Court orders ABC to find political solution to infighting
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By Mamello Mosaefane
High Court judge Polo Banyane has ordered All Basotho Convention’s National Executive Committee to deal with internal fights using party structures as a call for party leader Thomas Thabane and others ouster is a political matter.
Party’s national executive committee members Sekhonyana Mosenene and Thabo Sekonyela had filed an urgent application before court seeking its intervention in their quest to have ABC’s leader and former Prime Minister Thabane removed as party leader due to his ill-health.
The due argued Thabane is not fit to continue discharging functions of the leader of the political party on account of his illness.
Mosenene and Sekonyela wanted the intervention of the court in the removal and appointing a person to manage the affairs of the leader of ABC.
Thabane was according to applicants’ affidavit diagnosed with cancer and dementia among other illnesses.
In his statement in the affidavit, Mosenene, therefore, stated that the matter should be urgently dealt with as failure to do so can result in instability.
“I must indicate that unless this application is adjudicated urgently to achieve stability, there is a strong likelihood of the Kingdom of Lesotho being destabilized. As much as this is a political matter, it will ultimately affect the government of Lesotho,” said Mosenene.
Mosenene also mentioned that in a meeting on the February 8, the national executive committee saw a nasty physical fight that members of the Lesotho defense force ended having to intervene to break as members could not agree on Prime Minister Moeketsi Majoro’s fate as Prime Minister.
But, in her ruling yesterday, Justice Banyane said applicants failed to make the case of urgency and their case will therefore be ordinarily treated hence the case will therefore await its turn.
Banyane also said the warfare inside ABC is a result of factionalism; hence the present matters in the NEC should be resolved among members of the national executive committee.
“The more political an issue is, the more amiable it is to a political solution,” Banyane said, also adding that in her view, “the matter is purely a political dispute”.
Other members of the national executive committee that both Mosenene and Sekonyela wanted to be removed from the committee are Malelaka Lehohla and Tsoloane Maphasa.
The due said Lehohla and Maphasa had exhausted their term in the positions they hold as National women’s league chairperson and national youth chairperson respectively.
They also argued that Makopoi Mohapi whom they said was an ordinary member of the party was on the other hand not properly representing Botha-Bothe constituency in the national executive committee.