Se­libe in­vades PM’S fief­dom

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QACHA’S NEK – MOVE­MENT for Eco­nomic Change (MEC) leader Se­libe Mo­choboroane says it will be dif­fi­cult to dis­lodge Prime Min­is­ter Pakalitha Mo­sisili’s from the Tsoe­like con­stituency in the Qacha’s Nek dis­trict.

Mr Mo­choboroane said this while ad­dress­ing ap­prox­i­mately 1 000 MEC sup­port­ers at the party’s first rally in Qacha’s Nek since it was launched early this year.

The rally was held to drum up sup­port for MEC ahead of the 3 June elec­tions which were an­nounced by His Majesty King Let­sie III in the af­ter­math of the op­po­si­tion’s suc­cess­ful no con­fi­dence vote that top­pled the Dr Mo­sisili-led seven par­ties’ coali­tion gov­ern­ment last month.

The MEC leader said al­though he was hope­ful of win­ning other con­stituen­cies in the dis­trict, he was how­ever pes­simistic about Tsoe­like.

Qacha’s Nek has three elec­toral con­stituen­cies, namely Qacha’s Nek No.69, Le­bak­eng No.70 and Tsoe­like No.71 which were all won by Dr Mo­sisili’s Demo­cratic Congress (DC dur­ing the last elec­tions that were held on 28 Fe­bru­ary 2015.

Dr Mo­sisili won the Tsoe­like con­stituency with 4581 votes fol­lowed by the main op­po­si­tion All Ba­sotho Con­ven­tion (ABC) who gar­nered 325 votes.

Mr Mo­choboroane said Dr Mo­sisili was highly likely to re­tain the con­stituency.

He said the DC leader’s pop­u­lar­ity was akin to his own pop­u­lar­ity in the Tha­banaMorena con­stituency No.52.

Mr Mo­choboroane won the Tha­bana-morena con­stituency un­der the um­brella of his erst­while Le­sotho Congress for Democ­racy (LCD) party with 3167 votes in 2015, fol­lowed by the DC with 1472 votes.

“Af­ter spend­ing a week con­duct­ing door-todoor cam­paigns I have no doubt the MEC can win elec­tions in Le­bak­eng and Qacha’s Nek con­stituen­cies,” Mr Mo­choboroane said, adding, “But I don’t want to lie and say we can win Tsoe­like”. “The con­stituency re­mains a hard nut to crack. I think it has proved dif­fi­cult for any­one to con­vince the peo­ple of Tsoe­like against vot­ing the old man (Dr Mo­sisili).

“I have no doubt how­ever, that the MEC com­mands a lot of sup­port from young peo­ple in Tsoe­like. Our youth should work hard and con­vince the peo­ple in that con­stituency that it is high time the old man re­tires from ac­tive pol­i­tics.

“Ntate Mo­sisili has done his part and he is just too tired to cope with the cur­rent dy­nam­ics in pol­i­tics. Al­though we may lose in Tsoe­like, our votes are def­i­nitely go­ing to be enough to put more pres­sure on Ntate Mo­sisili to con­sider re­tire­ment,” he said.

He said al­though Dr Mo­sisili re­mained “pow­er­ful” in Tsoe­like, there were still at least three chal­lenges fac­ing the peo­ple in all three con­stituen­cies namely, the lack of wa­ter, elec­tric­ity and ac­cess roads.

Mr Mo­choboroane said the chal­lenges would be a thing of the past in the event of the MEC form­ing gov­ern­ment af­ter the elec­tions.

He ruled out a pre-elec­tion al­liance with other par­ties, say­ing MEC was de­ter­mined to achieve an out­right vic­tory on its own.

“How­ever, if we can­not achieve that, any par­ties that may ap­proach us af­ter the elec­tions to pro­pose a part­ner­ship in form­ing the gov­ern­ment, would have to be those that pri­ori­tise our prin­ci­ples of serv­ing the na­tion by pro­vid­ing elec­tric­ity, wa­ter and roads as en­shrined in our man­i­festo,” he said.

Mr Mo­choboroane said his party was also con­cerned about the wel­fare of the se­nior cit­i­zens, say­ing that the MEC will con­sider pro­vid­ing monthly gro­cery vouch­ers on top of their mone­tary pen­sions.

“Our elders are fac­ing chal­lenges of be­ing robbed off their monies ev­ery month end by young thieves. As the MEC we are com­ing up with a new ini­tia­tive of pro­vid­ing them with gro­cery vouch­ers on top of the pen­sions they get.”

Mean­while, sur­veys by the Le­sotho Times crew in Qacha’s Nek sug­gested that there could be a close con­test in Le­bak­eng, with MEC and the Al­liance of Democrats (AD) emerg­ing to chal­lenge the DC.

Back in 2015, the DC can­di­date for Le­bak­eng, Se­mano Seka­tle won the con­stituency with 6273 votes — the high­est num­ber of votes for one party can­di­date in 2015.

Ba­sotho Na­tional Party’s (BNP) Mphale Set­soto Ma­soabi was the run­ner up with just 352 votes.

Mr Seka­tle, the De­vel­op­ment Plan­ning Min­is­ter is the DC can­di­date for the same con­stituency in the up­com­ing elec­tions in 2015.

How­ever, sev­eral sources told the Le­sotho Times that the MEC’S can­di­date Mokhachane Posholi and the AD’S ’Mathabo Se­bilo were fast gain­ing pop­u­lar­ity.

Mr Posholi and Ms Se­bilo were part of Mr Seka­tle’s cam­paign team for the last elec­tions.

The sources also said the ABC and BNP could not be ruled out in all three Qacha’s Nek con­stituen­cies, par­tic­u­larly in the Qacha’s Nek No.69 con­stituency. DC can­di­date and Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Min­is­ter, Pon­tšo ’Ma­tumelo Seka­tle won the 2015 elec­tion with 5160 votes fol­lowed by the BNP’S Dr Nthabiseng Makoae with 819 votes.

mec leader Se­libe mo­choboroane (left) salutes party sup­port­ers dur­ing the rally held in Qacha’s Nek last Satur­day.

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