‘RCL defections a non-event’
REFORMED Congress of Lesotho (RCL) Secretary-general ‘Mamolula Ntabe has scoffed at claims that the party was on the verge of collapse following the defection of several National Executive Committee (NEC) members.
Ms Ntabe told the Lesotho Times this week the RCL leadership was not losing sleep over the officials’ departure in February and March this year, as they had “failed to measure up” to the task of growing the party’s membership.
Former RCL Deputy Secretary-general Matšeliso Tuoane and Treasurer Ithuteng Monaheng joined the All Basotho Convention (ABC), while another official, Tebello Phangoa, joined the Lesotho Congress for Democracy (LCD).
According to Ms Ntabe, the trio jumped ship after falling foul of party regulations which required regular attendance of NEC meetings.
“Our constitution is very clear on the rule that NEC members must not absent themselves from committee sittings on more than three occasions without giving written reasons,” she said.
“My office wrote letters to them asking why they were not attending NEC meetings. Instead of giving their reasons, they decided to run away.
“However, Ms Tuoane’s issue was exceptional because she indicated before my office wrote to her that she had a lot of schoolwork on her plate and was unable to fulfil both roles.”
Ms Ntabe said Mr Phangoa’s absence “had not been felt” since his defection.
“Mr Phangoa was RCL leader Keketso Rantšo’s personal secretary when she was Labour and Employment minister and a member of the LCD. He used to help ‘m’e Keke on government matters, and not RCL issues. The party did not even feel the effect of his exit since he made no impact on the party,” she said.
Asked how many members the party had,