LCD opts out of DC coali­tion

Lesotho Times - - News - ’Marafaele Mohloboli

THE Demo­cratic Congress (DC) and two other par­ties have writ­ten to the Speaker of the Na­tional Assem­bly, Sephiri Motanyane, in­form­ing him of their in­ten­tion to form a coali­tion of op­po­si­tion par­ties in par­lia­ment.nt.

DC Sec­re­tary-gen­eral, neral, Se­mano Seka­tle, told the Le­sothoe­sotho Times that the coali­tion was as aimed at en­sur­ing the op­po­si­tion sition had “good num­bers” and d op­er­ated as a “united front in n what­ever we de­lib­er­ate on as yo u know that par­lia­men­tary de­ci­sions are all about num­bers”.

“United we stand and di­vided we fall. Be­ing in op­po­si­tion is more ful­fill­ing than be­ing in gov­ern­ment as we have the free­dom to ex­press our­selves bet­ter than when we are in gov­ern­ment.

“We have noth­ing to lose in par­lia­ment but we can bet­ter for­mu­late and present our views,” Mr Seka­tle said.

How­ever, the Le­sotho Congress of Democra- cy ( (LCD)LCD) is not part of the mooted coali­tion which com­prises of the DC, Pop­u­lar Front of Democ­racy (PFD) and Na­tional In­de­pen­dent Party (NIP). “With this let­ter we would like you to know that we the three par- ties, DC, PFD and NIP have agreed to form a coali­tion of op­po­si­tion par­ties in t the 10th par­lia­ment, with the MP f for Qhoali No. 68, Mathi­beli MokhothuMokhoth be­ing the of­fi­cial leader, the chair­per­son­chair of the cau­cus be­ing Mot­la­len­toaMot­lalen Let­sosa MP for Qal­a­bane N No. 54 and the Sec­re­tary of the cau­cusca be­ing, Likeleli Tam­pane,pane who is MP for Senqu No. 78,” reads part of the let­ter to Mr M Motanyane. TheTh let­ter is signed by the lead­er­slead of the three par­ties, namely,nam Pakalitha Mo­sisili ( (DC), Lekhetho Rakuoane (PFD)(P and Kimetso Mathaba (NIP).(N For his part, Na­tional Assem­blys Speaker, Mr Motanyane said he was yet to re­spond to the let­ter as “there is a lot of re­search that I have to con­duct be­fore I come to this au­gust House a and give you my de­ci­sion”. Mean­while, the LCD said although it main­tained cor­dial re­la­tions with its e erst­while gov­ern­ment part­ner ners, it had opted against join­ing th the mooted coali­tion to keep i its po­si­tion in the state c coun­cil. LCD spokesper­son, Teb boho Sekata yes­ter­day told the Le­sotho Times that “we opted to keep our po­si­tion as LCD as this would help us have rep­re­sen­ta­tion in the state coun­cil”.

“We would lose our sit­ting power to the Move­ment for Eco­nomic Change (MEC) if we tied our­selves to the coali­tion. It is just the way we chose to op­er­ate but we are still part of the op­po­si­tion,” he said.

DC spokesper­son, Se­ri­a­long Qoo, said they had ap­proached LCD over the coali­tion plans but the lat­ter were “not ready” to join them.

“We still have a warm work­ing re­la­tion­ship with the LCD.

“It’s just that they have ben­e­fits that they get by virtue of be­ing sec­ond in op­po­si­tion num­bers in par­lia­ment and they were just not ready to for­feit them by be­ing part of the coali­tion. Our re­la­tions are how­ever, still very in­tact,” Mr Qoo said.

The ex­clu­sion of the LCD was been a talk­ing point, given the fact that it was the sec­ond most prom­i­nent party af­ter the DC in the former seven par­ties’ coali­tion gov­ern­ment from 2015 to 2017 and its leader, Mo­thetjoa Mets­ing served as Deputy Prime Min­is­ter.

The two par­ties also joined with the PFD in an elec­toral pact ahead of the 3 June 2017 elec­tions.

Un­der their elec­toral pact, the DC, LCD and PFD fielded one can­di­date for each of the coun­try’s 80 con­stituen­cies with the stated goal of avoid­ing vote split­ting.

The DC con­tested in 54 con­stituen­cies, the LCD was al­lo­cated 25, while the PFD was given one seat.

The DC ob­tained 30 seats, the LCD gar­nered 11 seats in the polls, while the PFD had three.

They lost power af­ter the All Ba­sotho Con­ven­tion com­bined its 48 seats with those of the Al­liance of Democrats (nine seats), the Ba­sotho Na­tional Party (five) and the Re­formed Congress of Le­sotho (one) to form a four party coali­tion gov­ern­ment in the af­ter­math of the polls.

Such has been the strength of the DC-LCD al­liance that there were even ru­mours of a merger be­fore the June polls.

Af­ter the polls, the DC even mulled hav­ing LCD leader, Mo­thetjoa Mets­ing, de­fect to the party to en­sure it had the req­ui­site 30 seats to re­tain its po­si­tion as the of­fi­cial op­po­si­tion in the Na­tional Assem­bly.

In the ab­sence of the LCD, the DC would com­bine its 30 seats, with those of the PFD (two) and NIP (one) to give the mooted coali­tion a com­bined to­tal of 33.

LCD spokesper­son teboho sekata.

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