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DC to hold first leadership conference

MASERU — The main opposition Democratic Congress (DC) will next Saturday hold its first leadership conference to reflect on the party’s performance since its formation in February.

DC interim secretary general Ralechate ’Mokose told the Sunday Express yesterday that the main agenda of the conference will be a review of the progress the party had made since it was formed seven months ago.

“The main purpose of the conference is to reflect back on the journey travelled by the DC since its formation, the road leading to the May 26 poll and the aftermath,” ’Mokose said.

“Our experiences as a party as well as the challenges we’ve had to face will also feature dominantly on the agenda.”

’Mokose said the conference will delve deep into the DC’s preparations for the last election and how the party performed.

“It is in the light of these discussions that we’ll be able to map a clear way forward and formulate a strategy on growing the party further,” ’Mokose said.

However, ’Mokose was quick to add that party leader and former Prime Minister Pakalitha Mosisili’s speech will “set the tone for the conference’s direction”.

“The DC leader’s opening speech of the conference will set the tone for what the main items on the agenda should be,” ’Mokose said.

“The speeches by the secretary general and the treasurer will also contribute immensely.”

The DC was formed by Mosisili after a two-year factional battle in the Lesotho Congress for Democracy (LCD) which he led for fifteen years.

It is also expected that the conference will make proposals which will be carried to the annual general conference for endorsement.

’Mokose added that the conference will also discuss the party’s first annual general conference scheduled for January 31 as dictated by the DC constitution.

The annual general conference,’Mokose said, will also see the first elective conference of the party “where a new national executive committee will be elected”.

“On Saturday we will discuss preparations for the January elective conference where the DC’s new NEC will be elected,” ’Mokose said.

Meanwhile the LCD is also gearing itself for its first leadership conference since Mosisili’s departure, scheduled for October 12 at the ’Manthabiseng Convention Centre.

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