Mofomobe squares up
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By Pulane Chaka
Machesetsa Mofomobe, Basotho National Party (BNP) Deputy Leader has launched a massive campaign for the party’s top job as leader Thesele Maseribane has completed his two terms and an election loom.
In Machache constituency, Mofomobe laid out his intentions for the future of the party with him as its leader while also reminding party members to adhere to party laws.
He said although members of the party would like the current leader—Maseribane— to reign, there are rules that needed to be followed lest they allow the BNP to become like “that [yellow party]” taking a broadside at All Basotho Convention.
According to the BNP’s constitution, its leader can only lead the party for only two terms.
Mofomobe listed his many accomplishments as he proved himself to some detractors whom he said had been arguing he is “too green to become party leader”.
“When we are fighting for the country, I am not found lacking… when we are working on prorogations, I am not found lacking, but when it is time to ascend, then I am found lacking. That is not how this works,” he said.
Among the achievements he spoke of, Mofomobe mentioned being responsible for the ability of Basotho nationals to have dual citizenship, sending Basotho youths to school in India, taking the former Prime Minister Thomas Thabane and former Deputy Prime Minister Monyane Moleleki to court over their an illegal prorogation of parliament, among others.
Mofomobe said that the quality most notable in a good leader is the ability to be selfless and approachable.
“Once a person becomes a leader, they are no longer the property of their family but rather the property of the people,” he said.
Mofomobe has been a member of the BNP since his youth and though he has been loyal to the party, he said that his work has not been without sacrifice.
“It has not all been fun and games. There were times when I could not go home to my family and children because there were people who were intent on seeing cows grazing upon me,” he said.
He went on to say that his plans for the party were to address the neglect that members in more rural areas face as opposed to their urban counterparts.
He also said that his plan, as the leader of the party, was to invest party funds in land and property so as to sustain the party in the future and to help it become a more business-minded organization for sustainability.