...as party elects youth league executive
RETŠELISITSOE Lesale was elected inaugural Reformed Congress of Lesotho (RCL) Youth League president at the party’s elective conference held in Maseru on Sunday.
A further 12 officials were elected to various positions in the party’s 13-member youth league executive committee.
Mr Lesale told the Lesotho Times the executive would work hard to garner support for the RCL as well as address grievances raised by party youths.
“We are all former members of the Lesotho Congress for Democracy (LCD) and experienced in campaigning for support as we are not new to politics,” Mr Lesale said.
“Our major role is strengthening the Ms Ntabe said she could only give an accurate figure at the end of the year “as stipulated in the RCL constitution”. She, however, insisted the party was growing in leaps and bounds since its formation in December 2014.
“I can assure you that every weekend, during our rallies, we register new members joining from other parties and I have seen by mere observation of the turn up at out rallies that RCL is growing,” Ms Ntabe said.
“The RCL was only two months old when it competed in the general elections last year, but it received more than 6 000 votes and subsequently got two proportional representation seats in the National Assembly. We have not stopped campaigning for the party and hopefully, we would have grown by the time of the next elections.”
RCL deputy leader, Dr Motloheloa Phooko, also said the party was still intact and would be holding first-anniversary activities to celebrate its founding and growth.
“We would not be here if the RCL was collapsing and we would not be celebrating,” he RCL at grassroots and we believe the youth league will be the best platform for addressing grievances affecting the party. We also urge the party to speedily address issues raised by our members.”
Mr Lesale also said the party remained very strong despite the recent departure of some officials who joined fellow opposition parties, the LCD and All Basotho Convention.
“We remain a very strong party. Our election to the executive shows the party is growing and appreciates the need to have structures to adequately address issues and avoid incidents that result in the youths leaving the RCL,” Mr Lesale said.
Mr Lesale also claimed the committee’s election was attended by 102 youths who
Meanwhile, Ms Tuoane insisted the RCL was “crumbling” and defended her contributions to the party.
“I don’t know how Ms Ntabe measures the growth or decline of a party, but the RCL has lost a lot of members within a short period of time. I don’t think Ms Ntabe is fair to herself, the party and to myself by saying my exit was a non-event. I am proud of my contributions that enabled the RCL to get 119 votes in the Senqu constituency in the February 2015 general elections,” she said.
Ms Tuoane further said the RCL gained 90 votes from the Khubetsoana constituency where she contested the elections, adding: “I’m sure I left a very big gap in the RCL despite claims that I was useless.
“I refuse to be dragged into cheap and petty politics. There were so many irregularities in the administration of the party but due to professionalism and ethics, I just left without pointing fingers at anyone.”
Also contacted for comment, Mr Monaheng had defected from the country’s larger parties.
“We are the only congress party in the opposition and indeed, the best option for any disgruntled member of congress parties in government,” Mr Lesale said.
Full RCL Youth League executive President - Retšelisitsoe Lesale; Deputy President - Ntsane Bohloko; Secretary - Tlalane Nkeli; Treasurer - Lebohang Ramaekane; Chairperson - Teboho Fokase; Deputy Secretary - Lisebo Au; Deputy Chairperson - Molahlehi Molahlehi; Spokesperson - Tanki Maoela; Deputy Spokesperson - Fusi Koeshe; Members - Vuyani Mavuso, Makhau Fantisi, Maleboaao Pitso, Khutlang Molelekoa.
said he was shocked by Ms Ntabe’s claims that he had failed to make any meaningful contribution to the RCL.
“I am one of the founding members of the RCL, and it is a pity that today I am being considered a useless member. They let me be treasurer for a year and only found me useless after my departure.
“For the sake of the dignity of the party and my good image, I wouldn’t want to spill the beans on what exactly made me leave because it can destroy the RCL,” Mr Monaheng said, adding he had not joined any other party.
On his part, Mr Kaaka suggested he would not be losing sleep over Ms Ntabe’s claims.
“It is her opinion that I did not add any value to the RCL and I am not going to argue with her. There is a lot I could reveal but since I am no longer a member, I am not interested in what they have to say about me after my departure.”
Efforts to speak to Mr Phangoa to hear his side of the story were fruitless as he was not reachable on his phone.