RCL faction says no to new coalition

RCL faction says no to new coalition

MASERU-A faction within the Reformed Congress of Lesotho (RCL) says it is hostile to the decision to join the new coalition government.
The faction accuses Keketso Rantšo, whose position as the party’s leader is disputed, of making an arbitrary decision to withdraw the party from the coalition led by Prime Minister Thomas Thabane.

Rantšo who is the RCL’s only MP informed Speaker Sephiri Motanyane, in two letters, that the party was withdrawing from the current coalition government.

She said the RCL has joined the new coalition government of 10 parties that is still led by the All Basotho Convention (ABC).
This has angered the faction led by ’Machabana Lemphane-Letsie who claims to be the rightful RCL leader after her controversial election at a disputed conference three months ago.

Yesterday Lemphane-Letsie told thepost that they will censure Rantšo for indiscipline.
“She signed the letter as the leader of RCL and we are watching her closely for doing that,” Lemphane-Letsie said.
She said Rantšo did not consult the party’s executive committee before making the decision.

Rantšo, Lemphane-Letsie said, has jumped the gun because the party is yet to take a position on the new coalition government.
Rantšo had no right to make decisions for the party because she was ousted as the party leader, Lemphane-Letsie said.

In the letters written to Motanyane, Rantšo said the party’s executive committee had made the decision.
Rantšo was talking about the executive committee she claims to lead, not the one that was recently elected at a conference she was not part of and is led by Lemphane-Letsie.

Rantšo has since filed a High Court case challenging the legality of the conference that elected Lemphane-Letsie and her committee.
Rantšo argues that she is the only leader of the party.
But Lemphane-Letsie told thepost that Rantšo appears to have forgotten that she represents the RCL in parliament.

Retšelisitsoe Lesane, who claims to be the RCL’s new secretary, has also accused Rantšo of being “a sell-out and opportunist who is looking for chances to be a minister”.

Lesane, who used to be Rantšo’s personal aide, said Rantšo used to support outgoing Prime Minister Thomas Thabane’s faction in the All Basotho Convention (ABC) but has now switched sides because she wants to remain a minister.

Rantšo did not answer her phone last night but Nthakho Monare, her faction’s secretary general, said she “took a mandate from the party’s national executive committee”.

Nkheli Liphoto

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