Fight for soul of the DC

Lesotho Times - - Opin­ion -

This tug of war be­tween these two group­ings within DC is there­fore in­evitable when tak­ing into ac­count the fol­low­ing de­ter­min­ing fac­tors.

First, the DC as party that is about four years old has carved a niche for it­self in the po­lit­i­cal land­scape of Le­sotho among its com­peti­tors. As proof of this niche, roughly half the vote cast in the last gen­eral elec­tion went to the DC, which is a con­sid­er­able achieve­ment by any stan­dards.

Sec­ond, the DC has a well-es­tab­lished party ma­chin­ery and struc­tures that span across the length and breadth of Le­sotho and in every nook and cranny. These are the var­i­ous struc­tures and com­mit­tees that op­er­ate un­der the con­stituency, branch and var­i­ous com­po­nents un­der the aegis of the DC through­out Le­sotho.

Third, the DC has es­tab­lished an emo­tional and broadly-speak­ing, per­sonal re­la­tion­ship with thou­sands of vot­ers through­out Le­sotho. This re­la­tion­ship has en­gen­dered a last­ing long-term dif­fi­cult-to-re­place, at­tach­ment to the DC. It can­not be de­nied that the DC has a very strong sup­port base in the ru­ral south and in­te­rior of Le­sotho which has proven very dif­fi­cult to con­vince.

Four, the DC has over its four-year ex­is­tence es­tab­lished an in­valu­able foun­da­tion of re­sources, fi­nan­cial, in­fra-struc­ture, hu­man and oth­er­wise, through­out Le­sotho that are not easy to re­place.

Five, as ear­lier stated in third above, the DC sup­port base (no slight in­tended) in the ru­ral south, in­te­rior and hin­ter­land of the very in­tractable would be very dif­fi­cult for any new party other that the DC to pla­cate these vot­ers who rather sadly vote with their emo­tions rather than a sci­en­tific anal­y­sis. Owing to the slight con­tro­versy that might be evoked by this as­ser­tion, it is pru­dent to cite a few ex­am­ples that sub­stan­ti­ate this as­ser­tion.

These are that pri­mar­ily what the pur­port­edly sus­pended DC leader has on nu­mer­ous oc­ca­sions said in­clud­ing when ad­dress­ing the party’s elec­tive con­fer­ence thun­dered that he

would al­ways win much was re­it­er­ated again by the sus­pended DC spokesper­son when in nu­mer­ous live ra­dio phone- pro­grams he re­torted that the ma­jor DC sup­port base is in the above men­tioned re­gions of the coun­try.

It is on the ba­sis of the above there­fore it is ev­i­dent that the in­ter­nal strife that has torn the DC right down the mid­dle is borne-out by the suc­ces­sion bat­tle in the DC, the soul of the DC and the brand of the DC as these will in­evitably lead to as­sum­ing the reins of power al­beit on a coali­tion ba­sis. In­evitably and be­cause of a mul­ti­plic­ity of fac­tors, this will pan out be a long-drawn out in­ternecine war that has fi­nally reached the courts. The na­tion is wait­ing with bated breath on who will emerge vic­to­ri­ous in this pro­tracted im­passe. Like two sea­soned pugilists, the two fac­tions are like two heavy weight box­ers pit­ted against each other.

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