ABC youths back Thabane

ABC youths back Thabane

MASERU – THE All Basotho Convention (ABC) Youth League has come out guns blazing in support of party leader Thomas Thabane.
The youths told a press conference on Tuesday that they want Thabane retained as leader at the party’s elective conference in February next year.
Youth league spokesman Mphonyane Lebesa said “there is no other leader in the ABC but Thomas Thabane”.
“He will still be the leader after the 2019 elective conference,” Lebesa said.

The youth league press conference comes four days after Thabane was subjected to embarrassing heckling by some delegates at an ABC retreat in Quthing on Friday.
Political observers suggested the heckling could be an indication that Thabane was slowly losing his grip on the party.
The angry delegates were opposed to Thabane and the party’s national executive committee decision to suspend outspoken chairman Motlohi Maliehe.
Maliehe was suspended after he refused to appear before a disciplinary committee to answer charges of speaking ill of First Lady ’Maesaiah Thabane.
Maliehe had earlier this year told people at a rally in Butha-Buthe that the First Lady was treating the party like it was her fiefdom.
He also accused her of meddling in government affairs.

He also said former health minister Nyapane Kaya was sacked because he resisted the First Lady’s attempts to influence the award of tenders in the ministry.
The ABC’s NEC then decided to suspend Maliehe and barred him from chairing any party meeting until his suspension ended in six months.
On Tuesday, the ABC youth league accused Maliehe of attempting to stage a coup against Thabane.
“We take sides with our leader,” Lebesa said.

Lebesa said it was members of the youth league that put Maliehe’s supporters under control and ended up taking them out of the conference hall when they booed Thabane.
“They are fighting for leadership like the chairman (Maliehe) once said the time is right to lead as he is a founder of the party,” he said.
He said those who heckled Thabane will face the consequences.

“Nyapane Kaya refused to sit on the high table even when he was called, we do not know why,” he said.
Lebesa said “the ABC has one leader and we will not listen to any other”.
“The chairman preached a coup when he was in Hololo, Butha-Buthe district, by saying it is his time to lead the ABC,” Lebesa said.
“That is a coup against our leader.”

Lebesa also said Maliehe will never lead the ABC.
“Thabane suffered a lot for this party and we stand (by) him,” he said.
He accused Maliehe of attacking the leader.

Lebesa said Thabane will be retained as party leader at the elective conference next year.
The chairman of the ABC youth league, Tšoloane Maphasa, said members who had to be taken out of the conference “were not expelled but were just taken out to be brought under control”.
“We took them out so that they help us make our conference a great success,” he said.
Maphasa said they have identified problems in their party.

“But the findings of the conference will only be revealed by a circular,” he added.
A member of the ABC youth league, Ntobeng Moloi, said they were surprised to see delegates making noise even when the leader was talking.
“As national youth league we were embarrassed by such behaviour,” he said.

Moloi also said they cannot run away from the fact that there are some members who are not satisfied.
“Therefore they turn a blind eye to the way things have to be done according to our constitution,” he added.

Nkheli Liphoto

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