’Maesaiah eyes  MP’s seat

’Maesaiah eyes MP’s seat

MASERU-FORMER First Lady ’Maesaiah Thabane on Sunday moved to position herself as the next MP for Mokhotlong when she transferred her All Basotho Convention (ABC) membership records to the constituency.
The decision to move her records from Abia to the Mokhotlong constituency is the clearest indication that she intends to concretize her ambitions to stand as a candidate in elections scheduled for next year.

This comes five months after the disgraced former first lady indicated she was ready to pursue a political career as an MP.
This is despite that she stands accused of the gruesome murder of former Prime Minister Thomas Thabane’s estranged wife, Lipolelo, in June 2017.
Thabane has denied any role in Lipolelo’s murder.

In an audio clip, ’Maesaiah said she will soon transfer her Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) voter registration forms from Khubetsoana constituency to Mokhotlong, her rural home.
Khubetsoana is where she registered as a voter while her political party membership is registered at Abia.

“I want to cast my vote in Mokhotlong and not anywhere else,” ’Maesaiah said.
“I have done many things for the Mokhotlong district including burying (the remains of) the needy,” she said.
“I also built houses for the needy and I am still paying school fees for many students there.”

She made it clear that if the Mokhotlong people want her to be their MP, she would not hesitate to grab the opportunity.
“I will not waste even a single minute, I will do so,” she said.
She added that the Mokhotlong community was happy to see her transferring her membership, adding that she was “expecting only a few people there (to welcome me) but a lot of them came to show support”.

In canvassing for the 2022 candidacy, ’Maesaiah appears to have already covered a lot of ground with the Mokhotlong constituency chairman, Serame Tsatsi, openly backing her candidacy.
Tsatsi said 16 out of the 20 party branches had indicated in writing that they wanted ’Maesaiah as their candidate for the next election.
“The 16th branch just joined this morning,” Tsatsi said.

He said the branches pleaded with ’Maesaiah to move to Mokhotlong because the current MP, Tefo Mapesela, had failed to deliver services.
“We thank Abia constituency for allowing her to leave,” Tsatsi said.
Tsatsi said the constituency wants to be represented by a woman arguing that men had failed.

“She did not do it voluntarily, the branches pleaded with her,” he said.
Tsatsi said the Mokhotlong community is also mad at Mapesela whom they say made their lives miserable by supporting the 2018 Wool and Mohair regulations that messed up their businesses.
“Some people are not yet paid until today and their children need to go to school too,” he said.

He said ’Maesaiah once donated 10 merino sheep to several herd boys in the constituency and also bought them blankets.
Mapesela told thepost that he is not scared of ’Maesaiah’s candidacy.
“Tell them to try to remove me, they will see,” Mapesela said.
“I do not fear anything or any politician in the country,” he said.

He also said he will still contest the 2022 elections because the Mokhotlong people have asked him to represent them.
He said Tsatsi must stop talking about ABC issues because he was suspended last year.

Nkheli Liphoto

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