Litjobo threat­ens to ‘ex­pose’ Seka­tle

Lesotho Times - - News - Billy Ntaote

Demo­cratic congress (Dc) Youth League leader thuso Litjobo has threat­ened to “ex­pose” Dr Pon­tšo Seka­tle’s “per­sonal se­crets” if the Women’s League Pres­i­dent “con­tin­ues sow­ing di­vi­sions” within the party.

mr Litjobo made the threat in his open­ing speech at the League’s ninth district con­fer­ence held on Satur­day night in maseru as the in­fight­ing in the DC reached un­prece­dented lev­els.

He also ac­cused Dr Seka­tle of de­spis­ing the party’s deputy leader monyane moleleki, which he said was “the root cause” of the in­ter­nal strife which is threat­en­ing to split the Dc.

mr Litjobo fur­ther claimed he had been re­li­ably in­formed that Dr Seka­tle, who is also Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment and chief­tain­ship af­fairs min­is­ter, was al­legedly plan­ning to de­fect to the Le­sotho congress for Democ­racy to­gether with four other min­is­ters.

“i should not be here to call ‘Me’ Pon­tšo to order but her ha­tred for our deputy leader has gone too far; it started a long time ago when we were still part of the LCD (be­fore the DC was of­fi­cially launched in Fe­bru­ary 2012).

“When we failed to form gov­ern­ment af­ter the 26 May 2012 gen­eral elec­tions and we were rel­e­gated to the op­po­si­tion, her ha­tred was am­pli­fied. Our leader (Prime Min­is­ter Pakalitha mo­sisili) de­cided to ap­point his deputy the of­fi­cial leader of the op­po­si­tion in par­lia­ment but ‘Me’ Pon­tšo protested against this be­cause she wanted the po­si­tion for her­self.”

mr Litjobo went on to call for Dr Seka­tle’s re­moval from the lead­er­ship of the party’s Women’s League.

“She is not fit to be this party’s Women’s League pres­i­dent. When Ntate moleleki was fight­ing for his life and bedrid­den (with can­cer) in Bloem­fontein, ‘Me’ Pon­tšo ac­cused him of be­ing pre­oc­cu­pied with ap­point­ing min­is­ters in­stead of sym­pa­this­ing with him,” he said.

mr Litjobo also said he learnt from “re­li­able sources” that Dr Seka­tle wanted LCD leader and Deputy Prime min­is­ter, mo­thetjoa mets­ing, to suc­ceed Dr mo­sisili when he re­tires as premier.

mr Litjobo con­tin­ued his at­tack: “Do you know you’re work­ing this hard and hav­ing sleep­less nights but you are serv­ing the in­ter­ests of the LCD? You are work­ing this hard so that the LCD leader can be prime min­is­ter.”

mr Litjobo fur­ther told the con­fer­ence that Dr Seka­tle had now con­firmed what he thought was mere gos­sip spread by the op­po­si­tion to cre­ate con­fu­sion in the Dc.

“our women’s league Pres­i­dent told a rally that when Ntate mo­sisili steps down, Ntate mets­ing would take over the premier­ship.

“But we dis­agree; we can­not be cheated by the LCD. We did not en­ter into this coali­tion gov­ern­ment to be led by the LCD. the coali­tion agree­ment is clear that the Prime min­is­ter would come from the Dc while the Deputy Prime min­is­ter comes from the LCD,” said mr Litjobo.

mr Litjobo also claimed his sources told him that Dr Seka­tle, to­gether with five other min­is­ters, al­legedly ap­proached Dr mo­sisili ask­ing him to help them de­fect to the LCD.

“i want to give you a tip-off. it is al­leged that af­ter our na­tional ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee’s elec­tion (in Jan­uary this year), ‘Me’ Pon­tšo and four other min­is­ters, went to meet the Prime min­is­ter.

“We learnt that they feared since their peo­ple had lost the Youth League elec­tions, they would even­tu­ally be fired as min­is­ters if Ntate moleleki be­came prime min­is­ter. they claimed those who had won the elec­tions were Ntate Moleleki’s loy­al­ists and would in­flu­ence him to fire them.”

mr Litjobo then urged Dc mem­bers not to vote for Dr Seka­tle again.

“When the women’s league elec­tive con­fer­ence comes, you should not re-elect her. Her main agenda is fu­el­ing di­vi­sions within the party and not our growth.”

Mr Litjobo added: “The first coali­tion gov­ern­ment led by Ntate thomas tha­bane col­lapsed be­cause af­ter the ex­piry of his first 18 months in of­fice, which qual­i­fied him to be pen­sion­able, he dis­obeyed the coali­tion’s found­ing agree­ment and said his ad­min­is­tra­tion was gov­erned ac­cord­ing to the coun­try’s con­sti­tu­tion only.

“He said the coali­tion agree­ment was just a gen­tle­man’s agree­ment but we can­not do what he did and dis­obey the coali­tion agree­ment.

“it is un­for­tu­nate that even though the coali­tion agree­ment is clear who should be Prime min­is­ter, ‘Me’ Pon­tšo says when Ntate mo­sisili steps down, Ntate mets­ing should be the one to take over.

“maybe by the time our leader steps down, the LCD would be the party with the high­est num­ber seats in par­lia­ment, be­cause that is the only thing that can make that hap­pen.

“i urge all Dc mem­bers to work for the party and be pre­pared to die for this party. Peo­ple who want to de­fect to the LCD are say­ing if Ntate moleleki be­comes prime min­is­ter, he would fire them from their cab­i­net po­si­tions.

“But we can­not be de­ceived into hav­ing a Prime min­is­ter ap­pointed for us; a Prime min­is­ter should be elected in Par­lia­ment and in line with the coali­tion gov­ern­ment agree­ment.

“the Women’s League pres­i­dent says she and her sup­port­ers would now be wear­ing the pre­dom­i­nantly green and black colours of the Dc and not the red colours of our party, which be­trays their in­ten­tion to re­turn to the LCD.

“Ntate moleleki was at­tacked at his home by known mem­bers of the LCD (2006). He was shot and his case later be­came a mock­ery as it was said he shot him­self with a knife. those peo­ple who said this ended leav­ing the LCD.

But we are today told to sym­pa­thize with mets­ing today be­cause his home was shot (in 2008) at while hold­ing his new­born.

“i pray for moleleki to have good health. it’s un­for­tu­nate that ‘Me’ Pon­tšo has made un­for­tu­nate state­ments against us and Ntate moleleki.

“But i hope she won’t re­peat what she has been do­ing, or else we will go per­sonal and re­veal her per­sonal se­crets”.

mr Litjobo also told the youths to re­main de­fi­ant re­gard­ing the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the South­ern african Devel­op­ment com­mu­nity (SADC) Com­mis­sion of In­quiry rec­om­men­da­tions. among the rec­om­men­da­tions was the dis­missal of army com­man­der Lieu­tenant-gen­eral tlali Kamoli.

“they can­not just be im­ple­mented with­out due dili­gence be­ing ob­served by our gov­ern­ment. When it comes to the op­po­si­tion call for Lieu­tenant-gen­eral Kamoli to step down, we won’t com­pro­mise and al­low it to hap­pen.”

re­peated ef­forts to get Dr Seka­tle’s com­ment, which in­cluded vis­it­ing her of­fice, were fruit­less this week, as she con­tin­u­ously said she could not talk be­cause she was in a meet­ing.

Women’s League Pres­i­dent Dr Pon­tšo seka­tle.

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