MP says fears assassination

MP says fears assassination

MASERU – OUTSPOKEN MP for Mosalemane constituency, Tsoinyane Rapapa, says his life is now in grave danger.
Rapapa was last month elected the new All Basotho Convention (ABC) party chairman. He is fiercely loyal to a faction of the ABC led by Professor Nqosa Mahao.
The weekend’s revelation marks a dramatic escalation in a fallout that has seen two rival factions wrestle to control the party.

Rapapa last week filed a motion in Parliament in what observers said was a plot to prepare the ouster of Prime Minister Thomas Thabane from power when they pass a vote-of-no-confidence in the government.
Rapapa told a party rally at the weekend that his life was now in danger.
There was a heavy police presence at the rally.
He said he has specifically requested for police protection.

“For the first time you see a man standing behind me as I address the public,” Rapapa said, referring to a bodyguard who stood behind him.
“I also received warnings from others who even told me to run away,” he said.
Rapapa did not divulge the nature of the threat.
“I have called them here. This is the first time you see me having someone standing behind me. This is because there are a lot of threats,” he said.
“We know their plans.”
This is the second time that a senior official in Mahao’s camp has said their life was under threat.

Earlier this month, Lebohang Hlaele, who was elected the new ABC secretary general, also claimed there was a plot to kill him.
He said the plot had been hatched at State House. He did not state who was behind the assassination plot.
The State House is the official residence of the Prime Minister and the First Lady. Hlaele is Thabane’s son-in-law.
The alleged threats come at a time when the ABC is on the verge of a split following a bitter contest for the control of the party.

Last Sunday, the two factions held paralle rallies in what observers said was a clear indication of the hardening of positions by the groups.
Rapapa told the rally that the credibility of the government had failed to address the issue of corruption.
He asked the ABC supporters how many times they have watched Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee (PAC) session on television showing the extent to which corruption has gripped the nation.

He urged Professor Mahao to take charge of the party, adding “it is the duty of the pilot to make sure that the aeroplane is in the right direction”.
“The right man to fly the aeroplane is Professor Mahao,” he said.
He pleaded with Professor Mahao “to fly the aeroplane in the right direction because it is now losing focus”.
He said Prime Minister Thabane appears to be discriminating against his Mosalemane constituency.
“I want to remind you that our leader has held at least five rallies in ’Makhoroana constituency but he has never held one here,” he said.

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