Sekhamane says won’t break away

Sekhamane says won’t break away

MASERU-DEMOCRATIC Congress (DC) party stalwart, Tlohang Sekhamane, says he has no plans to break away and form a splinter party.
Sekhamane lost heavily to new party leader, Mathibeli Mokhothu, winning a paltry 84 votes against Mokhothu’s 1 681 votes at the party’s elective conference in Ha-Foso last weekend.

Instead he said he will rally behind Mokhothu and wished him all the best at the helm of the DC.
Sekhamane also told thepost yesterday that he is satisfied with the way DC members exercised their democratic right to elect a leadership of their choice.
All candidates who rallied behind Sekhamane lost during the internal elections.

“Elections were free and transparent,” he said.
He said he wished Mokhothu a successful tenure at the helm of the party so that he can lead it to victory during the next elections and become government.
He pledged to support Mokhothu in any way possible.

Sekhamane refuted allegations that he was aggrieved and that as a result he might break away from the party.
“I am part of the people who founded this party and I love it. I don’t have any intentions to leave it,” he said.
The newly elected leader Mokhothu stretched the olive branch to Sekhamane and other contenders who backed him during the race, saying they should forget the past and focus on building the party.
Mokhothu said he had also forgiven people who did not believe that he could lead the party.

He said he is going to prove beyond all reasonable doubt that he is a capable leader.
Mokhothu said this after he was handed the party’s flag and the constitution by the out-going leader Pakalitha Mosisili in Ha-Foso last Sunday.
This rite is usually done when power is transferred peacefully from one leader to another.

Mokhothu called on God to help DC members “during our difficult journey towards unseating the government of hunger, poverty, unemployment and shaking economy”.
“The other biggest enemy lately is the brutal killings instigated by the security institutions,” he said.
Mokhothu also singled out biased hiring and unjustified promotions within the government as some of the worrying issues.

He thanked Mosisili for stepping down from politics and leading them through difficult times.
Mokhothu said they had learned love, humbleness, passion and forgiveness from Mosisili as “he even forgave people who were supposed to be arrested in 1998”.

He said during his days as the Prime Minister, Mosisili built schools, and introduced free primary education.
He also built hospitals and clinics while increasing salaries for teachers, Mokhothu said.
He said the Mosisili-led government was in the forefront against the fight against HIV/AIDS.

He said Mosisili would also be remembered for his role in the construction of roads and bridges, factories, mines, connecting homes to the electricity grid, proving clean water and enhanced technology.

“He waged a big fight against corruption through the Directorate on Corruption and Economic Offences (DCEO) which some are now turning it into their own institution,” Mokhothu said.
Mokhothu said Mosisili also took care of the elderly, orphans and the vulnerable.

Nkheli Liphoto

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