DC to hold cri­sis meet­ing

Lesotho Times - - News - Billy Ntaote

The Demo­cratic Congress (DC) is set to hold a cri­sis meet­ing today to de­cide the fate of the youth league whose in­fight­ing is threat­en­ing to split the party.

Party in­sid­ers who spoke to the Le­sotho Times in con­fi­dence said the league is likely to be sus­pended or com­pletely dis­banded while dis­ci­plinary ac­tion is taken against some of its mem­bers for al­legedly bring­ing the party into dis­re­pute.

But the sources also warned such ac­tion could plunge the party into chaos as the two fac­tions be­ing backed by the war­ring youths would not al­low their pro­tégés to be pun­ished.

Ac­cord­ing to the in­sid­ers, the youths have been split into two fac­tions — one sup­port­ing party leader Dr Pakalitha Mo­sisili and the other his deputy, Monyane Moleleki.

But it was Youth League Pres­i­dent Thuso Litjobo’s per­sonal at­tack of his Women’s League coun­ter­part, Dr Pon­tšo Seka­tle, last week­end (see story on page 4), which is said to have prompted the party’s Na- tional ex­ec­u­tive Com­mit­tee to act.

DC spokesper­son Se­ri­a­long Qoo yes­ter­day con­firmed today’s meet­ing which he said would also be at­tended by Prime Min­is­ter Dr Mo­sisili.

The prime min­is­ter is ex­pected to an­nounce the party’s de­ci­sion af­ter the meet­ing, Mr Qoo said.

“An emer­gency meet­ing has been called by the lead­er­ship in an ef­fort to steer party af­fairs in the right di­rec­tion. We have learned there are dis­sat­is­fied Youth League mem­bers and we are go­ing to be ad­dress­ing their con­cerns.

“As far as we are con­cerned, we con­tinue to func­tion as one united party but some mem­bers have been mak­ing in­sin­u­a­tions in the media and we want to deal with their is­sues and find out ex­actly what is go­ing on.

“The meet­ing will be at­tended by the Youth League leader and Women’s League Pres­i­dent, who will be rep­re­sent­ing their mem­bers,” said Mr Qoo.

how­ever, Mr Qoo in­sisted there are no fac­tions in the DC and that the party was very sta­ble.

“I don’t know about fac­tions which are al­leged to ex­ist within our party. We still owe our al­le­giance to one party and we are loyal mem­bers who have con­fi­dence in our leader, Dr Pakalitha Mo­sisili and his deputy Monyane Moleleki”.

Asked to com­ment on the is­sue, Mr Moleleki said he would is­sue a state­ment on the mat­ter today, while re­peated at­tempts to get a com­ment from Dr Seka­tle were un­suc­cess­ful.

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