Rantšo barred from party’s elective conference

Rantšo barred from party’s elective conference

MASERU – THE Reformed Congress of Lesotho (RCL) says it has barred its embattled leader, Keketso Rantšo, from contesting for any leadership position within the party.
The party’s deputy secretary general, Retšelisitsoe Lesane, told thepost that Rantšo will not be allowed to contest during the forthcoming National Executive Committee (NEC)’s elections.

The elections are scheduled to take place on February 15 in Mafeteng district.
Lesane was Rantšo’s private secretary but the two fell out after Rantšo fired Lesane from his position as her private secretary.
Their dispute later spilled into the courts.
Lesane said the RCL members had lost confidence in Rantšo and it was for that reason that they did not recommend her for any leadership position again.

Lesane said Rantšo is not happy that they had called a conference.
He said RCL members had recommended ’Machabana-Lemphane Letsie, who is now the Home Affairs Ministry’s principal secretary, and Poea Letsielo for the leadership post.

For the deputy leadership positions, those in the race are Poea Letsielo, Bataung Thulo and Nyepetsi Mlongeni.
Lesane and ’Malesole Letsie are vying for the secretary general’s post.
Rantšo along with Setjeo Malibo, Liteboho Bale, Tahleho Mabetha, ’Maitumeleng Mpopo and Tlalane Ntili were recommended as party organisers.

Lesane said they had since received information that Rantšo wants to call her own conference to secure her leadership seat.
He said they are not going to oppose her decision to call her own conference as she does not have the power to do so.
“Our Constitution is clear that elections should be within the first two months after three years,” Lesane said.

He also said they started informing their members in November last year that they should prepare people to represent them in the coming elections.
“Even if she goes to the courts it will be very difficult to interdict us from holding the conference,” Lesane said.

Last year the RCL faction fighting Rantšo petitioned Prime Minister Thomas Thabane to fire her from the cabinet but did not succeed.
The party only has one principal secretary, Letsie-Lemphane, who is the Principal Secretary for the Ministry of Home Affairs.

Letsie-Lemphane, who is the party’s secretary general, has had fights with Rantšo over the administration of the party for the past two years.
The RCL NEC last year announced that it had ousted Rantšo from the party’s leadership position accusing her of not cooperating with the national committee in its decisions.

They also accused her of not attending the party’s meetings even when she was invited.
She was also accused of making unilateral decisions over party matters.
Also, a special conference called by the RCL in Mafeteng descended into a farce when the two warring factions almost exchanged blows.

The conference descended into pandemonium that saw members against Rantšo tearing T-shirts that were emblazoned with her name and image.
Rantšo did not pick her phone when thepost called her.

Nkheli Liphoto


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