The Democratic Congress (DC) will unveil its election manifesto at a star rally to be held in Ha Foso this afternoon.
The party would also reveal its candidates for the 28 February 2015 parliamentary election at the rally.
The party’s Elections Committee Secretary, Popane Lebesa, told the Sunday Express that the rally would mark the beginning of the DC’s campaign for the snap election.
“So far, the party has endorsed 66 candidates. We are currently dealing with complaints regarding primary elections in four constituencies, while 10 other constituencies are yet to submit their primary election reports.
“So on Sunday, the DC will officially begin its election campaign and the rally is going to be addressed by our leader, Ntate Mosisili, who will reveal the names of the candidates, and our manifesto,” said Mr Lebesa.
Mr Lebesa emphasised the DC had ensured candidates were selected through a free and fair internal process.
“We have heard some people say the party imposed these candidates, but it should be made clear that the DC has no policy which allows former Members of Parliament (MPs) to automatically qualify to represent the party.
“Everybody has to go through a rigorous selection process before being endorsed as a candidate.”
Mr Lebesa further said after today’s rally, the DC would be holding rallies across Lesotho until the poll.
“The rally schedule for Ntate Mosisili and our deputy leader, (Monyane Moleleki) will also be announced in Ha Foso on Sunday.”
Mr Lebesa highlighted the party’s manifesto responds to the various challenges the country is currently going through.
“Our manifesto responds to some of the challenges we saw our society face during the short-lived tenure of the coalition government.
“For instance on education, particularly high schools, the government raised school fees and we will be responding to that in our manifesto,” Lebesa said.
Lesotho is holding an early election after the coalition government collapsed due to differences between Prime Minister Thomas Thabane and his deputy Mothetjoa Metsing.
Mr Metsing had publicly accused Dr Thabane of violating the Coalition Agreement the three party leaders, including Thesele ‘Maseribane, signed when their parties—Lesotho Congress for Democracy, All Basotho Convention and Basotho National party respectively—formed government in June 2012.
Top among Mr Metsing’s complaints was Dr Thabane’s failure to consult his fellow government leaders when making key decisions.
After efforts by various stakeholders to bring the warring parties to an amicable agreement had failed, a deal was brokered by the Southern African Development Community to hold a snap election on 28 February 2015.