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Opposition youth leaders lash out at LCD

MASERU — The Lesotho Congress for Democracy (LCD) youth league yesterday came under fire from the opposition for condemning this week’s strike by textile workers.
In a press statement on Tuesday the LCD youth league described the decision to embark on a stayaway as “politically motivated”.
The ruling party’s youth league secretary-general, Lebaka Bulane, said were it not for the interference of opposition political leaders “the situation would be different”.
The three-day stayaway that was organised by five factory workers unions namely Factory Workers Union (FAWU), Lesotho Congress Alliance of Factory Workers Unions (LECAWU), United Textile Employees (UNITE), National Union of Textile Workers (NUTEX) and Lesotho Security Workers Unions (LSWU) saw taxi operator organisations riding on the back of the textile workers protest.
Lesotho’s textile industry is the largest employer after government, with about 40 000 workers on its payroll.
However, All Basotho Convention (ABC) youth league president Libe Moremoholo yesterday said the LCD youth league should “withdraw the statement immediately”.
“It is utterly arrogant and borders on the immature. They should withdraw their statement,” Moremoholo said.
The controversial and outspoken ABC youth leader, who was last year slapped with a two-month suspension from parliament as the Likhetlane constituency MP, said it was ironic that just a week ago the LCD youth league had joined forces with its peers from the opposition to condemn the recent call by some opposition parties “to call off local government elections”.
“Wasn’t that politically motivated? We are not in the least wrong for supporting the workers. This is just the tip of the iceberg, more is yet to come and there’s no turning back,” Moremoholo said.
Moremoholo added that as the opposition, they were on a mission to support the struggle for the realisation of human rights as they were currently being trampled on.
Lesotho People’s Congress (LPC) youth league leader Bokang Ramats’ella accused the LCD youth league of still being “wet behind the ears politically”.
“They are political novices and are yet to learn a lot of lessons.
“Downing tools for workers and involving politicians has been a step in the right direction for our politics,” Ramats’ella said. The LPC youth leader also took a swipe at home affairs minister Lesao Lehohla for having “lost the plot”.
“Why did he have to revoke the permit for workers to demonstrate today (yesterday)? All he has done is score cheap political points,” Ramats’ella charged.
“If this is a democratic country, then people should be allowed to express their discontent. Barring them from doing so is as good as defying the course of justice.”
Basotho National Party (BNP) youth president Tšepo Monethi chastised the LCD youth league for being ignorant.
“What is he (Bulane) saying? He’s talking nonsense and that’s that. Factory workers belong to political parties and as politicians is to show concern and support for them,” Monethi said.
“It’s stupid for the LCD youth league to call for our exclusion from what is currently happening. Should we just go silent when people are being enslaved?”

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