About LCD

Lesotho Congress for Democracy LCD was formed on the 07th June1997; Lesotho Congress for Democracy is a party that is deeply rooted in the history of the liberation and the independence of Lesotho that started in the early 1950s. The founding father of the LCD, the Late Dr Ntsu Mokhehle who was also the Party’s honorary Life President before his passing on in 1999, is the undisputed Pioneer within the vanguard of the Liberation Politics and the multi-Party democracy in Lesotho. The Congress Movement in Lesotho led by Dr Ntsu Mokhehle from 1952, was founded on tenets and principles that are ingrained in our culture and Tradition of communal compassion and solidarity, justice to friend and foe, equality to all, benefit is earned from a deserving effort, freedom is free for all, selflessness in serving others especially the orphaned and the destitute. The above mentioned values still form a core basis for our relevance in the political landscape of Lesotho today; they also form the nucleus of our value offering to the body politic. THE MAIN PRINCIPLES AND AIMS OF LCD 1 To strive for a Democratic Governance and a Democratic Society informed by Truth, Justice and Peace as Guiding Principles and tenets in Lesotho, Africa and the entire World. 2 To strive for National Unity, Patriotic Principles and sense of Nationalism in Lesotho. 3 To foster Economic Development and promote the spirit of Communal Economic unions and Cooperative societies. 4 To promote and support Trade Unions in order to mitigate the plight of workers, abject working Conditions and alarming job insecurity. 5 To strive for Regional and Continental Cooperation in Economic and Political Affairs in order to fight against Famine and Poverty. 6 To endeavour to uplift the Socio-Economic conditions of all Basotho and the entire African Population. 7 To fight Discrimination and Repression in all their forms and semblances in Lesotho. 8 To fight Corruption, Extortion and Rashness in Public Service by Public Officers. 9 To reclaim all Lesotho territories which have been occupied by foreign Countries. 10 To strive for a Quality, Compulsory and Responsive Education in order that Socio- economic livelihoods and National economic growth improve. THE MAIN FIELDS OF ACTIVITY OF LCD 1 Politicking: Partake and endeavour to promulgate and propagate party Ideology, Philosophy and Policies. Participate in elections and undertake electioneering in all tiers of Governance and Public Administration from National, Local Government, Youth Councils etc. 2 Mobilise and Organise: Organise the Communities for a common purpose and galvanise them to undertake self-reliance projects. Mobilise financing and Fund-raise to assist and provide bridging finance for the Community projects. 3 Training; Training Party members and the society at large on a number of fields ranging from Democracy concepts, Activism, Cooperatives studies, Leadership, Vocational skills, Career Guidance etc. 4 Advocacy: Undertake sensitization and Advocacy role on issues of national development, policy formulation and legislation in order to engage the communities on burning and intricate issues that they need to understand, appreciate and be fully conscious of. The same exercise is undertaken when the Party also Conscientizes the public on issues of diseases, scourges and plagues in order to create public awareness of the serious societal problems and calamities. THE STRUCTURE OF LCD As depicted on the diagram above the Lesotho Congress for Democracy is a Congress party whereby the General Conference (Congress) is the supreme body composed of representatives and delegates elected from all the Party structures representing the entire Party membership according to the predefined ratios as stipulated in the Constitution of the Party while others may come from affiliate Organisations. Other delegates of the General Conference have automatic credentials to become part of the conference by virtue of their positions in the Committees within the party structure as stated by the Constitution of the Party. The General Conference makes resolutions and elects a National Executive Committee (N.E.C.), Resolutions are Party Policies and Strategies which are left in the custody of the N.E.C. to oversee, execute and implement for the tenure specified by the General Conference through the Constitution. National Executive Committee consists of 14 members inter alia The Leader, Deputy Leader, Secretary General, treasurer, Propagandist, Party Newsletter Editor etc... The N.E.C constitutionally wields executive and Administrative powers over the policies, strategies, day to day life and operations of the Party as predetermined by the resolutions of the General Conference. As per the Party Constitution all the structures that are subordinate to the N.E.C from the immediate tier to the last tier (Women & Youth Leagues, Provinces, Constituencies, Affiliate Organisations etc...) except for the Party Representatives in Foreign Countries must periodically assemble their own Conferences to delegate and renew mandates. The Party has two Leagues, Women’s League and Youth League; they are both guided, supervised, controlled by the N.E.C. These leagues have Constituency Committees, Branch Committees and Sub-branch committees that follow the structure that is similar to the structure of the greater Party. A Province is also a structure which is administered directly by the N.E.C. The Provinces are the Party structures which are formed outside the borders of Lesotho; they are also composed of Constituencies, Branches and Sub-Branches. Within the Provinces there are Women’s and Youth Leagues structures that start from Province level, Constituency level, Branch to Sub-Branch levels. The other Structure which is Subordinate to the N.E.C is the Constituency; the Constituencies are formed on the bases of the number of electoral delimitations promulgated by the Parliament of the Kingdom of Lesotho through a gazette. Just under the Guidance of the Constituency Conference and its Committee are the Party Branches, Party Branches are demarcated based on the villages, hamlets and settlements which are combined together to form electoral Divisions; Electoral Divisions are the actual voter registration stations as well as the voting stations that are within a Constituency. The Party Sub-Branches are aligned to the villages and settlements where all party members regardless of their position in the Party or in their Communities or Nationally pay their subscriptions for their Party membership. The position of LCD regarding gender balance (Quota/specific rules for the leadership) Minimum of 30% involvement and Participation of Women at all levels of responsibility and within all structures is always upheld as minimum Quota. It was adopted as policy of the Party several years ago at Party’s General Conference and thenceforth Women and Youth representation in structures of the Party has grown in leaps and bounds