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Lesotho Times - - Front Page - Billy Ntaote

Dis­grun­tled Demo­cratic Congress (DC) mem­bers con­tinue to defy party or­ders not to air their griev­ances through the me­dia.

Party sec­re­tary gen­eral, ralechate ‘Mokose, last week warned dis­ci­plinary ac­tion would be taken against those who defy this di­rec­tive but this has not de­terred the irate mem­bers.

One such mem­ber is the youth league’s for­mer deputy chair­per­son rama­hooana Mat­losa, who told the Le­sotho Times that the or­der was “a cal­cu­lated move” to pro­tect a fac­tion push­ing for the re­moval of party leader, Pakalitha Mo­sisili, and his re­place­ment by his deputy, Monyane Moleleki.

Mr Mat­losa added the fac­tion wants Dr Mo­sisili out be­fore his term ex­pires in 2018.

But Mr Mat­losa said he was among those sup­port­ing the prime min­is­ter, adding al­le­ga­tions that the DC grass­roots were no longer happy with Dr Mo­sisili were “fic­ti­tious claims con­cocted by (youth league leader) thuso litjobo and his co­horts”.

“We have al­ways been con­sis­tent that the group wants to un­seat the leader be­fore his term ex­pires so that Ntate Moleleki can take over the lead­er­ship of the party.

they want to be re­warded with min­is­te­rial po­si­tions once Ntate Moleleki is in power,” Mr Mat­losa said this week.

“Mem­bers of this fac­tion showed that they were not happy when the Prime Min­is­ter ap­pointed min­is­ters last year and they were not part of the cab­i­net.

“Due to frus­tra­tion, they were also seen court­ing the op­po­si­tion All Ba­sotho Con­ven­tion with a view to en­ter­ing into an al­liance with them, and form­ing gov­ern­ment.

they had ear­lier dis­missed those claims, but when Ntate Mo­sisili spoke openly about it at the party’s elec­tive in Jan­uary this year, ntate Moleleki later ad­mit­ted he had in­deed been ap­proached by ABC mem­bers but re­fused their over­tures.”

Mr Mat­losa fur­ther said the fac­tion had now tar­geted Women’s league Pres­i­dent Dr Pon­tšo seka­tle.

“litjobo sees Dr seka­tle as a threat to his agenda of un­seat­ing our leader and he has since launched a di­rect at­tack against her. He has also ac­cused her of sow­ing di­vi­sions within the party which is un­founded and un­true,” Mr Mat­losa said.

“litjobo and youth league spokesper­son lem­phane Maliehe have also falsely claimed that there are peo­ple at grass­roots level who are not happy with Ntate Mo­sisili’s lead­er­ship when in ac­tual fact, they were the ones dis­sat­is­fied and push­ing for his ouster.”

He also ques­tioned the mo­tive of the gag or­der is­sued by Mr ‘Mokose, who is also the min­is­ter of wa­ter af­fairs.

“We did not start the cam­paign to go to ra­dio sta­tions and level ac­cu­sa­tions at the party leader, but litjobo and his spokesper­son, Maliehe did.

“they re­vealed their agenda and told us that they don’t want Ntate Mo­si­sisli any­more.

“now they want to stop any­body who has dif­fer­ent views. the no­tice by the sec­re­tary gen­eral is cal­cu­lated to stop us from coun­ter­ing lit- jobo’s false ac­cu­sa­tions that peo­ple at the grass­roots have lost their con­fi­dence in the party leader,” said Mr Mat­losa.

How­ever, he vowed there was no go­ing back on the cam­paign to “pro­tect” Dr Mo­sisili.

“it should be clear that it’s not true that the grass­roots are not happy with Dr Mo­sisili’s lead­er­ship.

“if they want to chal­lenge him for the party lead­er­ship, they should call a spe­cial con­fer­ence as they have all the pow­ers to do so, and openly con­test against Ntate Mo­sisili,” Mr Mat­losa said.

Asked to com­ment on Mr Mat­losa’s al­le­ga­tions, Mr litjobo said he could not talk about the mat­ter as the sec­re­tary gen­eral had barred party mem­bers from dis­cussing party mem­bers in the me­dia.

Mr litjobo how­ever in­di­cated the is­sue would be dis­cussed at the youth league’s con­fer­ence to be held in Maseru on satur­day.

On the other hand, Mr ‘ Mokose told the Le­sotho Times he was aware of party mem­bers who con­tinue to defy his or­der and had al­ready taken “the first steps” to­wards in­sti­tut­ing dis­ci­plinary ac­tion against them.

“the let­ter i is­sued last week was the last warn­ing. that no­tice was meant to in­form those who are tar­nish­ing the party’s im­age that they should stop in­sult­ing each other on ra­dios and mak­ing false ac­cu­sa­tions against the party lead­er­ship,” Mr ‘Mokose said.

“they should also stop drag­ging our lead­ers’ names through the mud over these un­founded ac­cu­sa­tions or else they will face harsh dis­ci­plinary mea­sures.

“But af­ter is­su­ing that no­tice, i have learned that some of the party mem­bers con­tinue to defy it. i have since se­cured record­ings of ra­dio pro­grammes they were mak­ing these al­le­ga­tions on and like i said, dis­ci­plinary mea­sures will be taken against them.”

DC leader Pakalitha Mo­sisili (left) and his deputy Monyane Moleleki at a rally in this file pic­ture.

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