Lefa to meet over vote-buying saga

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phafaneBy Mikia Kalati

MASERU — The Lesotho Football Association (Lefa) will on Saturday hold an emergency congress following the football governing body’s presidential elections last month that were marred by allegations of vote buying.

The association’s president, Salemane Phafane, and his executive committee last Wednesday held a press conference to defend himself against allegations that he paid around M17 000 to entertain a delegation of 25 representatives of the eight District Football Associations (Difa).

Phafane told a media briefing that he did not pay the hotel costs for a delegation of 25 Difa representatives that slept and dined at the Golden Hotel in Mafeteng on the eve of the October 26 presidential elections that were held at Bambatha Tšita Sports Arena.

Phafane retained his position defeating his challenger, Lebohang Thotanyana by 39 votes to 12.

It was during this press briefing that the association announced that they will hold an emergency conference this coming Saturday to decide the future of its vice president, Thotanyana, whose office received the invoice addressed to Matete.

Lefa public relations officer, Thabo Maretlane, confirmed to this paper that indeed the Saturday meeting will go on as planned.

This paper has been reliably informed the congress’s main agenda will be the future of Thotanyana plus recommendations on his replacement if he is found guilty by the congress.

Bantu president, John Leuta and former Lefa public relations officer, Baba Malephane have been identified as possible replacements for Thotanyana.

 

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