Trouble in paradise

Trouble in paradise

…LCD, DC relations sour…

MASERU – RELATIONS between the Lesotho Congress for Democracy (LCD) and the Democratic Congress (DC) have soured so much that officials are going public about them.
Yesterday, LCD spokesman Teboho Sekata was spewing venom at a press conference, accusing a DC official of peddling lies about his party.
Addressing the press conference snubbed by most journalists, Sekata said DC spokesman, Serialong Qoo once announced that Prime Minister Thomas Thabane would declare an alliance with the LCD.
He said Qoo also claimed that three LCD MPs would be appointed ministers by Thabane.
“That was a pure lie!” Sekata said.

“That spokesman never came back to the public to apologise even after it became clear that what he was saying was a lie,” he said.
He was reacting to statements by Qoo in a local newspaper that the LCD too was peddling lies about its true intentions regarding the touted Government of National Unity (GNU).
Sekata said their alliance with the DC was shaky from the onset.
The DC broke away from the LCD in 2012 when the then LCD leader Pakalitha Mosisili’s relations with the party’s secretary general, Mothetjoa Metsing, soured.
Metsing formed a coalition government with Thabane’s All Basotho Convention (ABC) and the Basotho National Party (BNP) but the alliance was short-lived, with Metsing forming another merger with Mosisili and five others in 2015.

Thabane came back to power in 2017 in the current quartet coalition as Metsing and Mosisili became his arch enemies.
Metsing is now consorting with Thabane again and pushing for a GNU, much to the disenchantment of Mosisili’s DC party which is now led by Mathibeli Mokhothu.
Avoiding discussion on his alleged talks with Thabane, Metsing told thepost that he is only seeking “cooperation with the ABC and not necessarily a faction led by Thabane”.
He said he would not form a GNU with a faction “but the ABC as a whole together with any other parties in parliament that will buy this idea”.

Thabane has been accusing Metsing of embezzling over M50 million during their coalition days when he was a deputy prime minister.
Metsing skipped the country to South Africa claiming his life was in danger, at a time when the Directorate on Corruption and Economic Offences (DCEO) was after him.
When Thabane took over as premier in 2017, processes to pay Metsing his official benefits stopped.

Nkheli Liphoto

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