LPC hits out at a LCD

Lesotho Times - - Front Page - Pas­cali­nah Kabi and ’Ma­faraele Mohloboli

THE Le­sotho Congress for Democ­racy (LCD) has been ac­cused of or­ches­trat­ing a plan to desta­bilise and swal­low the Le­sotho Peo­ple’s Congress (LPC), one of the smaller par­ties in the seven party coali­tion gov­ern­ment.

LPC youth league leader Te­lang Mpole launched a blis­ter­ing at­tack on the LCD this week and urged the party of Deputy Prime Min­is­ter Mo­thetjoa Mets­ing to de­sist from med­dling in the LPC’S in­ter­nal af­fairs.

The LPC is riven by lead­er­ship bat­tles and the party has split into two dis­tinct fac­tions with one claim­ing So­cial De­vel­op­ment Min­is­ter Mo­lahlehi Let­lotlo was no longer leader of the party. The lead­er­ship bat­tles in the LPC spilled into the courts with the case set to be heard on 5 Septem­ber 2015 in the High Court.

Mr Mpole said it was in­creas­ingly be­com­ing ev­i­dent the LCD was or­ches­trat­ing a plan to swal­low his party. He ac­cused the LCD’S of­fi­cial spokes­men of go­ing to ra­dio sta­tions to make un­founded state­ments against the LCP.

“On June 13, Mr Te­boho Sekata and Mr Apesi Ratšele re­spec­tively spokesper­son and deputy spokesper­son of the LCD, were in­vited to one of the lo­cal ra­dio sta­tions,” he said.

“While there, they started mak­ing state­ments which amounted to med­dling in the in­ter­nal is­sues of the LPC.”

He said this “mis­con­duct” by the LCD spokes­men had prompted the LPC ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee to write to the LCD ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee ask­ing them to ex­plain the state­ments made by their of­fi­cial spokes­men against the LPC.

He said the let­ter was copied to all the seven par­ties form­ing the coali­tion gov­ern­ment.

Mr Mpole said the fact the LCD had not both­ered to re­spond to the let­ter proved its con­tempt for the LPC, adding the party of Mr Mets­ing was hell bent on re­duc­ing the LPC to ashes so it could re­build its sup­port base from the mem­ber­ship of the LPC.

“We are fully aware the LCD is work­ing hard to swal­low the LPC into its struc­tures and we will not al­low that. The LCD spokesper­son and deputy spokesper­son had no busi­ness in mak­ing the state­ments they made on ra­dio and read­ing what they claimed to be a court judge­ment that Ntate Mo­lahlehi Let­lotlo was no longer the LPC leader,” he said.

“We are in a coali­tion gov­ern­ment with the LCD but we are not jointly own­ing and run­ning LPC with LCD. They must stop med­dling in our in­ter­nal af­fairs.”

Mr Mpole added: “There have been sug­ges­tions that even if we were to pull out of the coali­tion gov­ern­ment, LPC’S one par­lia­men­tary seat wouldn’t make much of a dif­fer­ence be­cause the gov­ern­ment would still have 64 seats. Such at­ti­tudes are never help­ful in en­hanc­ing any coali­tion process.”

LPC deputy youth league leader Tšeliso Motanyane ac­cused the LCD ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee of un­leash­ing Messrs Sekata and Ratšele as at­tack dogs in ef­forts to de­stroy the LPC.

“The fact that the LCD ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee have not both­ered to re­spond to our ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee’s own let­ter and the fact that they (the LCD) have not at­tempted to dis­tance them­selves from state­ments made by their spokesper­sons against the LPC is proof that the en­tire LCD ma­trix is work­ing to­wards de­stroy­ing the LPC. They want to swal­low us into their party…….,” Mr Motanyane said.

Mr Sekata, on the other hand, de­nied all al­le­ga­tions lev­elled against him by LPC cadres telling the Le­sotho Times “they are just bad mouthing me. I never read any judg­ment like they are claim­ing….. I only dealt with points of law in the LPC judge­ment that’s still re­served for Septem­ber, and I only did that to clar­ify what they had said about me med­dling in their is­sues.”

“I am not med­dling in their is­sues at all and shall not as I have no in­ter­est in that. They just want to pick a fight…this only con­firms that they are crack­ing as a party….. gath­er­ing the pieces won’t be easy for them.”

The feud be­tween the LPC and the LCD is largely seen as in­con­se­quen­tial be­cause the LPC hasn’t got much sway due to its very lim­ited pres­ence in Par­lia­ment. It nev­er­the­less may be­gin to sow seeds of fu­ture dis­unity in the coali­tion now in its sec­ond year of ex­is­tence.

LCD spokesper­son Te­boho Sekata.

LPC leader Mo­lahlehi Let­lotlo.

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