Rantšo ‘booted out’

Rantšo ‘booted out’

MASERU-A FACTION of the Reformed Congress of Lesotho (RCL) says it has ousted party leader Keketso Rantšo.
It says the party has now elected Home Affairs principal secretary ’Machabana Lemphane-Letsie to take over.
Lemphane-Letsie was elected the new RCL leader at a controversial elective conference held in Pencost Hall, Khubetsoana, on Saturday. The conference went ahead despite a High Court order to block it.

High Court judge Justice Tšeliso Monaphathi last week barred the RCL from holding the conference, two weeks after Rantšo failed in her bid to stop the indaba.
The judge dismissed the case saying it was not urgent.
However, despite that earlier ruling, the High Court changed its mind and decided to hear Rantšo on an urgent basis. It then issued an order barring her rivals from holding the elective conference.

A jovial newly elected secretary general, Retšelisitsoe Lesane, who has been fighting Rantšo for months after she fired him as her personal aide, said they “successfully ousted our former leader Keketso Rantšo”.
Lesane said their conference was supposed to have been held on February 15 but Rantšo “went to court and the court did not rule on the matter”.
“The court (ruled that) Rantšo’s application (was not urgent),” Lesane said.

He said they then scheduled their conference to February 22 and Rantšo went to court again and the court stopped the conference.
“We had received letters from constituencies requesting a conference,” he said.
He said at the conference members decided to dissolve the Rantšo-led committee and elect a new national executive committee.
“The constituencies asked for oneness in the party,” he said.

“Our mandate is to unite our political party so that it grows.”
He said Rantšo lost even the position she was nominated for.
“We recommended her for the veterans committee but she was not elected.”

The newly elected committee has Machabana Lemphane-Letsie as the leader and Poeea Letsielo as her deputy.
Secretary General is Retšelisitsoe Lesane and his deputy is Makatiso Mokone.
Treasurer is Thulo Bataung while the chairman is Motlatsi Mphulenyane and his deputy is Nyepetsi Mlongeni.
The spokesman is Setjeo Malibo with Refiloe Mokapane serving as his deputy while the national organiser is Liteboho Bale.

Other committee members are Teboho Moletsane, ’Mampolokeng Thelisi, Khotso Koele and Bolaoane Khanyetsi.
The newly elected committee then wrote a letter to the Registrar of Societies notifying her that the RCL has a new committee and that the old committee’s names should be withdrawn.
On the other hand the Rantšo faction’s secretary general, Nthakho Monare, said they were not even given invitations as members of the RCL national executive committee to attend the conference.

Monare said the party leader was not present at the conference and the only committee member present was Lesane.
“Even some elected people were not present to show that the conference was not lawful,” Monare said.
She also said they do not accept the conference’s outcome and its newly elected committee.

“Keketso Rantšo is still the party leader,” she said.
“We are yet to decide on what to do next.”
She said they intend to notify the Registrar of Societies that the new committee was not lawfully elected.
The party’s special conference held in Mafeteng last October descended into a farce when the two warring factions almost exchanged blows.
The conference, which was held under heavy police guard, had been called to elect a new party secretary general after Lesane’s relations with Rantšo soured.

Nkheli Liphoto

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