Loyal to the end

Loyal to the end

MASERU – SAMONYANE Ntsekele, the Water Affairs Minister, says those talking about potential candidates to replace Prime Minister Thomas Thabane are either bent on dividing the party or are putting the cart before the horse. Ntsekele says there could be some people who want to use Thabane’s intention to retire to divide the party.
“This is the time when we should be talking about uniting the party,” he says.

The former ABC secretary general says the discussion about Thabane’s successor should only start when the law is clear.
“As of now the constitution is not clear as to what happens in the event of a Prime Minister retiring,” Ntsekele says.
“While the Prime Minister has indicated his intention to retire my opinion is that the law has to come first before people can talk about his retirement.”
That law, he adds, “can only be done in Parliament”.

As for whether he is interested in the position or is aware that his name has been mentioned in the succession race, Ntsekele is reluctant to say much.
He says the idea that he is in the running is “people’s imagination”.

He says he recalls only one MP who came to his office to ask if he would be interested in becoming the Prime Minister.
“I told him that it would not be right for me to talk about succeeding the Prime Minister when he is still in office.”
Ntsekele says instead of talking about the succession issue his focus now is on the stability of the party.

“And the stability of the party is closely linked to that of the country because if the ruling party is in tatters there is no stability in the country and government.”
Ntsekele is believed to be one of Thabane’s closest allies.

He stood with the Prime Minister when he was facing a no confidence motion from a faction in the ABC.
Some party officials have said he is too close to the Prime Minister.
Ntsekele says he is not worried about such characterisation.
“I cannot deny that I am one of the trusted people around the Prime Minister. I must however say that I could be one amongst many who are trusted by the Prime Minister”.

Staff Reporter

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