...as party elects youth league ex­ec­u­tive

Lesotho Times - - News - Billy Ntaote

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

said.

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.

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