ABC youths defend Thabane

ABC youths defend Thabane

MASERU – THE All Basotho Convention (ABC) youth league has come out guns blazing in defence of party leader and Prime Minister Thomas Thabane. What appears to have miffed the youths were social media insinuations that Thabane had been “captured” by his influential wife, ’Maesaia.
Talk shows on local radio stations had also hosted several individuals who claimed to be ABC supporters accusing ’Maesaia of running the show in the coalition government.

Speaking at a press conference in Maseru on Tuesday, the youth league said allegations that Thabane was now under the influence of his wife were nonsense. The youths said people peddling such rumours “were determined to taint the name of our leader, Motsoahae Thabane, and his family”.

They said the rumours were deliberately calculated to undermine the “people’s trust in the Prime Minister”.
“They are making statements that show no respect for the leader,” Sekonyela Sepepana, the ABC youth league treasurer, said.
He said those who were speaking ill of their leader “were no longer members of the ABC”.

Sepepana however said those who were attacking Thabane will soon be consigned to the “political dustbin” citing the case of former party chairman, Molobeli Soulo and former MP, Lehlohonolo Tšehlana, whom he said had become the forgotten men of Lesotho’s politics.
Political observers say the youth league press conference could be the clearest indication yet that all is not well within the ABC, the biggest partner in the coalition government.

The party is said to be battling serious divisions.Last week, the police had to intervene to stop bloody clashes in Lithabaneng after a constituency election went rowdy. The clashes were between supporters of Social Development Minister Matebatso Doti and Montoeli Masoetsa who is said to be eyeing to represent the constituency in the next general election.

Sepepana said they are aware that some party members were holding clandestine meetings in a bid to undermine and eventually oust Thabane.
He appealed to the ABC members not to discuss their grievances in public but to go to their constituencies to express their complaints.
Sepepane said the ABC will hold a no-holds barred meeting next month to discuss the state of the party.

He blamed the current troubles within the party on a group of veterans who he said are fighting to win government tenders.
“You remember well how they harass ministers and principal secretaries when they want to be awarded tenders,” Sepepana said.
The youth league leader did not mention any names.

“They should stop their statements immediately for the sake of the unity of the party,” he said.

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