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Phohleli leads AD women’s league

Jan. 31, 2019 3 min read

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’Manthabiseng Phohleli, deputy health minister, has been elected president of Alliance of Democrats (AD) the second biggest party in the four-party ruling coalition government. Phohleli was elected at the party’s women’s league elective conference in Maseru at the weekend from January 25 to 27 to replace her predecessor ’Maphoka Motoboli who had been holding the fort in the interim since the inception of the party in 2017.

Other members of the women’s league committee include vice president ’Matseko Mafantiri, secretary general ’Mamolope Nomo, vice secretary Hilda Molale, treasurer ’Malitlallo Majara, chairperson ’Marapelang Malefane with ’Matumelo Mosala as vice chairperson. The position of public relations officer went to Tholoana Letsie. The members comprise of ’Manthati Hlalele,  ’Malebakae Molebatsi, ’Matseko Maluma and ’Mamamello Motjolopane. The 20 percent youth representation was filled with Refiloe Lintša, Ntho Melaphe and Mamello Mokhothu as members.

Officiating the conference, AD leader and Deputy Prime Minister Monyane Moleleki said the election of the women’s league committee was as process towards completing what the party started on March 2018, “when for the first time we elected a substantive National Executive Committee (NEC) of the party. Today is also the first time we elect a women’s league committee which will next be followed by the youth league election to complete the three legs needed for administration of the AD.”

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According to Moleleki, “the outgoing committee has done an outstanding job ensuring that there are women representatives across the 80 constituencies of Lesotho.  “Despite being overseers, they executed party operations for its existence and sustenance. They also ensured that the infant party survived when they defected from their estranged party.” “My responsibility is to unite the AD, and that which separates us, I can sense from far afield hence the need to stop right now with mischief,” he said, warning members against slate politics of skeletons forced upon members. The leader instead urged for members to be respected for their right and freedom of choice.

He also encouraged members to adopt a new culture of reaching out to one another. He appealed for negotiations and tolerance despite holding different views and preferences as that would ensure unity of the party and prohibit defection to other parties due to members who are unsatisfied as a result of their ideas being suppressed. He also used the platform to congratulate the outgoing leader of the Democratic Congress, (DC) Dr Pakalitha Mosisili for finally handing over the leadership reigns.  He appealed to members of the AD to pray for peaceful elections of their coalition partner, All Basotho Convention (ABC) in their next elective conference next weekend as well as the Basotho National Party’s (BNP) in March so that they could go peacefully in a stable environment.“It is a right thing to wish peace within all the major parties. Thinking and wishing otherwise is short-sightedness. Instability within political parties translates to national instability with negative effects on the country’s peace and economy,” said Moleleki.


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