MASERU — Taelo Ntsokotsane was last weekend elected the new All Basotho Convention (ABC) youth league president during a stormy conference marred by allegations of irregularities.
Ntsokotsane replaces the controversial and outspoken Libe Moremoholo, 35, who did not seek re-election as he is above the age limit.
Under the ABC constitution youth league members must be aged 35 and below.
Ntsokotsane won the presidency after he was voted for by 233 of the 864 delegates.
Ntsokotsane went head to head with Kutloano Lerotha, the ABC’s National Assembly candidate for the Mphosong constituency who garnered just 196 votes.
The league’s former publicity secretary, Mohoalohoalo Jane, came a distant third with a measly 110 votes.
Tšoanelo Masasa was elected the new secretary general replacing Thebe Mokoatle, while former treasurer ’Malelaka Lehohla was succeeded by Moitheri Tjopa from the Lithoteng constituency.
Jane has been replaced by Mphonyane Lebesa from Thetsane constituency as the new publicity secretary while Reitumetse Tahleho from the Matsieng constituency is the league’s new recordings secretary.
The ordinary members are Mphokoane Foso and Paulina Khashole from the ’Makhoroana and ’Maliepetsane constituencies respectively.
Mokoatle, the league’s former secretary general, told the Lesotho Times last night that results for five remaining committee members would be counted next Wednesday.
“This is because the conference was dissolved before the counting process of the votes could be completed,” Mokoatle said.
Mokoatle said currently complaints from constituencies were still streaming in and that they will also be dealt with next Wednesday.
“We are currently awaiting complaints from constituencies and so far 10 constituencies have lodged complaints which have been forwarded to the executive committee,” Mokoatle said.
Mokoatle said the official hand-over ceremony would only be performed next Friday when all the outstanding issues had been dealt with.
“The old committee is still holding the reins because the official hand-over will only take place next Friday,” Mokoatle said.