Fired ministers shocked

Fired ministers shocked

MASERU – PRIME Minister Thomas Thabane stunned two ministers, his son-in-law Lebohang Hlaele and ’Matebatso Doti, when he fired them on Monday.

thepost had exclusive interviews with both ministers.

Both ministers are members of the All Basotho Convention (ABC)’s new national executive whose election earlier this month is hotly disputed.

Hlaele was elected secretary general while Doti became deputy spokesperson.
But both will have to wait a little longer to resume party office after their election was challenged in the High Court by losing candidates who alleged fraud.

Some have interpreted their dismissal as a backlash from party leader Prime Minister Thomas Thabane who is alleged to have been supporting a faction that lost the election.
Doti who was the Minister of Social Development says she was stunned when she received a dismissal letter because she was still performing her ministerial duties accordingly.

Doti says she got information from some people who were conniving over her dismissal that she would be fired even before she got the dismissal letter from the Prime Minister Thomas Thabane.
Doti is also the Member of Parliament for Lithabaneng constituency.
She has represented Lithabaneng for two consecutive terms.

“One of them could not hold his tongue and ended up giving me an early warning even before I could receive the letter,” she says.
She says she received a letter while she was on her way back from Bobete working on educational campaigns on the rights of the elderly people.

Doti says she will continue to work hard for the people who voted for her.
“I was never elected as the minister but as the representative of Lithabaneng constituency,” she says.
She says one of the projects she is leaving in office is the National Information System that would collect data from vulnerable children from all over the country.

She says the project is about the people who need things like bursaries and child grants.
It is very important, Doti says.

She says there is also Disability Equity Bill on her table that is yet to be passed into law.
She says there is also in the pipeline community development project that is to be piloted at Hloahloeng and Leribe.
“I was yet to strengthen the ministry and capacitate employees for their effective service delivery to Basotho,” Doti says.
Hlaele who was the Minister of Law says he was not aligned with any faction in the ABC’s recent elective conference.
He says he does not think his dismissal was triggered by the past ABC NEC election.

“The Prime Minister could dismiss ministers without even stating reasons. I am glad he once made me the minister,” Hlaele says.
He is adamant that his sacking has anything to too with the factional fights that have rocked the party in the past few months.
The wars intensified after the recent internal election that wiped out the entire executive of the party, except Thabane.
“I am a member of ABC. I am not a member of anyone. I joined on my own and I will leave it when I feel like,” he says.
He says he still feels welcomed in the party.

Hlaele says he joined the party in 2006 when it was formed.
He says he did not join the party because he wanted to be a minister, adding that he did not even know that their party would be in government.

Nkheli Liphoto


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