Mochoboroane suspended

Staff Reporter

MASERU – SMALL Businesses Development Minister, Selibe Mochoboroane, has been suspended from the Lesotho Congress for Democracy (LCD) for six months.
Mochoboroane, who is also secretary general of the LCD, was suspended this week in what is seen as a brewing factional fight in the party. At the time of going to print it was unclear if Mochoboroane’s suspension would affect his ministerial position.

LCD leader and Deputy Prime Minister, Mothetjoa Metsing, is the one who nominates members of his party to be appointed as ministers by Prime Minister Pakalitha Mosisili.
LCD spokesman Teboho Sekata told thepost yesterday that Mochoboroane was suspended for allegedly planning to form a new political party.

“The party’s national executive committee decided to suspend him because he was going from constituency to constituency touting for his intended party,” Sekata said.
“He wants to start a party and now he invites the LCD members in the constituencies masquerading as a messenger of the national executive committee and when the members attend his meetings he starts touting for his conceived party”.
Sekata said at the end of his suspension Mochoboroane will appear before a disciplinary committee “where he will have to account for his conduct”.

He said the national executive committee learnt of Mochoboroane’s plans at a crisis meeting convened by the elders’ committee that was complaining about him.
He said the elders’ committee had called the meeting because it was concerned about the fights between Mochoboroane and LCD the deputy leader, Defence Minister Tšeliso Mokhosi.
“It was during this meeting that the issue of him touting for his new party among the LCD members came up and the decision was to suspend him,” Sekata said.
The meeting was held on Tuesday and Mochoboroane was given his suspension letter on the same day.

Mochoboroane was not present at the meeting when the decision to suspend him was made.
When exactly Mochoboroane fell out with the executive committee is not clear.
But signs that all was not well emerged in September last year when he refused to join the party in a march to show support to Prime Minister Pakalitha Mosisili and the then army boss Lieutenant General Tlali Kamoli.

Mochoboroane at that time said he refused to join the march because he was aware that it was “going to split the Democratic Congress (DC) and I don’t want to be party to any event that will lead to the split of our allies in government”.

At the time, the national executive committee of the DC had announced that it was not supportive of the march and accused the LCD and a faction of the Lesotho People’s Congress (LPC) of undermining it by organising the march behind its back.

The majority of DC MPs did not attend the controversial march and Mochoboroane also did not attend despite that his party played a leading role in its organisation.
A few weeks later Mochoboroane was moved from the Energy Ministry to the Ministry of Small Businesses in what was seen as an attempt to contain his popularity.
Mochoboroane is considered as one of the most effective ministers in the current government.

Since his appointment he has managed to connect dozens of villages to electricity.
Last month, the feud in the LCD escalated with Mokhosi openly criticising Mochoboroane in public for not being in harmony with the national executive committee.

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