Mosisili to step down

Mosisili to step down

MASERU – THE curtain is finally coming down on the long and illustrious political career of Democratic Congress (DC) leader Pakalitha Mosisili.
Mosisili announced last Friday to his party’s structures in a strongly worded letter that he will not seek re-election at the party’s elective conference in January.
Mosisili said one youth recently told him: “No matter how good a dancer you may be, there must be a time when you have to come down from the stage.”
“My masters, the truth is I had planned to announce my decision to retire at the past leadership conference,” Mosisili said, referring to a conference held earlier this year.

“But the spirit that flared at the conference made me refrain from making the announcement. I deemed it unwise to further influence that kind of spirit.”
The conference almost degenerated into a farce with party members openly denouncing Mosisili for favouring his deputy Mathibeli Mokhothu in the race for succession.
The DC is split along factional lines with others backing Mothothu while others are rallying behind Tlohang Sekhamane.

What happened at the meeting was a surprise departure from the DC’s tradition of not contesting openly before an elective conference is held.
Mosisili, in the letter, said the “election of the leader should not be done with malevolence and jealousy”.
“A leader is for all, not for a certain faction. That is why for 21 years that I was a leader I never favoured one group over another,” he said.
“I don’t have sacred cows in the party and on the same wave length I don’t have enemies.”

Mosisili has led the DC since its formation in February 2012 after he walked out of the Lesotho Congress for Democracy (LCD).
He was involved in a fierce tussle for the control of the party with secretary general Mothetjoa Metsing, which he lost.
Mosisili was expected to announce his retirement at a rally for Mohale’s Hoek constituencies last month but instead he cautioned his followers about “those who are hell bent on becoming party leaders at all costs”.

He told the party members that the leadership conference was the most painful he could remember as the members of the party were speaking harshly to each other.
“Some blamed me for naming my speech after Dolly Parton’s song ‘Hello God’,” he said.
Mosisili said those who blamed him did not understand the rationale behind the speech therefore they interpreted it according to their wishes.
He said he forgave all of them even though they did not ask for forgiveness.

To deal with the challenges confronting his party, Mosisili pleaded for divine intervention.
Mosisili said Parton’s song, “Hello God” fits hand in glove with Lesotho’s current problems.
The out-going DC leader said the Holy Spirit will direct their choices at the forthcoming elective conference.
There are two candidates who are contesting the DC leadership.

“For that reason I appeal to all the members to encourage transparent elections, to accept the outcome of the results, and to support the chosen one,” Mosisili said.
Mosisili pleaded with his followers that the elective conference should not separate them but should unite their party.
Mosisili also pleaded with his followers to remain intact after the conference so that their party should be democratic, renewed and blessed with a new God-fearing leader who will respect the nation.

Mosisili said he will always be ready to advise when requested.
He recalled the challenges that he encountered along the way from the Basotho Congress Party (BCP).
Mosisili served as Prime Minister for 16 years.

Nkheli Liphoto

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