Thabane asks for prayers

Thabane asks for prayers

MASERU– PRIME Minister-elect Thomas Thabane says he faces a colossal task that requires divine intervention to execute.
Thabane is expected to be sworn-in as prime minister tomorrow for the second time in three years.
His first government collapsed after a bitter fight with his then partner and deputy, Mothetjoa Metsing.
Thabane said he will need prayers to succeed this time around.

Speaking at the funeral of Afrika Makakane, who was the All Basotho Convention (ABC) candidate for Thupa-Kubu constituency, Thabane said his responsibility will be heavy for him.
“I heard that my colleagues might suggest my name to be the prime minister and that thing is very heavy for me so please pray for me,” Thabane said.

He told mourners that after getting the parliamentary seat he immediately felt that the office of premier would be too big for him.
He said the Bible encouraged him to always seek guidance from God so that he may “conscientiously serve His people”.
“The responsibility is very big and it is not worrying me,” he said.

“Blessed are those who have learned to acclaim you, who walk in the light of your presence, O LORD, they rejoice in your name all day long; they exalt in your righteousness,” he read from Psalm 89.
“For you are their glory and strength and by your favour you exalt our horn. Indeed, our shield belongs to the LORD our king to the holy one Israel.”

After tomorrow’s swearing in as the premier, Thabane will be faced with steering the SADC recommended reforms on security, judiciary, legislature, public service and the constitution.
Some of the reforms, especially the constitutional one, will require the nation to go for a referendum which means there will be an election within five years.

Another reform will mean restructuring the army, which has been responsible for all coups and attempted coups in this country for the past 50 years since independence.

This will help the nation to avoid incidents such as the one of August 29, 2014 when the then army boss Lieutenant General Tlali Kamoli attacked police stations and the State House after Thabane fired him and replaced him with Maaparankoe Mahao.

Thabane will also be faced with investigating and prosecuting soldiers who killed Mahao, police’s Sub-Inspector Mokheseng Ramahloko during the police station raid, the bombing of the home of his then girlfriend Liabiloe Ramoholi which resulted in the injury of children.
There are fears these investigations and prosecutions could trigger a fresh round of instability in Lesotho.

Seeking divine intervention, Thabane asked the clergy to advise him so that he may not go wrong “because religion says it all”.
“Whenever we go wrong priests should advise us, especially when we ill-treat elders and the poor,” he said.

“Priests shouldn’t be afraid to talk to me and they should not think I am Ntate Thabane. How can I be a father to a priest?” he said.
He said all politicians, the ones in government and the opposition should not learn to disrespect priests or Christianity “because that is bad in the eyes of the Lord”.

“I see the church here and that shows that Makakane was riding the right horse,” he said.

Nkheli Liphoto

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