Blow for ABC  as MP defects

Blow for ABC as MP defects

MASERU – THE fractured All Basotho Convention (ABC) suffered another blow this week when Molefi Phamotse, its MP for Likhoele, crossed the floor to join the Basotho Action Party (BAP).
Phamotse becomes the tenth ABC MP to officially join the Professor Nqosa Mahao-led BAP.
Speaker of Parliament Sephiri Motanyane announced on Monday that he had received Phamotse’s letter notifying him that he was going to cross from the ABC to the BAP.

BAP insiders have openly claimed that there are several ABC MPs who are on the way to the party.
Phamotse told thepost that he was leaving because he was tired of the incessant infighting in the ABC.
“People might think that the party is stable but it is not,” Phamotse said, adding that the party is being mismanaged.
“The ABC internal fight will never come to an end until there is a new leader.”

“How could the ABC MPs plot to oust Majoro if everything was okay?”
He said he was compelled to cross the floor because the ABC’s structures in his constituency have all but collapsed. Nearly all members of the constituency committee have joined the BAP, he said.
“Only the secretary is left while the rest have left to the BAP.”
He claimed that his constituency has been lobbying him to join the BAP.
The ABC’s spokesperson Montoeli Masoetsa said Phamotse had betrayed the party’s supporters who elected him. Masoetsa said MPs like Phamotse were pushing their interests instead of serving the people.
He said Phamotse defected because Prime Minister Moeketsi Majoro did not appoint him to the cabinet.

“To the best of my knowledge and understanding, he has defected because he wanted to be appointed a minister and Majoro decided otherwise,” Masoetsa said.
“I went to him at his Likhoele constituency to talk to him about this but he was adamant that he wanted to be made a minister.”
“We, as the ABC executive committee, had instructed Majoro to appoint at least one minister in each district where we have won constituencies but he has not done so. This is why there is no minister from Mafeteng and Phamotse is angry that there is no minister from his district, in particular, that he has not been made a minister.”

Masoetsa said Phamotse’s allegations that the party is being mismanaged are wrong.
“This is a lie. He must tell all the people that he defected because Majoro has not made him a minister. We do not have control over Majoro’s decisions as a prime minister.”
“We instructed him to appoint ministers in districts where we have constituencies but he decided to appoint ministers according to his own discretion, and he is allowed by the law.”

“That Majoro does not listen to us as the prime minister has nothing to do with how the ABC is managed. They are two different things, Majoro manages the government and he does as the law requires him, our role is just to advise him, and we manage the party together with him as a member of the national executive committee.”

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