Mo­sisili warns DC of ‘ABC resur­gence’

Lesotho Times - - Front Page - Bereng Mpaki

DEMO­CRATIC Congress (DC) leader, Prime Min­is­ter Pakalitha Mo­sisili, has warned ri­val fac­tions they risked re­turn­ing the All Ba­sotho Con­ven­tion (ABC) to power if they scut­tled the coali­tion al­liance with the Le­sotho Congress for Democ­racy (LCD).

Ad­dress­ing a DC rally in ButhaButhe on Sun­day, Dr Mo­sisili said he “pitied” the party’s sup­port­ers be­cause their di­vi­sion was bring­ing the ABC closer to power.

“I pity you be­cause the ABC is go­ing to rule over you. And you will be run­ning hel­ter-skel­ter (from their wrath)! Let he who has ears hear!” he said.

The DC leader’s re­marks come in the wake of un­prece­dented in­fight­ing in the rul­ing party, with se­nior of­fi­cials aligned to op­pos­ing fac­tions trad­ing in­sults and threats.

Two fac­tions have emerged in the party, with Lithope (loosely trans­lated to girl­friends) linked to Dr Mo­sisili and Liru­rubele (but­ter­flies) linked to his deputy and Po­lice Min­is­ter Moleleki.

The party’s youth wing has been at the centre of the in­fight­ing. In May this year, DC Youth League leader Thuso Litjobo threat­ened to “ex­pose” Women’s League boss Dr ’Ma­tumelo Pon­tšo Seka­tle’s “per­sonal se­crets”, say­ing the Lo­cal Govern­ment min­is­ter was work­ing with “out­side forces” to de­stroy the party.

In July, Mr Litjobo and youth league Sec­re­tary-gen­eral Le­tuka Chafotsa, made sen­sa­tional al­le­ga­tions Fi­nance Min­is­ter Dr ’ Mam­phono Khaketla had at­tempted to so­licit a M4 mil­lion bribe from a joint ven­ture com­pany short­listed for a mul­ti­mil­lion-mal­oti ten­der to pro­vide ve­hi­cles and re­lated ser­vices to the govern­ment.

Dr Khaketla, who is also DC trea­surer, has since de­nied the al­le­ga­tions, and de­manded M6 mil­lion from Messrs Litjobo and Chafotsa as com­pen­sa­tion for the “defam­a­tory state­ments”.

Dr Mo­sisili said party mem­bers were “pompous” in con­tin­u­ing with the in­fight­ing de­spite only man­ag­ing to take back power through a seven-party coali­tion af­ter the snap 28 Fe­bru­ary 2015 gen­eral elec­tions.

The DC formed a coali­tion govern­ment with the LCD, Mare­mat­lou Free­dom Party (MFP), Ba­sotho Congress Party (BCP), Na­tional In­de­pen­dent Party (NIP), Le­sotho Peo­ple’s Congress (LPC) and Pop­u­lar Front for Democ­racy (PFD) af­ter the poll re­sulted in a hung par­lia­ment.

The DC won 47 of the 120 par­lia- men­tary seats on of­fer, while the LCD, PFD, BCP, LPC, MFP and NIP took 12, two, one, one, one and one seat re­spec­tively.

“My ques­tion to you is whether you won the elec­tions now that you are so pompous? You were elected back into govern­ment through very slim mar­gins in 2015.”

He warned the DC “not to make the same mis­take” the Thomas Tha­bane-led coali­tion made of frus­trat­ing the LCD out of govern­ment. The premier said “only a fool” would never learn from the mis­takes of those who walked be­fore them.

“The weak­ness of Ntate Tha­bane and his ABC was to fight the LCD which had made it pos­si­ble for them to form a coali­tion govern­ment. “That is what led to the col­lapse of his rule,” Dr Mo­sisili said.

“And we mocked them (ABC) for that. Yet to­day, we the DC are the ones show­ing the very same weak­ness. We are now de­spis­ing the party (LCD) that put us in power.”

He said the DC had the LCD to thank for be­ing in power.

“Even if the five other par­ties (in the coali­tion) could cob­ble their seats to­gether, they would not be enough to form a govern­ment with us if the LCD is not part of it. Let he who has ears hear!”

Dr Mo­sisili fur­ther warned the DC faith­ful to be wary of peo­ple “se­cretly try­ing” to turn them away from the party.

“Be­ware of their ut­ter­ances; whether they are in sup­port of the party or against it. When peo­ple se­cretly co­erce you with their slick talk, you should ask your­selves whether what they are say­ing is for or against the DC. Af­ter all, birds of the same feather flock to­gether!” he said.

I pity you be­cause the ABC is go­ing to rule over you. And you will be run­ning hel­terskel­ter (from their wrath)! Let he who has ears hear!

Prime Min­is­ter Pakalitha Mo­sisili AD­DRESSES A DC rally in this file pic­ture.

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