Fight for soul of the DC
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.