Lekhetho Nt­sukun­yane

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THE bat­tle for the con­trol of the Demo­cratic Congress (DC) has scaled new heights with the party’s Na­tional Ex­ec­u­tive Com­mit­tee (NEC) serv­ing no­tice on leader and Prime Min­is­ter Pakalitha Mo­sisili to at­tend a hear­ing this af­ter­noon to show cause why he should not be sus­pended for al­leged mis­con­duct.

The party is split into the Lithope (loosely trans­lated to mean girl­friends) and the Liru­rubele (but­ter­flies) fac­tions with the for­mer throw­ing its full weight be­hind Dr Mo­sisili while the lat­ter has crys­tallised around deputy leader Monyane Moleleki.

Last week, the DC’S NEC re­solved to with­draw from gov­ern­ment and pro­ceeded to in­struct its mem­bers in­clud­ing Dr Mo­sisili to re­sign from the seven-party coali­tion gov­ern­ment which they ac­cused of cor­rup­tion, nepo­tism and de­te­ri­o­rat­ing re­la­tions with de­vel­op­ment part­ners among other rea­sons.

In line with the NEC re­quest, Mr Moleleki, DC Sec­re­tary-gen­eral Ralechate ’Mokose, for­mer Law Min­is­ter Mokhele Mo­let­sane and for­mer Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Deputy Min­is­ter Kotiti Li­holo moved to the cross­bench to sig­nify their with­drawal from the gov­ern­ment.

In his re­sponse, Dr Mo­sisili upped the ante of the feud by call­ing for a spe­cial con­fer­ence sched­uled for 2-4 December 2016 to ef­fect “harsh, dis­ci­plinary mea­sures” on the NEC mem­bers.

But in another dra­matic turn of events, the NEC yes­ter­day wrote a scathing let­ter sum­mon­ing Dr Mo­sisili be­fore an “ur­gent sit­ting” of the com­mit­tee so he can show cause why should not be sus­pended from the party pend­ing his ap­pear­ance be­fore a dis­ci­plinary com­mit­tee.

Ac­cord­ing to the let­ter, which was signed by Mr ’Mokose, Dr Mo­sisili com­mit­ted a series of of­fences through state­ments that “un­der­mine and vi­o­late” the party con­sti­tu­tion and its struc­tures.

The let­ter reads: “This is to in­form you about an ur­gent sit­ting of the DC NEC sched­uled for Avani Le­sotho at 14:00 hours on 17 Novem­ber 2016. The ob­jec­tive of the meet­ing is to dis­cuss is­sues that ap­pear on the at­tached pro­gramme.”

The said pro­gramme shows two items on the agenda, namely the “be­hav­iour of the leader as a mem­ber ap­pointed to take re­spon­si­bil­ity to lead the DC in ac­cor­dance with terms pro­vided by the party in line with the DC Con­sti­tu­tion, which seems to com­prise prin­ci­ples of democ­racy; and the le­gal mea­sures that could be reached by the NEC in line with the DC Con­sti­tu­tion to pro­tect the party.”

The pro­gramme, Mr ’Mokose notes, was or­gan­ised by him­self “as the sec­re­tary-gen­eral in terms of pro­vi­sions of the DC Con­sti­tu­tion”.

“The pro­gramme is also or­gan­ised through guid­ance of the deputy leader of the DC (Mr Moleleki) be­cause is­sues to be dis­cussed con­cern you (Dr Mo­sisili) per­son­ally.”

The mis­sive states that it had come to the NEC’S at­ten­tion that Dr Mo­sisili had and “still con­tin­ues to do things and make state­ments in vi­o­la­tion of con­sti­tu­tion of the Demo­cratic Congress, and against the party NEC and its struc­tures”.

“The NEC in­tends putting you be­fore the Dis­ci­plinary Com­mit­tee in terms of the DC Con­sti­tu­tion con­cern­ing, among oth­ers, the fol­low­ing acts of mis­con­duct on your part:

l That you don’t han­dle some mat­ters in con­sul­ta­tion with some rel­e­vant struc­tures in the party in line with sec­tion 5.3.1 of the party con­sti­tu­tion.

For in­stance; your uni­lat­eral de­ci­sion to or­gan­ise and take part in a march meant to show sup-

port to the Prime Min­is­ter on 18 Septem­ber 2016 with­out con­sult­ing with some of the party struc­tures.

l That you passed no­tice about the party’s spe­cial con­fer­ence in terms of sec­tions 3.2.1 (c) and 5.3.1 (f) of the party con­sti­tu­tion with­out con­sul­ta­tion with the party sec­re­tary­gen­eral.

The no­tice pur­ports the spe­cial con­fer­ence is meant to in­sti­gate some dis­ci­plinary ac­tion against some of the NEC mem­bers with­out fol­low­ing rel­e­vant pro­ce­dures pro-

vided by the party con­sti­tu­tion in terms of sec­tion 5.3.1 (h).

l That you un­der­mined and de­fied a de­ci­sion by the NEC on 10 Novem­ber 2016, which di­rected with­drawal of the DC from the coali­tion gov­ern­ment of Le­sotho in terms of sec­tion 9(a) and (b) of the party con­sti­tu­tion.

l That you op­er­ate in di­rect vi­o­la­tion of the DC Con­sti­tu­tion, prin­ci­ples and ob­jec­tives of the DC. For in­stance, ac­tiv­i­ties and state-

ments you make which seem to be against fun­da­men­tals and poli­cies of the DC.

“You are, there­fore, given this op­por­tu­nity to show cause, if any, why the NEC can­not pro­ceed to sus­pend you.

“You are ex­pected to ap­pear be­fore the NEC to pro­vide your rea­sons dur­ing the ur­gent set­ting men­tioned above,” the let­ter states, adding that in the event that he was un­able to at­tend, Dr Mo­sisili should pro­vide rea­sons in writ­ing why he should not be sus- pended.

Mr ’Mokose yes­ter­day re­fused to com­ment on the let­ter, say­ing: “I can only con­firm that there is go­ing to be an ur­gent sit­ting of the NEC in the af­ter­noon to­mor­row.

We shall call a press con­fer­ence fol­low­ing the meet­ing to ex­plain what was dis­cussed in the meet­ing.”

Re­peated ef­forts to ob­tain com­ment from the DC spokesper­son and Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Min­is­ters Se­ri­a­long Qoo proved fruit­less as he said he was in a meet­ing.

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