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Lawyer wants ABC nomination halted

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MASERU — A top lawyer has asked the High Court to stop the nomination of a candidate to represent the opposition All Basotho Convention (ABC) party in this year’s general election.

Haae Phoofolo said the court should order the ABC to suspend the nomination process for Maseru Central constituency pending the finalisation of his appeal against his suspension from the party.

Phoofolo was suspended from the ABC, Lesotho’s biggest opposition party, last December.

He also wants the High Court to declare his suspension from the party null and void after alleging he was not given a hearing.

Phoofolo last month told the Lesotho Times that his suspension was an attempt by his political opponents to derail his nomination as the ABC’s candidate for Maseru Central
constituency.

He told High Court judge Justice Semapo Peete on Tuesday that his troubles began after the ABC held a rally at Katlehong in December.

He said the chairperson for the ABC’s Maseru Central constituency committee, Futho Hoohlo, had in August last year laid a complaint against him that he had verbally abused him at the party’s special conference.

Phoofolo said Hoohlo wanted the Katlehong branch committee to take action against him.

But he denied ever insulting Hoohlo.

“David Seutloali told him (Hoohlo) that he (Hoohlo) seemed to have made the ABC his mother’s party.

“I did not insult him. David uttered those words to him, not me!” Phoofolo said. Hoohlo is also eyeing nomination for the same constituency.

Phoofolo told the court that on November 27 ABC leader, Thomas Thabane, chaired a rally at Katlehong.

Phoofolo said it was after that rally that he realised that he was no longer in good books with his fellow comrades in the party.

“Things started rolling after 27th November.”

He said there was a constituency committee meeting on December 7 where it was conspired that the ABC’s executive committee should be advised that he as the Katlehong branch committee chairman should be dismissed from the party because he had interfered with the leader’s
rally.

“I received a suspension letter dated 8th December,” Phoofolo
said.

He told the High Court that his suspension was malicious because it came at a time when ABC members were eyeing nomination for candidature for the general election likely to be held in May.

Phoofolo says he is determined to stand in Maseru Central constituency for the ABC.

He also alleges that the Maseru constituency committee is seeking his ouster after he announced his intention to contest against constituency chairman, Futho Hoohlo, for nomination.

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