A FACTION of the Reformed Congress of Lesotho (RCL) has accused the ruling All Basotho Convention (ABC) and Democratic Congress (DC) of meddling in the party’s internal affairs by continuing to recognise and work with its “ousted” leader Keketso Rantšo.
The RCL faction led by the former principal secretary in the Ministry of Home Affairs, ’Machabane Lemphane-Letsie, is particularly unhappy with the new Moeketsi Majoro administration for re-appointing Ms Rantšo to the Labour and Employment portfolio.
Ms Rantšo, who has led the RCL since its formation in 2014, was “ousted” from her post at a “special conference” held by the party in Berea in March 2020.
She was “replaced” as party leader by Ms Lemphane-Letsie.
Shortly afterwards, Ms Lemphane-Letsie’s faction appealed to the then government led by ABC leader Thomas Thabane not to work with Ms Rantšo as she was no longer RCL leader.
But the new ABC-DC coalition, led by Dr Majoro, continues to work with Ms Rantšo as shown by her re-appointment as Labour and Employment minister.
Ms Rantšo held the same post in the previous Thabane-led four party coalition which ruled Lesotho from June 2017 until it was toppled on 11 May 2020.
The previous government comprised of Mr Thabane’s ABC, the RCL, Basotho National Party (BNP) and the Alliance of Democrats (AD). It has been replaced by a new ABC-DC coalition which excludes Mr Thabane and former Deputy Prime Minister Monyane Moleleki’s AD.
The RCL and BNP have been roped in as junior partners in the new ABC-DC government along with the Movement for Economic Change (MEC), Popular Front for Democracy (FPD), Basotho Congress Party (BCP), National Independent Party (NIP), Marematlou Freedom Party (MFP) and the Democratic Party of Lesotho (DPL).