MASERU — The main opposition Democratic Congress (DC) party’s interim executive committee was retained unchanged at an elective conference last weekend.
The committee will serve for a three-year term.
DC leader, Pakalitha Mosisili, deputy leader Monyane Moleleki, secretary general Ralechate ’Mokose, deputy secretary general Semano Sekatle, chairman Lebamang Maqaleha and treasurer ’Mamphono Khaketla all retained their posts at a conference that did not produce any surprises.
DC spokesperson Serialong Qoo, publicity secretary Tšoeu Mokeretla and deputy chairman Kose Makoa, all retained their posts as well.
The resolution to retain members of the interim executive committee was made by DC constituencies in their nominations which suggested that they wanted the founding committee to remain the party’s supreme body for the next three years.
Only one new member, Refiloe Litjobo, the party’s national assembly election candidate for the Koro-Koro constituency, made it into the elite committee after he was elected for a newly introduced post of deputy publicity secretary.
Litjobo beat DC youth league president, Mosala Mojakisane and former deputy home affairs minister Lineo Molise-Mabusela when he picked 583 votes against Mojakisane’s 522 and Molise’s 389.
The Lesotho Times understands that the conference also made resolutions which will be incorporated into the DC constitution while some will only be used as regulations.
When contacted for comment on the resolutions, ’Mokose said he was not in a position to divulge in detail the resolutions made.
“Yes, the conference did make resolutions but I’m still working on them at the moment.
“I will talk about them at a later stage,” ’Mokose said.
However, sources who were delegates at the conference and were present when some of the resolutions were being made shared with this paper on condition of anonymity what some of the resolutions are.
“Firstly, the conference resolved that anybody who becomes DC leader should not be in office for more than two terms in an attempt to create a clear succession plan, a decision likely to be infused into the constitution,” said one of the sources.
Secondly, another source added, DC MPs will from now on represent their respective constituencies for no more than two terms, after which they will be required “to step aside for other aspiring DC members”.
“This one is also likely to be adopted by the constitution,” the source said.
Another source who is also a former DC MP, added that during the conference, Mosisili also suggested that during elections in the DC, the “zebra system” should be used to allow for the “equal participation of men and women in the party’s executive committee”.
“Although this only came as a suggestion from the DC leader, chances are that it will be accepted.
“If they accept it, it’s likely to be adopted as a regulation,” the source said.
The “zebra system” is a mechanism that says if you pick a man for any post the next person should be a woman, or vice-versa.
The system seeks to achieve equal representation between men and women.
The source added the DC had resolved at the conference to reach out to all parties whose beliefs are founded on the congress ideology “to resolve their differences and work together”.
“The DC wants to mend fences with other congress parties and work together.
“For instance, in the event that the DC becomes government, it was resolved that members of other congress parties will form part of its cabinet,” the source revealed.