Jumble of charms, pokes and apologies

  • 17 January, 2019

Prime Minister Tom Thabane had his political platter full over the weekend, from charm offensive of rallying support for the country’s peace and development to pokes on the faces of his challengers and subsequent apologies to cool down his temper.

A few weeks ahead of All Basotho Convention (ABC) elective conference, the party leader Dr. Thabane has called for patriotism of party supporters and the nation at large during a rally held at Abia Constituency on Sunday January 13.
He appealed for Basotho to do introspection noting that it is only when they are patriotic that each of them can contribute in the reduction of poverty and hunger while also upholding the principles of peace.
“Nobody seems to be having peace wherever they are and whichever positions they hold, a testimony that we owe it to ourselves to change for the betterment of our country,” he stressed.
Dr. Thabane highlighted it is time that Basotho benefit from selling water to South Africa adding the country is making more money out of the project.
Speaking at the same rally, the party’s deputy public relations officer, Makoro Makoro appealed to ABC members to prepare fully ahead of the elective conference next month.
“Let us all go there, appoint a committee that will effectively ensure growth within our party for the next five year,” he noted.
Makoro warned party members to follow proper channels within the party structures when laying complaints rather than addressing tissues through social media platforms.

Dr Thabane also took a swipe at one of the proposed candidates to contest for the position of deputy leader of ABC, Professor Nqosa Mahao comparing him to a rubbished piece of cloth and calling out to those close to him to inform him that he would never be ABC leader because “he is an outcast from PFD (Popular Front for Democracy led by Advocate Lekhetho Rakuoane).”

But Dr Thabane quickly apologized publicly the following day on radio and said he shouldn’t have said the words and therefore withdrew the statements.

He warned members of ABC to avoid publicly arguing about issues that might divide the party, while at the same time vowed to take the lead to find internal solution to the controversial contests for the position of deputy leader, over which the party has been dragged to the higher courts of law.

Professor Mahao, the vice-chancellor at the National University of Lesotho (NUL) was nominated by his home constituency of Koro-Koro in November last year to run for the party’s deputy leadership but his nomination was rejected by the ABC national executive committee (NEC) on grounds that he was ineligible to contest for a position in the party’s highest decision-making body between conferences.

“At its sitting on December 19, the NEC decided not to accept the nomination of Professor Nqosa Mahao, member of the Koro-Koro constituency, to contest in the upcoming national elective conference,” Samonyane Ntsekele, the ABC secretary general wrote.

He said the decision was consistent with sections C4. (b), 6 (m) and C1. (b) of the party’s constitution.

When called for comment, on Dr Thabane’s alleged denigration, Prof Mahao said he had not attended the rally but only heard through the audio clips that were sent to him so he could not issue a comment.

Come February 1, ABC will be electing its executive committee and in this race Motlohi Maliehe will be contesting against Prince Maliehe, Member of Parliament (MP) for Berea and Dr. Moeketsi Majoro, MP for Thetsane, for Deputy Leader seat while Mr. Tsoinyane Rapapa, Lehlohonolo Moramotse, Mpalipali Molefe, Kemiso Mosenene and Tefo Mapesela will be running for Chairperson and for Deputy Chairperson Tsoeu Molise, Chalane Phori, Senoamali Phakisi are going to be the competitors.
Sello Maphalla, Samonyane Ntsekele, Futho Hoohlo and Lebohang Hlaele will be running for Secretary General and on the deputy seat competitors will be the embattled Nyapane Kaya, Habofanoe Lehana, Mrs. Makeabetsoe Letseka, Nkaku Kabi, Makhetha Motsoari, Temeki Tsolo and Maoshoa Mpeoa.
On the treasurer position, the party members are eyeing Nto Moakhi, Keketso Sello, Likopo Mahase, Mokherane Tsasanyane, 'Matsepo Ramakoae, Tlali Mohapi and Pinki Manamolela.

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