Mahao rejects diplomatic post

Mahao rejects diplomatic post

MASERU-  EMBATTLED All Basotho Convention (ABC) deputy leader, Professor Nqosa Mahao, says he has rejected an offer by Prime Minister Thomas Thabane to appoint him Lesotho’s ambassador to Belgium.

Mahao told thepost last night that a minister in the Prime Minister’s office, Leshoboro Mohlajoa, called him to a meeting where he spoke about the need for unity within the party last week.
He said Mohlajoa then spoke of his deployment in a foreign mission although he did not specifically state which country he would be deployed to.
Mahao said he rejected the offer which he saw as a sly attempt to take him into exile.

“I told him that before we could talk about the deployment, they should solve problems in the party first,” he said.
He said Mohlajoa said he would inform the Prime Minister about their discussion and then get back to him, which he never did.
Last night Mahao told thepost that he regarded Thabane’s move as an attempt to alienate him from the party instead of seeking to resolve the leadership squabbles that have been rocking the ABC.
The party has been in the grip of a bruising leadership wrangle after Mahao was elected the party’s deputy leader in February.

A new executive committee that was elected at the conference has failed to assume power after Thabane rejected the election results.
Mahao said on Monday, he was surprised after he received a call from the Government Secretary, Moahloli Mphaka, asking him to meet and discuss the deployment.
Last night, Mphaka said he was not aware of any plans by the Prime Minister to appoint Mahao Lesotho’s top envoy to Brussels.
But Mahao insisted that Mphaka had informed him that he had accepted the ambassadorial post and that he was going to process his deployment immediately.

“I told him that was not true,” Mahao said, adding that he told the government secretary that he had at no point agreed to be deployed in any foreign mission during his discussions with Mohlajoa.
Mahao insisted last night that he had no interest in taking up any foreign diplomatic assignment.

“And I am not about to start trading my votes for any position in government or anywhere else,” Mahao said.
He said the offer smacked of a plot to take him into exile adding he was not prepared to be treated like a child.
Efforts to get comment from Mohlajoa failed last night. An individual who picked up his phone said the minister was out of the country.
Thabane could not be reached for comment.

Majara Molupe

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