By Staff Writers
The ruling All Basotho Convention’s residual National Executive Committee (NEC) has appointed Finance Minister Dr Moeketsi Majoro as the party’s deputy leader to replace the maverick Professor Nqosa Mahao who was purportedly kicked out of the party in June.
Mahao, Lebohang Hlaele, Sam Rapapa, Montoeli Masoetsa and ‘Matebatso Doti were purportedly expelled from ABC in June by the party’s leader Thomas Thabane.
Mahao was elected ABC deputy leader against Thabane’s wishes at the party’s elective conference held in February.
Rapapa and Hlaele were elected chairperson and secretary general respectively while Masoetsa was elected spokesperson and Doti deputy spokesperson.
The election of the whole NEC was challenged in the courts, the first of which was on February 13 2019, when a challenge was mounted in the High Court on an urgent basis against the election alleging certain irregularities.
On June 12, the High Court confirmed the election.
But on June 13 Thabane wrote letters to Mahao, Rapapa, Hlaele, Masoetsa and Doti calling upon them to show cause, within three days, why they should not be expelled from the party for alleged insubordination.
The five members, in their capacity as new NEC members, met on June 14 and resolved not to ratify the action of Thabane but on June 17, he expelled them nonetheless.
They lodged an application in the High Court on June 24 challenging their expulsion but the High Court refused to grant any interim relief. The matter is still pending in the High Court.
But now the residual NEC has announced that it resolved to replenish and strengthen the committee following vacancies created by their disputed expulsion and co-opted Majoro, Kemiso Mosenene, Sentle Rabale and Joel Mohale into the committee.
Mosenene has been appointed chairperson, while Rabale and Mohale have been appointed spokesperson and deputy spokesperson respectively.
“The NEC resolved that the secretary general vacancy will be filled at a later date. The co-opted members emerged as runners up in their respective portfolios at the elective conference,” the deputy secretary general Nkaku Kabi said. NW