Trouble for top LCD official

Trouble for top LCD official

Staff Reporter

MASERU

A senior official of the Lesotho Congress for Democracy (LCD) is facing disciplinary action over his remarks about the Democratic Congress (DC) and its deputy leader Monyane Moleleki.

Teboho Sekata, the LCD’s spokesman,is accused of saying a DC split is looming and that Moleleki was holding secret talks with All Basotho Convention (ABC) leader, former premier Thomas Thabane with the intention to form a new coalition that will remove Prime Minister Pakalitha Mosisili.

Sekata is heard in a tape in a Facebook wall of Mosisili’s staunch supporter in the DC power squabbles, RamahooanaMatlosa, saying Thabane and Moleleki secretly met in Durban where they discussed working together.

In the recording Sekata is in discussion with someone whose identity is not yet known.

“I’m telling you today that they met, although you are denying it,”Sekata says.

Sekata is referring to an article that appeared in the Public Eye in which Moleleki, well known as Mokola, was interviewed about his secret talks with Thabane.

“He could have denied to the newspaper that they did not meet but instead he admitted, although he said it is Thabane who had invited him to a meeting and not him,” Sekata says.

“We knew it even before it was published. He said they had agreed that they were going to work together to form a government”.

Sekata says Moleleki wants to defect from the DC but he could not because his supporters in parliament are proportional representation MPs who cannot, by law, cross the floor.

Sekata suggests that Mosisili, cornered by Moleleki, is prepared to return back to the LCD from which he defected to form DC in 2012 following bitter battles.

He saysthe DC’s Women’s League president PontšoSekatle encouraged the party members aligned withthe Mosisili faction to prepare to wear the LCD party regalia and burn the DC’s when the time comes.

“As for us, we are happy for that,” he says.

Sekata has since apologised publicly over the state-owned Radio Lesotho for the remarks but the LCD is getting ready to haul him to the coals.

Both Moleleki’sand Sekata’s phones were unavailable at the time of going to press.

LCD general secretary Energy Minister Selibe Mochoboroane told thepost that the party is going to take “drastic measures about the publicist Mr Sekata”.

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“We are in the coalition government with the DC and we are working together. We cannot afford to fight against one another,” Mochoboroane said.

The party has issued a statement distancing itself from Sekata’s remarks about the DC and says he will be brought before a disciplinary committee.

The party says it is perturbed by Sekata’s comments that appeared on local radio stations and in social media.

“The Office of Secretary General starts by clearly condemning Mr TebohoSekata’s utterances who is the LCD Publicist and further speaks of the possible DC split,” the statement reads.

Mochoboroane has apologised to all whose names have been mentioned as well as to the general public that has been directly or indirectly affected by the information.
Mochoboroane has also warned all LCD members to avoid being involved in issues which do not concern them. The members, he said, should not be used by “people with ulterior motives, who may appear as their friends not aware that they are seeking information intended to see the seven political parties led government fight against each other”.
Mochoboroane’s statement also says the LCD apologises to the DC leaders, Mosisili andMoleleki,as well as the DC’s Women’s League President, Sekatle.
This comes in a week in which the DC spokesman Serialong Qoo has announced that the party will hold an indaba on June 11 to resolve their differences.

The Lesotho News Agency (LENA) quotes Qoo saying the party’s National Executive Committee has called a conference in Maseru where Mosisili will meet the two factions as well as the youth league.

“The only agenda of this emergency meeting will be to allow the factions representatives to submit before the party leader their concerns in order to find a common understating,” Qoo is quoted as saying.

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