Rantšo’s bid to block  conference fails

Rantšo’s bid to block conference fails

MASERU – KEKETSO Rantšo, leader of the Reformed Congress of Lesotho (RCL), has failed to stop a rival faction from holding an elective conference meant to oust her.
The conference will be held next weekend in Mafeteng after the High Court dismissed Rantšo’s urgent application to stop it.

The court ruled that the application was not urgent, meaning that Rantšo has to wait in the queue like all other litigants.
And given the massive backlog of cases in the High Court it is highly likely that the case will be heard after the conference.
It is possible that by that time the Labour Minister will not be leading the party, a junior partner in the ruling coalition.

The judgment was delivered last Friday, just a day before the election was supposed to take place.
Retšelisitsoe Lesane, who leads the camp pushing for the elective conference, said Rantšo’s attempt to block conference “showed that she is not a democrat”.

Lesane said democracy dictates that people choose their own leadership. The leaders, he said, should not use the law to impose themselves.
His faction wanted to hold the conference in Mafeteng last weekend but had to postpone when Rantšo rushed to court.
The RCL last held its elective conference in 2017.

Lesane said the party’s constitution says they should have another conference in January or February this year.
“We nominated people who will be elected and wrote a circular to all constituencies,” Lesane said.
He said Rantšo was not nominated for the leadership position hence she is trying to block the conference through the courts.

“My leader (Rantšo) filed an urgent application so that the election could not see any light of the day,” Lesane said.
Lesane said the ruling means Rantšo has effectively lost the case.
But Nthakho Monare, the secretary general of Rantšo’s faction, said it is not true they have lost the case.
“The judge did not say she has lost the case. But he said the case is not urgent,” Monare said.
Lesane said they are not hostile to the elective conference but want proper procedures to be followed.

The RCL has been in the throes of a bitter factional battle for several months.
Such factional fights are however not confined to Rantšo’s party alone.
Nearly every party in Lesotho has its own internal battles.
The ruling All Basotho Convention is dealing with its own power struggle that is now threatening to upend the coalition government.

Thooe Ramolibeli

 

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