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Another audio clip rocks DC

 

DC Youth League President Thuso Litjobo (left) and Communications Minister Khotso Letsatsi
DC Youth League President Thuso Litjobo (left) and Communications Minister Khotso Letsatsi

. . . as senior officials vow to take each other to court

’Marafaele Mohloboli

INFIGHTING in the ruling Democratic Congress (DC) has reached fever pitch following the leaking of another controversial audio which has resulted in two senior party officials threatening to take each other to court.

DC senior official and Communications Minister Khotso Letsatsi yesterday told the Sunday Express he intends to sue youth league President Thuso Litjobo for allegedly recording their phone conversation without his consent.

In the leaked audio clip, which has since gone viral on social media, Mr Letsatsi is heard imploring Mr Litjobo and a woman identifying herself as ’Matsikane Khali to stop airing their grievances through the media.

This was after a Radio Lesotho programme in which Mr Litjobo and other youth league members were being interviewed was abruptly ended at the instruction of Mr Letsatsi. Following the interruption, a fuming Mr Litjobo called Mr Letsatsi wanting to know why he had directed the programme to end.

In the conversation, Mr Litjobo and Ms Khali also complain about the infighting in the party and the Lesotho Congress for Democracy’s (LCD) alleged “domination” of the DC.

“Let’s sit down and iron out our issues instead of attacking each other like this over the radio,” Mr Letsatsi is heard saying in the audio clip.

Mr Litjobo: “There is no single day when we shall sit down because there is no peace within the party.”

Mr Letsatsi: “Let’s all come and sit down and iron out our issues. The leader (Prime Minister Pakalitha Mosisili) should also come and be part of the discussions. I don’t want to see this country burning. If you feel that I have stepped on your toes by calling off the programme, I am really sorry.

“I am going to confront the leader and call for an urgent meeting and iron out this matter (infighting). We can’t work in silos like this.”

Mr Litjobo: “You don’t reprimand each other as leaders Ntate Letsatsi. And what are you going to tell the leader?”

Ms Khali: “I am very angry. Make sure you sit down with the leader, because this problem has gone viral. You have allowed the LCD to ride on our necks and take us wherever they are headed just because we are in a coalition government. It’s not fair on us who are always campaigning for you to be ministers and members of parliament.

“We have asked you, and I personally asked you on several occasions to deal with this factionalism and you did nothing.”

Mr Letsatsi: “Unfortunately, I was not part of the sub-committee dealing with the matter.

Ms Khali: “In as much as you were not part of the committee, it is your responsibility to foresee danger when it is looming.

“You better hurry up and act on this matter. We have had enough of these ‘girlfriends and butterflies’ (DC factions) issue. Today it’s Friday, and we demand an answer by Monday. We have reached a point where we are ready to be killed if they want to kill us. Go tell them that we are ready to die because some of us are already receiving death threats.”

Mr Letsatsi: “Please don’t talk like that.”

Commenting on the leaked audio yesterday, Mr Letsatsi said he was “disgusted” that his private conversation was recorded.

“I don’t know what to say. This is very disgusting and out of order. I don’t know if they are aware that recording a private conversation without another party’s consent is a criminal offence. What they did is illegal and disgusting,” he said.

“I am going to take legal action against them. That radio station (Radio Lesotho) is state property, and regardless of the side they were representing, I don’t entertain such abuse. That’s why I ordered them to all vacate the studio.”

However, Mr Litjobo told the Sunday Express he was “shocked” the conversation had been recorded saying: “We shall see who, between me and the minister, will get to court first. How can he stoop so low as to record me and call off the show while we were on air.”

Efforts to get in touch with Ms Khali were unsuccessful yesterday. However, Mr Litjobo confirmed she was the female voice in the audio clip.

For his part, LCD spokesperson Teboho Sekata said he didn’t understand the accusations leveled at his party by the DC officials.

“I think they are accusing us of influencing some of their members to defect to our party. I find it quite funny because they are also doing the same,” said Mr Sekata.

“It’s not true that we are riding on their necks. However, we shall wait and see what happens next.”

 

 

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