‘RCL de­fec­tions a non-event’

Lesotho Times - - News - Keiso Mohloboli

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,

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