‘Thabane going nowhere’

‘Thabane going nowhere’

MASERU – FIRST Lady ’Maesaiah Thabane says her husband Prime Minister Thomas Thabane will not give up power in the All Basotho Convention (ABC) without a fight.
She told a crowd at Thabane’s 80th birthday in Makhoakhoeng last Saturday that the ABC leadership will not be given easily “on a tray like John the Baptist’s head”.
’Maesaiah said many people have not reciprocated Thabane’s generosity but have, instead, turned against him.
“Ninety-nine percent of Basotho received good things from you but the very same people you helped will not pay back what you have given them,” she said.
“You should not despair as I will always support you.”

“You should not despair as I will always support you.”
She said she learned that in politics someone is “loved only when he is producing goods for other people but when you meet problems, you are left with your family alone”.

The First Lady said Thabane toiled to form and grow the ABC and she has always supported him through “those trying times”.
She said there was no way Thabane will hand over the leadership on a “tray like John the Baptist’s head” because “everything in politics is worked for”.
Her statements seemed to be targeted at a faction that is fighting Thabane in the ABC.

In what has become a tit-for-tat game Thabane has expelled his deputy, Professor Nqosa Mahao, and other senior party officials who have in turn retaliated by suspending him from the party for six years.
The impasse is now threatening the coalition government after the Mahao faction ganged up with the opposition to try to topple Thabane through a vote of no confidence in Parliament.
The First Lady also told the guests that when Thabane turned 80 he had some time to introspect.

She said Thabane “gave this issue some deep a thought and came to a conclusion that someone like him requires to be loved, cared for and be touched nicely as he played his part”.
“I will do those things 10 times,” she said.

She showered praises on her husband, saying he has diligently worked for Lesotho.
ABC deputy secretary general, Nkaku Kabi, said they stand with Thabane because of the roles he has played in different governments.
It was Thabane who reignited Basotho’s love for politics when he formed the ABC in 2006.

The ABC, Kabi said, is now Lesotho’s biggest party and “it is now up to us as the youth to copy and learn from what he did in Lesotho”.

Kabi said Thabane has pledged to care for the poor.
Government Secretary Moahloli Mphaka said he has always looked up to Thabane and he had benefitted from his mentoring.
“I am not just an accountant but a professional one and Ntate Thabane decided to make me his principal secretary,” Mphaka said.

Thabane made him an acting Government Secretary in 2012 and 2014. He is now the substantive government secretary.
“He used to tell me and Samonyane Ntsekele that we will do the job as he once did,” he said.
Ntsekele is the Water Affairs Minister and a former ABC secretary general.
“No one will replace Ntate Thabane,” he said.

Nkheli Liphoto

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