ALL Basotho Convention (ABC)’s chairperson of conferences, Samuel Rapapa has left the ruling party to join the Revolution for Prosperity (RFP), arguing that the party had betrayed him.
Oct. 14, 2022
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Rapapa abandons ABC
Former ABC MP for Mosalemane constituency, Sam Rapapa
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Rapapa is a former Member of Parliament (MP) for the Mosalemane constituency in Berea and represented the ABC in the general elections that have just been won by the six-month-old RFP led by business mogul, Sam Matekane.
The ruling party failed to win even a single constituency to the chagrin of its staunch supporters.
Rapapa who is also the Minister of Communications, Science, and Technology told a media briefing in Maseru on Thursday, that he felt betrayed and let down by the manner in which the ABC allocated its Proportional Representation (PR) seats in 2012 and 2022 general elections.
''In 2012, we had planned that I would be in position seven on the PR list but I was shocked to appear on number 23, and no explanation was given as to how that had happened,” he said.
This time around, he claimed he was supposed to be number three but he appeared in position 13.
“Still no explanation was given in that regard,” he said.
The ABC has eight seats in the next parliament and that means at position 13, Rapapa has been left out in the cold.
“I feel betrayed in so many ways, I have fought hard for so long for this party and have been very loyal to it and its people,” he said, adding, however, that he has nothing to show for his long loyalty.
He said he has been in the party since the very beginning but it took him ages to even be appointed to a ministerial post.
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''I have always been on the receiving end and had to compromise a lot for my love of the party, but this time I have had enough,” the minister said.
He said at the time of the press conference, he had not yet warned the RFP about his intention to join its ranks.
Rapapa has been ABC’s chairperson of conferences since 2019.
He is a former Principal Secretary to the Office of the Prime Minister and the Ministry of Tourism.
He was appointed as the Minister of Local Government and Chieftainship in 2019 before he moved to the Ministry of Communications, Science, and Technology. – LeNA