Ntsekele says might quit

Ntsekele says might quit

Nkheli Liphoto – MASERU – THE Secretary General of the All Basotho Convention (ABC) party, Samonyane Ntsekele, says he could resign before the end of his tenure due to fights rocking the party. Ntsekele, who is also the Minister of Water, confirmed that there are two groups within the party that do not see eye-to-eye.
He described one of the groups as “uncaptured” and another as “captured”.
“I am only left with few months as the Secretary General of the party but if the fight does not simmer down I would be forced to leave this position because my understanding is that I am here as a public representative,” Ntsekele said.

This is the first time that Ntsekele has conceded to the fact that there are divisions within the party.
When allegations of internal squabbles in the ABC emerged, Ntsekele always insisted that the party was united.
Ntsekele said the party has resolved that all members should account at their respective constituencies.
He said the party has no room for factions.

He pleaded with members to shun factions before they plunge the party into trouble.
“If we continue in this way we are heading towards disaster,” Ntsekele said.
He said there are some ABC card-carrying members who discuss the party’s issues on the media platforms without approval.
This, Ntsekele said, is not in line with the party’s administrative principles.

He said if they decide to do so, they should talk as individuals because the party has its spokespersons.
“I am asking for oneness within the ABC. There are party structures such as the constituencies where aggrieved members could voice out their grievances.”
The ABC has been experiencing intermittent fights in recent times.

Ntsekele said the current incessant fights have been fomented by the forthcoming National Executive Committee (NEC) election that is scheduled to take place in February next year.
He said members are targeting positions in the NEC.

“The current leader of the ABC is Thomas Thabane and whoever wants to challenge him should do so and see what would happen,” he said.
He also said there are talkative party members who “think they know something”.
The fights in the ABC have gained momentum barely five weeks after Thabane was heckled in Quthing while attending the party’s retreat.
The members refused to listen to Thabane’s speech.

Political observers suggested the heckling could be an indication that Thabane was slowly losing his grip on the party.
The angry delegates were opposed to Thabane and the party’s NEC decision to suspend outspoken chairman Motlohi Maliehe.
Maliehe was suspended after he refused to appear before a disciplinary committee to answer charges of speaking ill of First Lady ’Maesaiah Thabane.
He had earlier this year told people at a rally in Butha-Buthe that the First Lady was treating the party like it was her fief.
He also accused her of meddling in government affairs.

Maliehe also said former Health Minister Nyapane Kaya was sacked because he resisted the First Lady’s attempts to influence the award of tenders in the ministry.
The ABC’s NEC then decided to suspend Maliehe and barred him from chairing any party meeting until his suspension ended in six months.

Nkheli Liphoto

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