We won’t mourn Sekatle, says DC

We won’t mourn Sekatle, says DC

MASERU –  THE main opposition Democratic Congress (DC) party is not mourning the defection of secretary general Semano Sekatle.
Instead the party has accused Sekatle of running down the party through gross maladministration.
The DC spokesman Serialong Qoo told thepost that Sekatle is “running away from the consequences of what he was doing in the party”.
“We are not shocked but we are sad that he has defected,” Qoo said.

“We expected him to stand by what he was doing and face the owners of this party at the upcoming elective conference in January.”
He said Sekatle had left after a barrage of grievances from the sub-branches, branches and constituencies who were not happy with the manner he was managing party affairs.
He however pulled a shocker when he dumped the DC and joined ruling All Basotho Convention (ABC). He was then rewarded with a plum post as Tourism Minister.
Although Qoo refused to disclose the nature of their supporters’ grievances, he suggested members from the constituencies, branches and sub-branches were complaining that under Sekatle’s leadership there was no evidence that they had joined the party.

“The people joined the party from the sub-branches as is the DC custom but Mr Secretary General has not issued them with membership cards,” Qoo said.
“Anybody, I mean anybody, understands the meaning of this, especially now when the party is on the brink of a critical elective conference.”
Qoo said the secretary general was entrusted with the daily administration of the party which includes preparing for its conferences.
He said despite his strategic position in the party, Sekatle defected after he became aware that his name was not nominated for any position for the coming national executive committee elections.
“Even delegates from his Lebakeng constituency no longer had trust in him. They have not nominated him for any position in the national executive committee,” he said.
“From his powerful position of secretary general, he had no influence whatsoever.”

On the other hand, Sekatle said he defected to the ABC because “I was sitting on the sharp tip of a stone” in the DC party and “I was no longer comfortable”.
Sekatle refused to disclose how the DC leadership wronged him, prompting him to jump ship.
“They were doing hurtful things to me,” he said.

“They said given the long time I have been in the party, I should fight for the position of being a party leader, not realizing that I was supporting the chosen leader and would have supported the other one who would have been chosen after this one,” he said.

“The DC has been mistreating me for a long time, which made me realise that they do not need me in the party. So for now I am just a Member of Parliament.
“I will cross to the All Basotho Convention (ABC) party when Parliament is opened,” he said.

Sekatle said Prime Minister Thomas Thabane, who is the ABC leader, approached him with a proposal to cross the floor and he agreed on condition that he would be appointed a minister.
He said Thabane “rescued me from the danger posed by my fellow DC members”.

Asked if he would still have left the DC had Thabane not promised to make him a minister, Sekatle said that would not help him and therefore there would be no reason for him to leave.
“If the Prime Minster just proposed to me to be part of his party without giving me the position, the offer wouldn’t be helpful to me as I would just remain a backbencher. I want to be in a position to answer questions (in Parliament),” he said.

Sekatle said even though the Lebakeng constituency may not accept his decision to cross the floor, he is going to serve the nation.
“If I am chosen to be a minister, I have to do my work, as Lebakeng MP,” he said.
“I am still expected to serve and bring improvements in the constituency.”

Sekatle has replaced Motlohi Maliehe who was fired in August after his verbal attacks against First Lady ’Maesaiah Thabane.
Others who were appointed ministers on Monday are Litšoane Litšoane, for the Ministry of Local Government, substituting Habofanoe Lehana who was reshuffled to the Ministry of Trade.
The ABC spokesman Tefo Mapesela has been moved from the Trade Ministry to Defence, replacing Sentje Lebona who resigned in October. Mokherane Tsatsanyane has been appointed Deputy Minister of Public Works, replacing Tšehlo Ramarou who has since been appointed to be a deputy minister in the Prime Minister’s Office.

Itumeleng Khoete

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