DC members crossing could destabilise AD

If 10 Democratic Congress (DC) Members of Parliament (MP) eventually conclude to join the Alliance of Democrats (AD) as anticipated, the latter is likely to be destabilised a political analysts said.

Mr. Sekonyela Mapetja from the Lesotho Council of Non-Governmental Organisations (LCN) said: “It is understandably tempting for the AD to gather as much numbers as they can, but it could be destabilising if the MPs are expected to join the party with the conditions that they are alleged to have put.”

Mr. Mapetja said if it is true that three of these MPs are joining the AD on conditions that they become Ministers, it means some Ministers will have to be shown the door to create space.

He added that it could cause a split among the party members, adding that there is also a possibility that they will fight for positions in the executive committee.

He noted that it was inevitable for these MPs not to come with demands as they are not used to being “ordinary citizens”.

He said: “They are more accustomed to structural corruption, so being in government is convenient for the lifestyle they want to live, through public coffers.”

Mapetja further pointed out that the opposition may be patient to wait for the government’s downfall considering the fact that previous coalition governments’ life span has been two years.

He said: “If this one goes beyond that, there is a chance that many of them will be seen jumping ship due to power hunger and their personal economy.”

He added that the move could be a career suicide to Mr. Monyane Moleleki, the party leader, because the infighting that has been rocking the DC for leadership could cross with those who are joining the AD.

He said: “They can fight him for leadership as some of them cannot stand to just being ordinary party members, even if they do not get ministerial positions.”

Meanwhile, Professor Mafa Sejanamane, a political scientist at the National University of Lesotho (NUL) said that this could help the AD garner more numbers in parliament.

He said: “This would mean there will have to be a serious reshuffle in the government.”

Sejanamane added: “It may come to a point where agreements have to be reviewed because of the changed numbers, and some will have to be ousted to create space for incoming candidates. The Cabinet represents the actual strength of each party, regardless of the agreement made.”

He differed with Mapetja on the issue of power struggle, saying it is not likely that these MPs would fight for executive seats now because both DC and the AD are desperate.

He said: “This is a long term struggle and these politicians know the importance of lying low for some time. He noted that it is also not likely that it could cause instability in the AD.”

Mr. Semano Sekatle and Ms. Likeleli Tampane, who are listed among the 10 DC MPs to cross over to AD rubbished the allegations saying they do not have any intentions of leaving their party.

The Former National Assembly Speaker, Ms Ntlhoi Motsamai, refused to say whether or not she is among the crossing MPs, but rather said it is unfair to her to be asked the same question repeatedly.


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