LCD NEC under pressure

LCD NEC under pressure

MASERU – PRESSURE is mounting on the Lesotho Congress for Democracy (LCD) to hold its elective conference that is long overdue.
The former ruling party was supposed to have its elective conference some 17 months ago but the issue seems to have receded down the national executive committee’s priority list.

The delay has allowed the executive committee to remain in office when its term ended in September 2017.
Some senior party officials have become agitated about the elective conference which they say the party urgently needs to start reviving its waning fortunes.

Judging by figures from the last three elections, the LCD is a party in steep decline.
There is also a view among senior party members that the current committee is incapable of revitalizing the party.
They point to how little the committee has done since the last election as evidence that it is incompetent.
thepost has been told that former Deputy Prime Minister Mothetjoa Metsing, the party leader who is in self–imposed exile in South Africa, is reluctant to have the elective conference.

Senior party officials say he has indicated that he is looking at expanding the current committee instead of subjecting it to an election.
The idea, said a senior party official, is to change the constitution to get more members into the national executive committee.
“So there will be a special conference to endorse the amendments to expand the committee instead of having an elective conference to elect new leadership,” the official said.

“The intention is to keep the current weak committee and then use the amendments to give some useless positions to those who are seen as too vocal about the elective conference or have become more influential in the leader’s absence.”
Metsing’s term has ended but his position is unlikely to be contested.
LCD deputy public relations officer, Apesi Rats’ele, said the executive committee is aware that there is a growing demand for an elective conference.

Rats’ele however said they have failed to hold the conference because their leaders are still on the run.
Both Metsing, the LCD leader together with his deputy Tséliso Mokhosi are still holed up in South Africa. They claim that their lives are at stake.

They however make intermittent visits back home.
Rats’ele said “there is absolutely no way we could hold the election when both our leaders are not around”.
He said their committee could not form a quorum without the leaders.

“We cannot even hold just an ordinary siting if the leaders are not here.”
He blamed the government for failing to provide security to their leaders so that they could return home to deal with the party issues.
Metsing is demanding several armed guards who will be with him at all times.

The government has however maintained that as former prime minister Metsing deserves nothing more than what is stipulated in the law.
Minister of Foreign Affairs, Lesego Makgothi, said government has not committed to giving Metsing what he wants.
He said Metsing will get what is “stipulated and nothing more”.

Ratséle said the current committee will remain in charge until the elective conference.
He said they hope to have solved their leaders’ security issues by September.
“We are currently in talks with the SADC and we hope that by that time issues would be ironed out so that our leaders would be able to come back home,” Ratséle said.

Majara Molupe


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