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Difa Mokhotlong wants elections nulliifed

Pascalinah Kabi MASERU — The Mokhotlong District Football Association (Difa) wants the Lesotho Football Association (Lefa) to declare its Sunday executive committee elections null and void, the Sunday Express has learnt. Former general secretary Sekonyela Molefe said they want the elections overturned after some delegates who were not supposed to vote were allowed to take part in the elections.

“The elections didn’t go as well as we had planned because the police failed to protect us when we sought help from them,” Molefe said. He said they sought the police’s protection soon after suspended individuals and teams invaded the general meeting on Sunday.

Molefe said according to the constitution only organs of Lefa in the districts have a right to participate in elections but these suspended individuals and teams were allowed to take part. “These people, particularly Lesotho Mounted Police Service (LMPS) which was suspended, took part in the elections and some of them were elected into office yet they didn’t have a right to be part of the elections,” he said.

He said they had since written a letter to Lefa detailing all their grievances about the Sunday elections. The letter was delivered to Lefa on Wednesday. Molefe, who was the Difa Mokhotlong general secretary, for the past four years, lost his bid to become first vice-president. He said their attempt to seek protection from police did not help because the LMPS team was involved in the election squabbles.

“Instead of protecting us, the police sided with their team (LMPS Mokhotlong) and the elections went ahead despite the fact that illegible people hijacked the general meeting,” Molefe said.

He said to show that the Sunday elections were null and void, Article 21 was not followed.

“According to our constitution Article 21 clearly states people eligible to be called delegates in any general meetings and elections. It states that soon after elections, there must be a handover from previous committee to the just elected committee but none of these things happened,” he said. Lefa acting chief executive officer, Mokhosi Mohapi, confirmed the association had received the letter from the Molefe-led camp. “Yes it is true that we received the letter but we are yet to set a date to debate its contents,” Mohapi said on Friday.

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