MASERU — Basotho National Party (BNP) youth league president, Tšeliso Lesenya, says he was never involved in the selection of candidates who would work as ministers’ private secretaries.
“I was never part of the selection panel. Chief Joang Molapo for one interviewed his own candidates.
“I can assure you that my name is being dragged through the mud unnecessarily,” Lesenya said.
Lesenya also blamed “rogue elements in the party” for planning to pass the no-confidence motion against him.
He said he believed the plan to oust him was concocted by aggrieved youth members “looking to get certain positions”.
“There are people who wish they were voted to certain positions and will do everything in their power to point at other peoples’ weaknesses,” Lesenya said.
“But then again, every structure has dissidents.
“I’m neither fazed nor shaken by this. There are always plans brewing in the background to oust the incumbent leader.”
Lesenya admitted that there might have been tensions brewing in the background but that his peers should not have “brought the media into it”.
“I’m surprised that there are people in the BNP who choose to discuss their grievances in the media.
“This goes totally against BNP policy,” Lesenya said.
“There are relevant structures in the BNP where issues are discussed and dealt with effectively.”
According to Lesenya, accusations of incompetence levelled against him were unfounded because he had done his utmost to ensure that the BNP youth league implemented resolutions made by the elective conference.
One of the resolutions, Lesenya said, was bringing unity not only in the BNP “but to Lesotho in general”.
“There’s unity in Lesotho and the fact that we have a coalition government is testimony to that.
“I was part of the negotiations that gave birth to this government,” Lesenya said.
“This means as the BNP, we have achieved our goal of becoming government in 2012.”
On the issue of the youth committee not having formal meetings since it was elected last year, Lesenya said that was borne of “inevitable delays”.
“On occasions that we informed the executive committee that we wanted to have a formal youth committee sitting, something always came up,” Lesenya said.
For instance, he said, when the committee was supposed to sit in December, then came the December 9 commemoration of the 1982 massacre which was a collaboration between the BNP and the African National Congress.
“In January we had to prepare for the BNP women’s league elective conference while in March we had the leadership conference,” Lesenya said.
“Then in April we had our elective conference after which the party had to commit to the 2012 electoral campaign.”