MASERU — Youth leaders of three political parties in the coalition government on Tuesday said it was unfair for Democratic Congress (DC) secretary general Ralechate ‘Mokose to compare them with Thuso Litjobo.
Litjobo was fired from his job as a driver in the Ministry of Energy for allegedly abusing government vehicles to attend political meetings.
The youth leaders from the All Basotho Convention (ABC), Lesotho Congress for Democracy (LCD) and Basotho National Party (BNP), said it was unfair for ‘Mokose to put them in the same bracket as Litjobo because “we never committed similar offences”.
In a letter addressed to Energy Minister Timothy Thahane dated August 13, ‘Mokose said the ABC youth league publicity secretary Jane Mohoalohoalo, the LCD youth league chairman Rorisang Mokoena and the BNP youth league president Ts’eliso Lesenya were civil servants who were “also politically active and vocal”.
‘Mokose called on the coalition government to mete out similar punishment to that of Litjobo to the trio in order to deal with issues “in an even handed manner”.
But Mokoena told this paper that his understanding was that Litjobo used a government vehicle not assigned for politics “to attend political rallies”.
“Why would Ntate ‘Mokose make the comparisons when I’ve never driven a government vehicle to political rallies? The comparison is illogical,” Mokoena said.
“Litjobo attended political rallies using a government vehicle not assigned for the purpose. Again, Litjobo was a civil servant, his was not a political post.”
According to Mokoena, ‘Mokose was “way off the mark to compare me with Litjobo”.
Mokoena said he strongly believed that Litjobo was fired more for misusing a government vehicle than making political statements on radio.
Lesenya said it defied logic why he should even be compared with Litjobo because when “I comment on radio it’s never about petty issues”.
“My comments on radio are always given at an academic level. They are never about cheap and petty politics. I never comment about individuals within party ranks,” Lesenya said.
“I respond only to issues pertaining to development. Besides, I don’t drive government vehicles and I’ve never attended a political rally using one.”
Mohoalohoalo said he wished to reserve his comment because he was not in the light regarding “why Litjobo was fired”.
He said since the letter was addressed to Thahane, it was up to the minister to establish if indeed he (Mohoalohoalo) was committing acts “which give his ministry a bad image”.
“It really is up to the minister to make a decision,” Mohoahoalo said.