The Democratic Congress (DC) National Executive Committee (NEC) on Thursday resolved to hold an inquiry into factional fighting that threatens the party’s stability.
The party’s decision-making body held an emergency meeting in Maseru to discuss the infighting which has dominated social and public media over recent weeks.
The squabbling involves members of the Youth League and has been escalating over recent months.
According to party spokesperson Serialong Qoo, the NEC would be holding the inquiry on 11 June in Maseru and DC leader and Prime Minister Pakalitha Mosisili is expected to be in attendance.
The NEC had hoped to discuss the bitter fallout on Thursday but Dr Mosisili could not attend due to his demanding schedule.
According to DC insiders, one of the factions is supporting Dr Mosisili while the other is backing his deputy, Police Minister Monyane Moleleki, for the leadership of the party.
Youth League leader Thuso Litjobo last weekend exposed the extent of the rift when he launched a scathing attack on his Women’s League counterpart, Dr Pontšo Sekatle.
Mr Litjobo threatened to “expose” Dr Sekatle’s “personal secrets” if she “continues sowing divisions” within the party.
Mr Litjobo made the threat in his opening speech at the League’s ninth district conference held on Saturday night in Maseru.
He also accused Dr Sekatle of despising Mr Moleleki, which he said was “the root cause” of the internal strife which is threatening to split the DC.
Mr Litjobo further claimed he had been reliably informed Dr Sekatle, who is also Local Government and Chieftainship Affairs Minister, was allegedly planning to defect to the Lesotho Congress for Democracy together with four other ministers. Repeated efforts by the Sunday Express to get Dr Sekatle’s side of the story have proved fruitless.
But according to Mr Qoo, the inquiry is meant to resolve whatever differences might be existing among party members.
“Our leader, Dr Mosisili, failed to make it to the meeting because he had other engagements which needed his urgent attention. This was because he is going to be away on an international trip.
“However, the party’s deputy leader was the one who chaired the meeting and among the decisions reached, the key one was that there should be an inquiry into the alleged infighting within the party,” Mr Qoo said.
“We decided that all party members who have been on radio programmes and quoted in newspapers making accusations against one another should be called to the 11 June meeting. They are going to be given a chance to present their arguments to the party’s NEC when our leader is back.
“Letters will be written to these disgruntled members’ constituency committees so they can be released to attend this 11 June meeting.”