All is not well in DC

All is not well in DC

MASERU – ALL is not well in the Democratic Congress (DC) as a new wave of factionalism sweeps across the party, hardly two years after a near fatal split.
Party leader Pakalitha Mosisili told a rally in Mohale’s Hoek last Sunday that he is afraid that after the coming elective conference, which will be in January, “some are likely to defect”.
“Some will defect, I tell you, when the elections have not gone their way,” Mosisili said.
Mosisili said there were leaders within his party who are impatient to take over leadership positions.

The DC will head into an elective conference in January next year, with renewed fears the party could split again.
The DC split early last year when the deputy leader Monyane Moleleki defected to form the Alliance of Democrats (AD) after he failed to oust Mosisili.
Mosisili later accused Moleleki of being impatient and that he mishandled the process by setting an overzealous youth league on him.
The youths started holding press conferences in which they attacked Mosisili, accusing him of favouritism and harbouring corrupt people in cabinet instead of setting the police on them.
Now nearly two years later, a group of zealous youths have started complaining about the party leader, questioning his wisdom.

This they do over radio stations irrespective of repeated attempts by the party’s national executive committee to stop them.
This is exactly what happened between late 2016 and early 2017, which led to the major split.
Mosisili bemoaned this behaviour saying his critics were “power hungry and are fighting for leadership positions”.
Mosisili said his detractors’ gripe is that he delegated some of his powers to his deputy, Mathibeli Mokhothu, whom he assigned to hold rallies on his behalf in some constituencies.
This, according to his critics, is wrong because it is giving Mokhothu a job that is not his.

He however pointed out that their real fight is positioning themselves well for the elective conference.
His delegating some of his powers to Mokhothu is seen as influencing the voters to elect him and that is regarded as unfair to other contenders, according to Mosisili.
Mosisili also warned that branch committees could sabotage the election of delegates to the elective conference so that the rightfully elected ones do not have the necessary documents to allow them access to the conference hall.

Warning them against those who will be touting for leadership positions, Mosisili said “mark such ones so that you turn their backs against (yours)”.
“Such ones are not part of us,” he said.

The youths however defied Mosisili’s warning and soon after the Mohale’s Hoek rally they went to several radio stations criticising his speech.
The youths accused him of introducing an “unknown tradition” by giving Mokhothu some of his powers.

Citing the DC constitution, they said Mokhothu should only act in the absence of Mosisili “not when the leader is available and can do the job”.
They argued that it was Mosisili himself who announced publicly that “my deputy will in no way act when I am available”.
Mosisili made this announcement when Moleleki usurped his power in 2016, as his deputy, and sought to withdraw the DC from the then seven-party coalition government.
“That was when the leader taught us as the party members that when the leader is available it is wrong for his deputy to do any of his duties,” the youths said during a programme on a local radio station.

Staff Reporter

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