Mo­sisili faces sus­pen­sion

Mo­sisili faces sus­pen­sion

Lesotho Times - - Front Page - Billy Ntaote

DEMO­CRATIC Congress (DC) leader, Prime Min­is­ter Pakalitha Mo­sisili, has called for an emer­gency party con­fer­ence as he seeks to undo the Na­tional Ex­ec­u­tive Com­mit­tee’s (NEC) de­ci­sion to pull out of the coali­tion gov­ern­ment.

In a sign the DC leader is not tak­ing the un­prece­dented chal­lenge to his rule ly­ing down, Dr Mo­sisili says he in­tends to take “harsh, dis­ci­plinary mea­sures” on the NEC for its de­ci­sions that are “danger­ous to the party”.

How­ever, Dr Mo­sisili’s ri­val and DC deputy leader Monyane Moleleki has de­scribed the move as “out of order”, call­ing on the premier to ex­plain him­self to the NEC today or risk sus­pen­sion.

This comes af­ter the NEC, which has aligned it­self with Mr Moleleki, last Thurs­day pulled out of the seven-party gov­ern­ing coali­tion.

Among the rea­sons the DC NEC cited for the with­drawal was the coali­tion gov­ern­ment’s al­leged fail­ure to unite the po­lit­i­cal­ly­po­larised na­tion, cor­rup­tion, nepo­tism and de­te­ri­o­rat­ing re­la­tions with de­vel­op­ment part­ners. The NEC, which is the DC’S supreme de­ci­sion mak­ing body be­tween con­fer­ences, also called for the for­ma­tion of a new “all-in­clu­sive gov­ern­ment” in­clud­ing par­ties in both the gov­ern­ment and op­po­si­tion.

Mr Moleleki and four other min­is­ters and deputies re­signed from gov­ern­ment the next day, say­ing they were heed­ing the NEC’S call to with­draw from the coali­tion.

The min­is­ters who re­signed are DC Sec­re­tary-gen­eral Ralechate ’ Mokose (Forestry and Land Recla­ma­tion), Pub­lic Works and Trans­port Deputy Min­is­ter ’ Man­thabiseng Phohleli, Law, Con­sti­tu­tion and Hu­man Rights Min­is­ter Mokhele Mo­let­sane, and Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Deputy Min­is­ter Kotiti Li­holo.

Mr Moleleki, Mr ’ Mokose, Mr Mo­let­sane and Mr Li­holo also moved to the Na­tional Assem­bly’s cross­bench last Fri­day to sig­nify their with­drawal from the gov­ern­ment.

How­ever, Dr Mo­sisili, who had all the while been ret­i­cent on the de­vel­op­ments, fi­nally spoke his mind in a fiery no­tice to the DC’S grass­roots struc­tures.

Dated 14 Novem­ber 2016, the no­tice slates the con­fer­ence to 2 – 4 December this year at the ’Man­thabiseng Na­tional Con­ven­tion Cen­tre.

Part of the no­tice reads: “Ac­cord­ing to sec­tion 3.2.1 of our party con­sti­tu­tion, a spe­cial gen­eral con­fer­ence of the party will be called by a de­ci­sion taken by the fol­low­ing pro­ce­dures on their own ac­count: gen­eral con­fer­ence, lead­er­ship con­fer­ence, leader of the party, Na­tional Ex­ec­u­tive Com­mit­tee and it shall be called with the in­struc­tion of 10 con­stituen­cies.”

Dr Mo­sisili out­lines his pow­ers and du­ties as en­cap­su­lated in the DC con­sti­tu­tion.

“The main func­tions of the DC leader as pro­vided for in 5.3.1 (a), (f) (k) are to serve and to pro­tect the im­age of the party; call a spe­cial gen­eral con­fer­ence when he deems it nec­es­sary, es­pe­cially when the party is in cri­sis; and to su­per­vise the func­tion of the na­tional ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee and its mem­bers in gen­eral.

“Align­ing my­self with the sec­tions 3.2.1 (C) and 5.3.1 (a) (f) and (k), which I have quoted above, I have made a de­ci­sion to call a spe­cial gen­eral con­fer­ence of our party DC.”

Re­scind­ing the NEC’S de­ci­sion to pull out of gov­ern­ment, he says, will rank high on the con­fer­ence’s agenda.

“The im­por­tant is­sue that this con­fer­ence is con­vened to eval­u­ate is to re­scind the ac­tions of other mem­bers of the NEC, which ac­cord­ing to my think­ing has put our party DC in cri­sis. It is also meant to take harsh dis­ci­plinary mea­sures against the NEC on its de­ci­sions that are danger­ous to the party,” notes Dr Mo­sisili.

“These are ac­tions that taint the im­age of the party in the pol­i­tics of Le­sotho, our coali­tion gov­ern­ment part­ners and to the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity.”

The DC leader says the NEC usurped his pow­ers and “acted in a man­ner that jeop­ar­dised the in­tegrity of the party” on two counts.

“One of the un­for­tu­nate de­ci­sions the mem­bers of the NEC made was with­draw­ing the DC from the seven-party coali­tion gov­ern­ment at a press con­fer­ence held on 10 Novem­ber 2016.”

Dr Mo­sisili also takes par­tic­u­lar um­brage with Mr ’Mokose for dis­as­so­ci­at­ing the DC from a march held by coali­tion sup­port­ers to show “full sol­i­dar­ity” with the premier and his gov­ern­ment in Septem­ber this year.

He also takes is­sue with the NEC’S de­ci­sion to sup­port Mr ’Mokose’s re­marks.

“A sec­ond ex­am­ple is a press con­fer­ence where some mem­bers of the NEC an­nounced their sup­port for the sec­re­tary-gen­eral (Mr ’Mokose), af­ter he acted be­yond the man­date of the same NEC or con­sent of the leader by an­nounc­ing on ra­dio sta­tions that the DC does not sup­port a march show­ing con­fi­dence in the prime min­is­ter and the seven-party coali­tion gov­ern­ment.”

Dr Mo­sisili fur­therur­ther states the “finer de­tails” of the charges rges he in­tends to lay on the NEC mem­bers ers would be re­vealed at the con­fer­ence. e.

“As the re­spon­si­bil­ity nsi­bil­ity of the leader is, among oth­ers, rs, to work for and pro­tect the name me of the party in line with sec­tion 5.3.1 3.1 (a) and to over­see the func­tions of the NEC in line with sec­tion 5.3.1 (k), , I am duty bound to ap­peal for the spe­cial pe­cial gen­eral con­fer­ence.

“It is the one that hat will me­di­ate, dis­ci­pline, in­ter­vene and res­cue the DC from the NEC, of whichch I am the chair­per­son.

“Lastly, I re­mind mind you about the com­po­si­tion of the spe­ciale­cial gen­eral con­fer­ence. It is reg­u­lated by sec­tion 3.2.4 of the party con­sti­tu­tion that at pro­vides that ‘Del­e­ga­tions to this s con­fer­ence shall be con­sti­tuted by del­e­gates of the past gen­er­al­neral con­fer­ence that pre­cedese­cedes the year of the con­fer­ence, and the ap­point­ment of such ch a del­e­ga­tion shall l be com­pleted at least east a week be­fore the con­fer­ence’.

“This means that the num­ber of del­e­gates at the conon­fer­ence should be equal to the delel­e­ga­tion of the past ast party gen­eral conon­fer­ence that was held in Jan­uary ary 2016. Again, this his means the ap­point­ment of the he del­e­ga­tion should uld have been com­pleted by 26 Novem­ber. You should alise the im- por­tance of cor­rectly prepar­ing for this con­fer­ence, and mak­ing all prepa­ra­tions in peace.”

Com­ment­ing on the no­tice, DC spokesper­son, Se­ri­a­long Qoo, said Dr Mo­sisili called for the con­fer­ence af­ter re­al­is­ing that “some peo­ple wanted to hold the party at ran­som”.

He said it was “shock­ing” that peo­ple elected to ad­min­is­ter the af­fairs of the party to­gether with Dr Mo­sisili were now mak­ing de­ci­sions with­out his input.

“It is sur­pris­ing that DC Sec­re­tary-gen­eral Ralechate ‘Mokose went to meet Ntate Mo­sisili and re­quested an emer­gency meet­ing for which he failed to sub­stan­ti­ate. That’s when they (NEC) an­nounced that the DC had with­drawn from the gov­ern­ment,” Mr Qoo said, adding the prepa­ra­tions for the spe­cial con­fer­ence would be man­aged by Dr Mo­sisili him­self.

For his part, Mr Moleleki said the NEC re­solved to give Dr Mo­sisili a fair hear­ing today so he could “show cause” why he should not be sus­pended.

“The NEC is the face of the party. It is not only the le­gal face of the party but the pro­ce­dural, ad­min­is­tra­tive and con­sti­tu­tional face of the party,” he said in an in­ter­view with this pa­per.

“That no­tice is out of order! We have served him with a let­ter to come and make rep­re­sen­ta­tions to us to­mor­row (today). Mr Moleleki added: “We have given him more than 24 hours to come and ex­plain him­self and show us cause why we should not take dis­ci­plinary ac­tion against him, be­cause he is not above the party.”

“He (Dr Mo­sisili) can­not just is­sue cir­cu­lars be­sides or out­side of the NEC. He is to­tally out of order.”

PRIME Min­is­ter Pakalitha Mo­sisili

PRIME Min­is­ter Pakalitha Mo­sisili.

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