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High Court stops BCP conference

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MASERU — The High Court on Friday issued an interim order barring the Basutoland Congress Party (BCP) from holding an elective conference which was set for this weekend.

A faction of the BCP wanted to hold a conference this weekend to elect a new national executive committee of the party.

The faction that wanted to hold the conference is led by Matsobane Putsoa.

The faction is locked in a vicious power struggle with BCP leader Thulo Mahlakeng.

The decision to organise the elective conference came after the High Court last September ruled that the Basutoland Congress Party and Basotho Congress Party were two separate political parties.

The judgment was delivered by Justice Thamsanqa Nomncongo.

The BCP, under Mahlakeng’s leadership, was not satisfied with the judgment and appealed against it.

The party argues there is no entity called the Basutoland Congress Party because the same name was amended to read Basotho Congress Party.

The case is still pending in the Court of Appeal.

But High Court judge, Justice Tšeliso Monaphathi on Friday granted an interim order to stop the conference until a decision whether to wait for the Court of Appeal to rule on the matter or not is heard on Wednesday.

Justice Monaphathi’s interim order called upon Putsoa and 13 other respondents to advance reasons on Wednesday why they “shall not be interdicted forthwith from organising and/or holding a purported conference or meeting of Basutoland Congress Party currently called Basotho Congress Party on the 14th to 15th January or any other time pending the determination of C of A (CIV) 45/2011 now pending before the Court of Appeal.”

The Basotho Congress Party is arguing that the conference should not be held until the Court of Appeal has ruled on the matter.

The party and its executive committee had approached the court seeking an order to declare the conference null and void.

This argument will be heard on Wednesday.

Basotho Congress Party’s secretary general, ‘Mateboho Noko, in her affidavit, says Putsoa and his faction want to hold a conference despite the pending appeal case because they want to cause confusion in the party.

“I respectfully submit that respondents’ frantic moves to call a conference instead of waiting for the outcome of the appeal are intended to sow confusion among the entire members of BCP.

“I respectfully submit further that the conference contemplated by the respondents is not and cannot be the conference of Basutoland Congress Party now called Basotho Congress Party or Lekhotla la Mahatammoho because there is not even a pretence to follow the provisions of the former constitution of Basutoland Congress Party or the new constitution,” she states.

Putsoa’s faction argues that Mahlakeng unilaterally changed the party’s name from Basutoland Congress Party to Basotho Congress Party.

The Court of Appeal will hear the appeal on the BCP fiasco during its special sitting on January 23.

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