Lesotho’s bedroom coup

Lesotho’s bedroom coup

IT would appear that Prime Minister Thomas Thabane and his wife, ’Maesaiah Thabane, are married in Community of Property. The Community of Property seems to be simplest marital arrangement because of the convenience it offers. Both the husband and wife share the risk and benefits of a joint estate. This means whatever each of them brings into the marriage (house/cars/furniture/debt/investments) shall be owned by both partners as one unit.
As a result, it would appear that Thabane and ’Maesaiah manage their assets together. As a married couple, this may help them form a closer bond as they are able to manage their finances and shared responsibilities efficiently together.

It is true that the law makes assumptions about the status of property acquired during the marriage, but these assumptions can be overridden if both partners agree. It seems that Thabane and ’Maesaiah have agreed to override these assumptions.
But hang on. It is proper to include governance, management and leadership as responsibilities that shall also be shared, the First Lady will not forgive me for not including these as well. Surely for the first time we have seen these responsibilities being shared in the marriage.

The First Lady comprehends her role and powers very well. She knows that in this type of marriage, everything that belongs to Thabane belongs to her, and everything that belongs to her, belongs to Thabane. They tied the knot in front of thousands of observers at Setsoto Stadium. Their motto is “what’s mine is yours and what’s yours is mine”.
Professor Mafa Sejanamane once claimed that an illegal seizure of power from a Prime Minister had occured in the State House bedroom. He named this a “bedroom coup” in the Kingdom of Lesotho.

It would appear the Professor was wrong – there was no regime change. Thabane and ’Maesaiah are married in community of property. They share everything including leadership and management roles.
Former ABC deputy leader, Tlali Khasu, started the accusations against the First Lady. He was pushed out of the All Basotho Convention (ABC) because he claimed the First Lady was meddling in the affairs of the management of the party. He was forced to form his own political party simply because he forgot that Thabane and ’Maesaiah are married in community of property. They are supposed to share everything including ABC leadership roles.
J.P Mojapela understands very well that the First Lady shares the same powers with the Prime Minister. That is why he was forced to live in exile in his own home in South Africa. He claimed the First Lady was involved in the murder of Mrs Lipolelo Thabane.

Then came former Minister Maliehe. He too was fired for claiming that the First Lady was meddling in the affairs of Cabinet and categorically declared that the First Lady was instrumental in discharging the former Minister Kaya of his ministerial duties.
That controversial dismissal was never reversed, so you begin to get my drift now. It appears as if Thabane and ’Maesaiah are married in community of property. They share everything including dismissing Kaya and Maliehe.
One day I was checking on my friends’ posts on Facebook and I noticed that one friend was directing us to listen to Bokamoso FM. Chakela was being interviewed and he needed to call to order the First Lady and former Minister of Police. He claimed the First Lady was meddling in the running of the ABC and the coalition government.

Chakela admitted that he no longer comes back home because of the First Lady. Please inform Khosi Chakela that Thabane and ’Maesaiah are married in community of property. They share everything that is why he cannot come back to his home country.
Minister Mapesela recently complained about the First Lady interfering in the management of the coalition government. I don’t need to school Minister Mapesela that Thabane and ’Maesaiah are married in community of property.

He was dismissed from his duties at the Ministry of Police by the Prime Minister using the First Lady’s phone. Mapesela now truly understands that this couple is married in community of property. They share everything including cell phones and powers to dismiss a Minister.
Minister Mapesela reminded Deputy Commissioner Lebajoa and the First Lady that their destination shall be jail. Unfortunately the Prime Minister shall share in this liability as well because they are married in community of property.

’Maesiah learned from the best in Africa. Janet Museveni, wife of Uganda’s Yoweri Museveni; Grace Mugabe, the wife of Zimbabwe’s former president Robert Mugabe; and Denise Nkurunziza, wife of Burundi’s President Pierre Nkurunziza, these three couples are married in community of property.
All have been politically ambitious and all actively supported their husbands’ rule. This is called Operation Share State Power and Privileges.
The First Lady seems to be mostly mimicking Grace Mugabe. Grace made it clear that Mugabe no longer had a role to play in how the country was to be governed. This appears to be the same situation in Lesotho where First Lady thinks her husband is too old to be bothered with issues of running a country.

Does this seem to legitimise the calls for the Prime Minister’s deserved rest from politics? But no, he is married in community of property and his wife has already taken the governance wheel even though she holds no constitutional position. They are married in community of property.
The Principal Chief of Thaba-Bosiu, Khoabane Theko, has also accused the Prime Minister of sharing marital responsibilities with his wife.

“He allowed his wife to usurp control of the party and government,” Chief Theko told a local weekly a few weeks ago.
Chief Theko ended his submission by calling for Prime Minister’s removal.
“What they must do is to call a special conference and resolve that Ntate Thabane should step down. He wants to play God with this government through his wife.”

My advice to the Prime Minister is that he must read the Book of Micah 7:5-7:
“Do not trust a neighbour; put no confidence in a friend. Even with the woman who lies in your embrace guard the words of your lips. For a son dishonours his father, a daughter rises up against her mother, a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law — a man’s enemies are the members of his own household. But as for me, I watch in hope for the Lord, I wait for God my Saviour; my God will hear me.”

This nation should not allow bedroom politics to interfere in state affairs. This set up is very illegal because the electorate never voted for a couple to be the Prime Minister of Lesotho. I strongly  believe there should be constitutional clarity and accountability on the formal role, powers and functions of First Ladies.
Dr. ‘Maesaiah fraudulently uses her proximity to her husband, Prime Minister Thabane to gain access to influential political networks which she exploits to sell this Kingdom to Yan Xie known as John for her own selfish interest.
Those who are close to Prime Minister Thabane please tell him leadership is not a right its a responsibility. As a leader, Thabane is responsible for his government’s failure to deliver on its promises. Lastly, please kindly tell Dr. ‘Maesaiah that leadership is not conjugally transmitted.

Ramahooana Matlosa

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