Mochoboroane under fire

Mochoboroane under fire

MASERU – THE suspended secretary general of the Lesotho Congress for Democracy (LCD), Selibe Mochoboroane, came under a barrage of attacks on Tuesday after he allegedly “snubbed” a new political party. The new party, Majalefa, claimed it had invited Mochoboroane to leave the LCD and lead them but had a “last-minute” change of heart. Mochoboroane however declined to comment on the matter when contacted last night saying the time was not right for him to respond.

Majalefa says they are in the process of registering as a political party. Speaking at a press conference on Tuesday, Majalefa’s spokesman, Manama Letsie, said they no longer want to have anything to do with Mochoboroane as he is not the man they thought he was. Letsie said they had also realised that “Mochoboroane came with a lot of baggage from his cronies”. Letsie said they had a short relationship with Mochoboroane and they realised that their organisation was “fast degenerating from being a beacon of hope” to something that they had not planned.

“We note, with concern, shock and dismay, the systematic entrenchment of dictatorial tendencies, personified by Hon Mochoboroane and his cohorts, which we observed during the negotiation process,” Letsie said. Majalefa say Mochoboroane is “surrounded by wrong people who for obvious reasons failed to state their position (during the) negotiations and resorted to bullying him to reject proposals (we had) agreed upon”. “It’s very unfortunate that in the past three weeks Hon Mochoboroane has failed to make just one decision, he is very indecisive,” Letsie said.

Majalefa’s founding leader, Ramahooana Matlosa, said Mochoboroane and his followers have missed the initial vision of the movement, which is to unite Basotho and create a political atmosphere that is focused on issues of economic emancipation of Basotho people and Lesotho.They said their relationship with Mochoboroane and his followers is sadly about changing the rulers but not the rules, the ends but not the means. “Therefore, we observe that under Hon Mochoboroane and his cronies, the present status quo and delusional assumptions will remain intact.

“Furthermore, we are deeply disturbed by the dominance of egocentric loners with an overinflated sense of self-worth vis-a-vi the masses,” Letsie said. “We find our partnership as just another attempt to recycle the current breed of politicians who failed Basotho and Lesotho into a new political platform but with same old tricks. We believe you cannot do things in the same manner and expect different results.”

Majalefa say their decision to make Mochoboroane the leader of their movement was accepted by many Basotho, but little did they know that he was a prisoner of his own followers.  Majalefa say their party was to be called the Movement for Economic Change (MEC) whose colours were orange, blue and white.  We sincerely hope Mr Mochoboroane and his cronies will prove their worth and not use any of the above mentioned properties of Majalefa.  Mochoboroane told thepost yesterday that “it is not yet time to respond to them”. “Let us not talk about it now, there will be a time when I will respond,” Mochoboroane said.

Leisa Leisanyane

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