Rantšo says she’s not going anywhere

Rantšo says she’s not going anywhere

MASERU – OUSTED Reformed Congress of Lesotho (RCL) leader Keketso Rantšo says she is not going anywhere.
A defiant Rantšo told thepost yesterday that she could not be fired from a party she formed.

Rantšo was responding to statements by the party’s youth league leader, Retšelisitsoe Lesane, last Thursday that they had booted out the party leader for violating the party’s constitution.
But Rantšo told this newspaper that she was elected correctly in line with the party’s constitution adding those talking of dethroning her were just talking.
“I want to tell you that I am one of the founders of the party,” she said.

Rantšo, who is also the Minister of Labour and Employment, said she will not talk much or even answer allegations about her dismissal from the party.
The RCL chairperson Sentšuoe Malibo last Thursday said members of the party are in confusion because they have been calling meetings and their leader had never bothered to show up.
He said they decided to suspend Rantšo until their next National Executive Committee (NEC) elections.
He said the last time they met their leader was in 2017 after the general elections.

“Since then she did not allow us to meet her (as a committee),” Malibo argued.
He said it was on that basis that the party had felt they should relieve Rantšo of her duties as party leader.
Lesane was appointed the RCL’s deputy leader at the party’s emergency sitting last Wednesday. He said he will serve in that capacity until the next National Executive Committee elections.
He said Rantšo had failed to engage the rest of the NEC in making party decisions.

Lesane said a special conference slated for September 7 which had been called by Rantšo had now been suspended because she had failed to follow the correct procedures.
He thanked Rantšo for the time she spent leading the party.
Lesane said they were also not happy with Rantšo’s propensity to expel members unilaterally without giving them a platform to air their concerns.
He also lashed out at Rantšo for unilaterally calling a special conference which he said was unconstitutional.

An RCL committee member, Tumo Jacob Thokoana, said in the absence of their leader, the deputy leader will lead the committee.
“The chain continues,” he said.
Thokoana said after Rantšo boycotted their meetings, they were now entrusting the leadership of the party to the newly appointed deputy leader.
He said the party has been embroiled in conflict since the elections in 2017 “because Rantšo did not want to work with rest of the committee”.
Thokoana said their leader had unilaterally fired members including her personal aide.

“Lately she wants to expel the secretary general of the party and we will not allow that,” he said.
He also said Rantšo is suspended until February 2020.
He said they visited their leader’s house last week but she gave them a cold shoulder claiming that members were seeking to embarrass her on media platforms.
Thokoana said their party is mired in crisis because their leader had abandoned party members.

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