DC be­gins in­fight­ing probe

Lesotho Times - - News - Keiso Mohloboli

The Demo­cratic Congress (DC) was yes­ter­day ex­pected to be­gin prob­ing in­fight­ing within its Youth League.

The in­ves­ti­ga­tion is be­ing con­ducted by a Com­mis­sion of In­quiry led by Pub­lic Works Deputy Min­is­ter and DC Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment for Mat­sieng con­stituency, Mokhele Mo­let­sane.

Other mem­bers of the Com­mis­sion are Thabo Chele (Motim­poso con­stituency), Chembo Le­supi (Maama con­stituency), Moeketsi Shale (Mount Moorosi con­stituency), Tl­hokomelo Thibankhoe (Taung con­stituency), Mot­lalekhotso Matheso (Mekaling con­stituency), Bokang Moleko (Kha­fung con­stituency), Keneuoe Fal­ime (Qoal­ing), Rele­bo­hile Makhoebe (Berea con­stituency) and Pusetso Borotho (Tsikoane con­stituency).

Youth League Pres­i­dent Thuso Litjobo on Tues­day con­firmed the probe, which he said is ex­pected to take 90 days.

“The in­quiry will start to­mor­row with the regis­tra­tion of party mem­bers who want to tes­tify be­fore the Com­mis­sion.

“The pro­ceed­ings will be closed to the pub­lic and will be dealt with as an in­ter­nal party is­sue,” Mr Litjobo said.

Ac­cord­ing to Mr Litjobo, the Com­mis­sion’s terms of ref­er­ence in­clude prob­ing why congress sup­port­ers al­ways fight over who should lead the party and how this could be re­solved once and for all.

“The DC Youth League set-up this Com­mis­sion of In­quiry to deal with the in­fight­ing and come up with rec­om­men­da­tions not to pun­ish any­one but bring back unity, peace and sta­bil­ity within the party,” he said.

“It must be clear that the Com­mis­sion I am talk­ing about here was ap­pointed by the Youth League and is to­tally dif­fer­ent from the nine-mem­ber team se­lected by the Na­tional Ex­ec­u­tive Com­mit­tee to chair a meet­ing of 40 peo­ple to re­solve the same in­fight­ing.”

Mr Litjobo also said it had be­come “com­mon” that congress par­ties split when such con­flicts arise, hence the es­tab­lish­ment of the Com­mis­sion to avert such an even­tu­al­ity.

“In 1996, for ex­am­ple, the Ba­sotho Congress Party split and in 1997, the Le­sotho Congress for Democ­racy (LCD) was es­tab­lished for the same rea­son – in­fight­ing for the lead­er­ship po­si­tion.

“Then again in the run-up to the 2002 Na­tional As­sem­bly elec­tions, the same thing hap­pened, re­sult­ing in the for­ma­tion of the All Ba­sotho Con­ven­tion in 2006.

“Again, just be­fore the 2012 elec­tions, the DC was formed from the LCD for the same rea­son about who is the ap­pro­pri­ate can­di­date to take the po­si­tion of party leader. Once we don’t agree on a can­di­date, one of the feud­ing groups will def­i­nitely form a new party.

“Now the DC is go­ing through the same prob­lem and the ap­point­ment of the Com- mis­sion is sup­posed to be a dam­age-con­trol mech­a­nism, which should stop the party from split­ting.

“The Youth League is hop­ing there will be no such split be­fore the probe com­pletes its work within the next three months,” Mr Litjobo said.

Mr Litjobo would not be drawn to men­tion the names ‘Lithope’ and ‘Liru­rubele’, which are the two fac­tions in­volved in the vi­cious in­fight­ing and re­spec­tively back­ing party leader and Prime Min­is­ter Pakalitha Mo­sisili and the party’s deputy leader and Po­lice Min­is­ter Monyane Moleleki, pre­fer­ring to call them ‘Team A and Team B’.

“Team A is the fac­tion ac­cused by Team B of plot­ting to oust Dr Mo­sisili from the party lead­er­ship and re­place him with his deputy, Ntate Moleleki.

“Team B has an­nounced it­self that they want the party’s lead­er­ship to be taken by the Women’s League Pres­i­dent Dr ‘ Ma­tumelo Pon­tšo Seka­tle.

“But all these fac­tions must un­der­stand the in­fight­ing is un­nec­es­sary be­cause it is well known that when the leader de­cides to re­sign or go for re­tire­ment, the deputy will take-over the lead­er­ship.

“Then again, my ob­ser­va­tion is the two fac­tions don’t nec­es­sar­ily fight the leader as some peo­ple spec­u­late.

“The two groups are just scared of the team which will win the fight,” Mr Litjobo said.

DC Youth League Pres­i­dent Thuso Litjobo

DC MP for Mat­sieng con­stituency Mokhele Mo­let­sane.

DC Women’s League Pres­i­dent Dr Pon­tšo Seka­tle.

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