New talks for ABC factions

New talks for ABC factions

MASERU – THE warring All Basotho Convention (ABC) factions are set for another round of talks to end the impasse that is threatening to split the party.
On Tuesday party leader Prime Minister Thomas Thabane met newly elected deputy Professor Nqosa Mahao at the State House to discuss the way forward.
This is the first time the two have met since early February when Mahao was elected deputy leader in an election that completely wiped out the old national executive committee.

Thabane has not made his dislike of Mahao a secret, describing him as an overly ambitious jonny-come-lately out to divide the party.
Those said to be close to Thabane like Defence Minister Tefo Mapesela have also blamed Mahao for the crisis in the party, saying the new committee will only be acceptable to the old committee if it dumps Mahao.
But that Thabane has opened talks with Mahao could be an indication that the leader could be finally making peace with the fact that although he doesn’t like his deputy he had to find ways to make peace in the party.

Mahao confirmed that he met Thabane but flatly refused to give details. He said Thabane gave him some tasks whose details he is not prepared to reveal.
“Yes, I met the leader yesterday (Tuesday) and he gave me some tasks. That is all I can say at the moment,” Mahao said.
Montoeli Masoetsa, the spokesman in the new committee, told thepost last night that Mahao met Thabane and the First Lady ’Maesaiah Thabane.
“That meeting resolved that the negotiations should start immediately to end this misunderstanding,” Masoetsa said.
He also said Thabane assigned Samonyane Ntsekele, secretary general of the outgoing national executive committee that is clinging to power, to prepare for the peace talks.

Masoetsa said Ntsekele and Mahao met at 3pm yesterday to come up with the work plan.
“That work plan will have to be discussed and finalised,” he said.
He said the final decision will be made on Sunday morning in consultation with Thabane.
“Until the decision has been agreed upon by the leader and deputy, the parallel rallies will still continue as the leader goes to Peka and the deputy goes to Mohale’s Hoek.”

The renewed vigour for talks comes after the Acting Chief Justice ’Maseforo Mahase last Thursday failed to deliver judgment in a case in which the outgoing committee is challenging the election of Mahao’s committee.
In March the factions tried to break the impasse but failed.
The talks collapsed because the outgoing committee did not attend a crucial meeting that was to be chaired by a court-appointed mediator.

Nkheli Liphoto


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