The public relations of the disgruntled All Basotho Convention (ABC) Korokoro constituency committee, Makalo Motsapi, held a public gathering at Makhalanyane’s football ground on January 6 to inform party constituency masses about the decision of the ruling party’s National Executive Committee (NEC) to suspend the constituency committee.
“My purpose is to disseminate correct information so that all Makhalanyane’s members should get it from the horse’s mouth and be on the same level of understanding about their constituency issues,” explained Motsapi.
He told the crowd that the constituency committee obtained a suspension circular without any further clarification. “There is no case whatsoever against us hence we are perplexed and confused by this kind of suspension.” He said.
Asked for a possible cause of suspension, Motsapi he suspected it could have been triggered by a press conference which they held as the constituency committee to brief the media about correspondence from the ABC’s NEC where it rejected the proposed candidature of Professor Nqosa Mahao to contest deputy leader position in the February part elective conference.
He said: “We didn’t understand why our proposed candidate was barred from contesting as we know quite well that he meets necessary requirements and qualified to run for deputy leader position. Ntate Mahao has served Korokoro’s constituency for 36 months and he possess special skills which comply with ABC’s constitution.”
He said it was strange that the NEC did not even give them a hearing before serving them (constituency) with a final decision that reject Prof Mahao. “Even the NEC’s citation of ABC’s constitution is not in compliance with relevant clauses on eligibility of a candidate to the NEC.”
He added: “Professor Mahao is Intelligent and is a man who always stick to principles of the law hence some members of the ABC’s NEC are not comfortable to work with him. A typical example was when he expressed objection of clause 10 in the agreement by the political leaders as a condition for participation in national reforms.”
Clause 10 of the agreement between political parties, states in part: “The government of the Kingdom of Lesotho shall ensure the safety of all citizens in exile and must provide adequate security for Mr Metsing and other similarly placed exiled. Mr Metsing and similarly placed persons in exile will not be subjected to any pending criminal proceedings during the dialogue and reform process.”
Motsapi also informed the crowd about the steps taken by the constituency of filing an urgent application in the high court. “And we are willing to accept the verdict,” he assured.
Speaking at a different event in Motimposo, ABC member of NEC and defense minister Tefo Mapesela warned members of the party to be vigilant as they prepare for a party conference and avoid being influenced by skeletons.
“You must work with those who are nominated and elected. Since I joined politics, I have never seen any aspiring deputy leader on a national television to table his own party policies that differ with his own leader. What is that?” asked Mapesela.