(Public Eye) – The opposition Democratic Congress (DC) will this year launch marathon competition to honour the legacy of its founding leader and former prime minister Pakalitha Mosisili, the party announced in December.

Titled Pakalitha Mosisili Marathon, the competition is part of DC initiatives aimed at empowering women and youth as well as improve livelihoods of the target groups.

Last year the party launched its inaugural beauty pageant Miss DC Lesotho that was won by Bongiswa Hesman on December 21, 2019.

Hesman walked home with a brand new car worth M200,000 while the first and second runners up won M30,000 and M20,000 respectively.

“We are going to have the second edition of Miss DC Lesotho next year and we will also launch Pakalitha Mosisili Marathon,” DC Youth League President Moeketsi Shale told Public Eye on December 24.

Shale indicated that DC spent over M700,000 on the beauty pageant which started with preliminary contests in all the ten districts.

The winners in the respective districts then qualified to compete in the national contest.

“The marathon will be a good platform for our local athletes to prepare for national and international marathons while DC on the other hand will be celebrating the former prime minister Dr Pakalitha Mosisili,” Shale added.

Mosisili is Lesotho’s longest-serving democratically elected prime minister. He was prime minister from 1998 to 2012, and from 2015 to 2017.

He led the former ruling Lesotho Congress for Democracy (LCD) for 15 years from 1997 to February 2012 when he served divorce papers on the party and formed his own DC.

He was elected DC leader unopposed at the party’s maiden elective conference in 2012. When his 6-year term expired in January last year, he did not stand for re-election paving way for a new leader to take the party forward.

Mathibeli Mokhothu was elected DC’s second leader.

These new initiatives aimed at empowering women and youth are Mokhothu’s brainchild.

“The success of the beauty pageant has shown that DC is party that can plan good programs, implement them and monitor them to make sure they yield the projected results. You cannot doubt that such a party can effectively run a government when given a mandate to do so by the electorate,” Shale said. NW

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