Oust Thabane, says Chief Theko

Oust Thabane, says Chief Theko

MASERU-THE Principal Chief of Thaba-Bosiu, Chief Khoabane Theko, on Tuesday called for the immediate ouster of Prime Minister Thomas Thabane after he deployed soldiers last weekend.

Chief Theko said the decision to deploy soldiers was irrational and a clear sign that Thabane had lost it.
He said the move did not show the qualities of a seasoned politician who had been in government for decades.

“He must go now because it seems he is tired,” Chief Khoabane told thepost.
Thabane, 80, has worked in senior positions in the government before and after independence from the British. He was also a top civil servant throughout the Basotho National Party (BNP) rule in the 60s, 70s, and mid 80s and when the military junta was in charge between 1986 and the early 1990s.

When Lesotho returned to democratic rule in 1993 Thabane was appointed an adviser to Prime Minister Ntsu Mokhehle. He later held different ministerial positions under former Prime Minister Pakalitha Mosisili.
Chief Theko said Thabane’s approach to issues did not show this vast array of experience. He said the way he was making irrational decisions showed that he was now tired and should therefore step down to give others a chance.

Thabane, who has been under tremendous pressure from his own party to step down, unleashed soldiers onto the streets last weekend to deal with “criminals” who he said were threatening democracy.
The deployment came a day after he lost a key constitutional case.
The Constitutional Court last Friday ruled that the prorogation of Parliament was illegal and should be reversed.

Thabane had prorogued Parliament in the face of an impending vote of no confidence that would have seen Finance Minister Dr Moeketsi Majoro replacing him.
The Democratic Congress (DC) leader Mathibeli Mokhothu would become the Deputy Prime Minister, replacing the Alliance of Democrats (AD) leader Monyane Moleleki who is fighting in Thabane’s corner.

Thabane’s wife, ’Maesaiah Thabane, has been charged with the brutal killing of Lipolelo Thabane in June 2017. Thabane himself has been accused of having a hand in the murder.

Chief Theko said Thabane had lost the “power and image” of a statesman.
Meanwhile, churches this week condemned Thabane’s “misuse of power” to advance his personal political ends.
They called on him to quickly vacate office.

In a scathing statement released last Friday the Christian Council of Lesotho (CCL) said “the people will perish because of coronavirus as we concentrate on power fights”.
“We are likely to lose donors in the development of the country and in the fight against the pandemic,” the CCL said.
“The world and Basotho expected law reforms are likely not to happen as we continue fighting against each other,” the statement reads.

The CCL says in light of Thabane’s own declaration that he is tired and wants to retire, “we say he should be assisted to retire quickly because of the burdensome Covid-19 fight, reforms and governance in general”.  

Nkheli Liphoto

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