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Tekateka joins BNP presidential race

Bongiwe Zihlangu

MASERU — Yet another Basotho National Party (BNP) hopeful for the presidency has unveiled his campaign just a week before the highly anticipated elective conference.

Mokheseng Tekateka announced on Friday at a press briefing that he has joined the fray for the BNP elite post after he was urged “by the people”.

“It was not an easy decision to make. But having been approached by Basotho of goodwill from all social spectrums, I decided to join in,” Tekateka said.

Teketeka said his decision was influenced mainly by the fact that Basotho were not a happy people and that he wanted to take a stance instead of just pointing out at mistakes “without doing anything about it”.

Asked what it was that he thought set him apart from other candidates, Tekateka simply replied “I was never part of the discord in the BNP”.

“My aim is to unify the BNP. But it’s difficult to achieve that when you are part of the problem. I am here to fix things,” Tekateka said.

His vision for the BNP, he said, was to promote transparency and teach people that as leaders “we answer to them”.

“The most basic element of democracy is sensitising people about the fact that as leaders we answer to them,” Tekateka said.

Like other contenders, Tekateka also said he would push for constitutional reforms because the BNP constitution “is full of loopholes”.

Tekateka would however not speak ill of ousted BNP leader Metsing Lekhanya.

Although he insinuated that the BNP had lost membership especially in the past decade due to poor leadership and the neglect of party structures he said he was not going “to point fingers”.   

 “I have played my part in neutralising the situation in times of conflict. I would like to believe that BNP supporters are familiar with me,” Tekateka said.

The BNP is expected to elect a new leader at a party conference in Maseru next weekend.

Seven candidates have registered their interest to contest for the top job.

Acting BNP president Thesele ’Maseribane will battle it out with veterans Majara Molapo, Kopano Makoa, Ranthomeng Matete, Pius Molapo, Tekateka and ’Mabatloung Lillane for the presidency.

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