MASERU — Mohoalohoalo Jane, the former All Basotho Convention (ABC) youth league publicity secretary, is a very unhappy man after he failed to land the youth wing’s presidency on Saturday.
Jane lost the presidency to Taelo Ntsokotsane.
In an interview with the Lesotho Times on Tuesday a fuming Jane alleged the whole election process “was devoid of transparency and fairness”.
He accused the party’s treasurer general, Sam Rapapa, of interfering with the election process at Ecol premises in Khubetsoana.
Rapapa was observing the election on behalf of the ABC’s national executive committee.
Jane alleged that key clauses of the ABC constitution were not adhered to in the selection of candidates thereby “compromising the election”.
He also alleged that Rapapa dissolved the conference before the counting of votes was completed telling those who were interested in seeing the rest of the results to go to the ABC headquarters.
“He also ended up participating in the election by issuing orders and giving directions although his role was only to observe the process,” Jane said.
Jane also lashed out at former youth league president, Libe Moremoholo, for not ensuring that the conference passed resolutions and that the new committee was given a mandate for the next three years of its tenure of office.
He added that the ruling party had dismally failed to observe its own constitution when it failed to ensure that the party’s leader and Prime Minister Thomas Thabane closed the conference.
Jane said he felt compromised because candidates he was competing with “probably did not qualify to contest the election”.
He said under section C (1) of the ABC constitution it is a requirement that all who contest executive committee, women’s and youth leagues elections be members of the party for no less than 36 months.
“The section adds that these candidates should also have been members of their respective constituency committees, be it the constituency youth or women’s committees,” Jane said.
“The constitution adds that members should also have paid their annual subscription, were not at any given time expelled from the party, be familiar with the ABC constitution and willing to protect the party at all costs.”
In the absence of a screening process to verify if candidates met these conditions, Jane said, the election was seriously compromised because “there are many people in the new committee who don’t meet these requirements”.
He added that it was weird that the ABC expected people to adhere to the country’s constitution “when we as a ruling party are not doing the same”.
“If we have our own law setting conditions for members to participate in various structures of the party, why compromise it?” Jane quipped.
He added it was time the ABC rooted out corruption from within its ranks if “we want to be seen to be fighting corruption”.
“The election process was devoid of transparency and fairness. I’m an advocate of these principles and fought for that during the national election campaigns,” Jane said.
“Why do we as a party continue to be corrupt when we never cease to accuse the IEC (Independent Electoral Commission) of such? Why do we need free and fair elections at national level when we can’t exercise that in our own party?”
Jane said the new youth executive committee is faced with mammoth challenges because it was not issued with a roadmap with which to work and mechanisms to tackle challenges facing the youth.
He accused Moremoholo of rushing the election process instead of ensuring that the conference made resolutions and formulated a mandate for the new committee.
“No resolutions were made. This new committee has no mandate. In the absence of a clear mandate to tackle challenges facing the youth, how is it expected to operate?” Jane asked.
“The conference is one of the party’s structures serving as a platform to discuss issues and make important decisions. It was not the case with this conference.”
He said the Tsikoane, Stadium Area, Maseru Central, Motimposo, Likhoele and Mafeteng constituencies had already lodged complaints regarding the election process and results.