Masoetsa fired from Lets’eng Diamond board

Masoetsa fired from Lets’eng Diamond board

MASERU – THE newly elected All Basotho Convention (ABC) spokesman, Montoeli Masoetsa, has been fired from the Letšeng Diamond board.
Masoetsa, who was appointed to the board by Mining Minister, Keketso Sello, after the ABC assumed power in 2017, said his dismissal was a direct result of the factional politics in the party.
Sello and Masoetsa find themselves in opposing camps that are fighting for political supremacy in the ABC.

Sello is challenging the results of the ABC national executive committee elections held in February which saw his faction being thumped by a faction led by Professor Nqosa Mahao.
He also contested for the position of party treasurer which he lost.
“The termination of my appointment does not state any reasons,” Masoetsa told thepost last night.
“I received the letter today and I am yet to seek legal advice on my dismissal then I will know what to do next.”
Masoetsa blamed Sello for his dismissal from the board “obviously because we do not see eye-to-eye in the ABC squabbles over the control of the party”.

Efforts to contact Sello were not successful last night.
Board membership at the Letšeng Diamond and other enterprises in which the government has a stake are not political positions, but it has been established that with any incoming government, there will be changes in the constitution of boards.

After Prime Minister Thomas Thabane won the premiership in 2012 his then wife, the late Lipolelo Thabane, was appointed to the Letšeng Diamond Board.
When Thabane lost power to Pakalitha Mosisili in the 2015 snap elections, Lipolelo was withdrawn from the board and was replaced by Mosisili’s son, Rethabile.
Mosisili again lost to Thabane in 2017 and Masoetsa was appointed to the board while Rethabile was shown the door.

Nkheli Liphoto

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