MASERU — The All Basotho Convention (ABC) party has appointed little-known Koro-Koro constituency member Thabiso Lits’iba as the party’s new secretary general.
Lits’iba, 56, who claims to be a business management specialist, replaces acting secretary-general Sam Rapapa, who had been holding fort since July last year when former secretary general Macaefa Billy was sacked from the ABC.
Billy was sacked after the ABC pulled out of the alliance with the Lesotho Workers Party (LWP), which he leads.
At that time the ABC said Billy had been removed for incompetence and insubordination.
But in a November 4 circular, Rapapa said Lits’iba was appointed after the disciplinary committee established that Billy had failed to pay his subscription fees to the party.
“Former secretary general Macaefa Billy was sacked from the party’s executive committee for failure to pay his membership subscription for two consecutive years, from 2009 to 2011,” Rapapa said in the circular.
“As per the decision of the disciplinary committee, at its November 1 meeting, the executive committee decided to fill the vacant position of secretary general.
“We therefore appeal to all ABC members and the rest of the public to support the appointment of the new secretary general for the betterment of the party.”
Lits’iba, a former member of the Basotho Congress Party (BCP), joined the ABC at its formation in 2006.
He told the Lesotho Times yesterday afternoon that he was thrilled to have landed the coveted position.
“I was up against three other people, there were four of us. I can’t say what it is they (executive committee) saw in me,” Lits’iba said.
He said he will only come up with his plan of action after he has familiarised himself with his new environment.
“It’s worth noting that before I can even start working, I have to identify areas of weakness within the party and propose to my colleagues how we can formulate some alternative strategies,” Lits’iba said.
“We work as a team and as such we will work together to devise means to work around whatever problems there currently are for the betterment of the ABC.”
Lits’iba said he first got involved in politics in 1976 when he was a high school student.