Thabane on charm offensive in Qacha’s Nek

Thabane on charm offensive in Qacha’s Nek

MASERU -PRIME Minister Thomas Thabane went on a charm offensive last weekend when he promised to build new roads for the people of Lebakeng in Qacha’s Nek.
Lebakeng is one of the hardest to reach constituencies in Qacha’s Neck district.
The MP for Lebakeng, Semano Sekatle, defected from the opposition Democratic Congress (DC) to join the ABC earlier this year.
Thabane told his ABC supporters at a rally in Lebakeng last Sunday that the problems in the constituency will soon be a thing of the past.
He said construction of the road from Ha Mohlapiso to Tebellong is already underway.
And five bridges in all are needed to ease movement between the two villages.

“I promise that as long I am the Prime Minister I will make sure that the bridges are built,” Thabane said.
He said the road to Ha Mohlapiso to Nts’upe is also under construction.
Thabane told the rally that he had been informed that there was a massive push within the district to develop a better road network.
Having captured Lebakeng constituency after Semano’s defection, Thabane said he was now eyeing Tsoelike constituency, also in Qacha’s Nek, which was won by the DC leader Pakalitha Mosisili.
Thabane’s ABC has historically struggled to make inroads in Qacha’s Nek which has often rallied behind Mosisili’s DC party and the Lesotho Congress for Democracy (LCD) before it split in 2012.
The Premier also condemned the rampant cases of stock-theft in Qacha’s Nek district as well as the border town of Matatiele.
He advised the communities to alert the security agencies because they have information about who is behind the stock theft.
Thabane further warned the masterminds behind the stock-theft to abandon their practice “as soon as I step down from here”.
He also apologised once again to wool and mohair farmers over delays to process their payments.

The farmers have still not been paid after the government introduced controversial regulations that banned the export of the commodity outside Lesotho.
All farmers were supposed to sell their wool and mohair to Stone Shi, a Chinese broker in Maseru.
The regulations have been met with stiff resistance from Basotho farmers who say they are draconian and oppressive.
Thabane said despite the delays, he had been informed that all payments shall have been processed by the end of May.
The Premier also spoke about the ongoing power struggles and divisions within his ABC party.
Thabane urged party supporters not to vent their anger on private radio stations saying doing so will not help the party deal with its challenges.
“These radio stations make money through you when you exchange bitter words in the media,” Thabane said.
“They generate money when you make calls to their radio stations.”

He also criticised party members who took their election dispute to the courts of law.
He said writing an affidavit does not necessarily imply that he was the one who instituted the cases in the courts.
Thabane said he is yearning for peace within the ABC and that all should work towards the growth and unity of the party.

Majara Molupe

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