Maseru – As three major political parties in Lesotho stage a strong campaign for votes for next year’s general poll, men in the Democratic Congress (DC) candidacy list feature prominently than women.
Topping the list on the DC’s candidates is former Prime Minister Pakalitha Mosisili who is to contest the general election against his opponents in his home constituency of Tsoelike in the rural district of Qacha’s Nek, south of the city of Maseru.
The party’s candidacy list was inaugurated at the DC’s first campaign trail held on December 14 2014 with Mosisili pitted in number 71 constituency in an 80-member constituency table.
In that constituency list, only 12 women feature for contestation of the coming general election scheduled for February 28 2015.
Lesotho’s parliamentary poll was brought forward after a breakdown in smooth relations within the tripartite coalition government led by Prime Minister Thomas Thabane with SADC mission intervention facilitated by South Africa’s Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa brokering for peace.
Mosisili is seconded by his ailing deputy leader and former natural resources minister Monyane Moleleki of the Machache Constituency.
According to the list, the first woman featuring is ’Mathabo Shao who is to contest the National Assembly election in the constituency of Butha-Buthe No. 5 and is followed by Rethabile Marumo of the Leribe Constituency No.12.
Close to Marumo’s heels is much-talked about Lineo Molise who is to fight it out for a vote in the Hlotse Constituency in the district of Leribe.
The former National Assembly Speaker Ntlhoi Motsamai is placed on the 58th spot on the DC candidacy list to battle it out against the political rivals in her remote home constituency of Hloahloeng in the Mohale’s hoek district.
According to the Dc’s executive secretary Tsie Sekoere the other nine members to complete the 80- member constituency list were yet to be named, hoping that by next week their identity would be known.
The DC, which pledged last week for abiding by the Electoral Code of Conduct facilitating for free and peaceful election, faces a great election tussle against Thabane’s All Basotho Convention (ABC) and Mosisili’s former political party Lesotho Congress for Democracy under the leadership of coalition government’s Deputy Prime Minister Mothetjoa Metsing.