­tee (NEC).

Chief ‘ Maserib­ane was nom­i­nated BNP leader in March 2011 for a five-year term while the rest of the NEC mem­bers were elected in 2014 for two-year terms.

how­ever, ac­cord­ing to BNP in­sid­ers, the fac­tion would tar­get Chief Mo­lapo in the elec­tion and once it suc­ceeds, then pass a vote-of-no-con­fi­dence in Chief ‘Maserib­ane.

ac­cord­ing to the sources, Chief ‘ Maserib­ane’s po­si­tion would not be con­tested since he can­not take part in the vote as he is liv­ing in ex­ile in south africa, but once his “fac­tion” led by Chief Mo­lapo is de­feated, then he would be booted out of of­fice.

Party chair­per­son Dr Nthabiseng Makoae and spokesper­son Mach­esetsa Mo­fo­mobe are among those said to be in the ‘ Maserib­ane “camp”. Both were not im­me­di­ately avail­able

for com­ment and nei­ther was Chief ‘Maserib­ane.

the Le­sotho Times has since been in­formed the elec­tive con­fer­ence should have been held last month but was post­poned due to the Easter hol­i­day. It was then set for 8 to 10 april but had to be post­poned again to 29

April-1 May due to un­spec­i­fied rea­sons.

Chief Mo­lapo this week told the Le­sotho Times he was not wor­ried about the elec­tion as the BNP is a “demo­cratic or­ga­ni­za­tion” in which mem­bers have the right to chal­lenge for any po­si­tion.

“All the po­si­tions in the party are up-for-

grabs in this com­ing elec­tion so peo­ple are free to con­test be­cause the BNP is a demo­cratic or­ga­ni­za­tion,” Chief Mo­lapo said.

how­ever, Chief Mo­lapo said he be­lieved he re­mained pop­u­lar “to all mem­bers of the party who have the best in­ter­est of the BNP at heart”.

BNP leader Th­e­sele ‘Maserib­ane.

BNP deputy leader Joang Mo­lapo.

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