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High Court postpones LCD case

Nat Molomo

MASERU — The High Court on Friday postponed to August 6 an application seeking an order to compel the Lesotho Congress for Democracy (LCD)’s the national executive committee to call a special conference.
Justice Kelello Guni postponed the case to give counsel for the LCD executive committee, Senior Counsel Advocate Motiea Teele, time to file his heads of arguments.
The first respondent in the matter is the national executive committee while the LCD party is the second respondent.
The applicants are Rethabile Marumo, an MP for Mohobollo N0.12 Constituency, Ramahooana Matlosa, chairman of the LCD Youth League for the Maseru N0.32 Constituency and Ts’oeu Mokeretla, MP for Mashai Constituency N0. 76.
They want the court to compel the executive committee and the LCD to “show cause” why they cannot be directed to convene a special general conference to discuss petitions from 17 constituencies calling for the removal of the party leadership.
The applicants claim that the executive committee is using flimsy reasons to justify its refusal to organise a special conference to deal with the petitions.
They say the national committee had rejected calls for a special committee on the basis that the 17 petitions are not different from those previously filed by 26 other constituencies.
In their petitions the 26 constituencies had demanded the removal of all members of the executive committee except party leader Pakalitha Mosisili and his deputy Lesao Lehohla.
The 17 constituencies called for the removal of the executive committee as well as Mosisili and Lehohla.
Senior Counsel Advocate Kananelo Mosito is representing the applicants.
The two parties had decided that in order to save time and costs both points of law and merits of the case must be argued simultaneously.
“We have filed points of law before we transverse the merits, but this morning the applicants said even though we were ready to argue on the points of law it would be in the interest of all if we approach the matter holistically on points of law and merits,” Teele told the court.
Justice Guni told curious LCD members who packed the court room that the case would be heard in the High Court on August 6 at 10 am.

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