’Maesaiah taunts novice ministers

’Maesaiah taunts novice ministers

MASERU-FORMER First Lady ’Maesaiah Thabane says Prime Minister Moeketsi Majoro’s government is full of novices “yet to learn their job”.
’Maesaiah, whose husband Thomas Thabane fell out of power in May, taunted the new government as she donated seeds and agricultural input to the Roman Catholic’s St Cecilia Orphanage last Saturday.

She said the government’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic was “incompetent and negligent”.
’Maesaiah criticised Majoro for suspending Health Director General Dr ’Nyane Letsie and the Ministry of Health’s principal secretary Thebe Mokoatle.

She said so far she has not seen anything to convince her that the government is winning the battles against the pandemic.
“All I see is people yet to learn their job,” said ’Maesaiah whose husband was also accused of bungling the Covid-19 response.
 “It was not necessary to remove people who were fighting on the frontline,” she said.

She also complained that hotels and guest houses that are used as isolation facilities have not been paid.
’Maesaiah also claimed that the hotlines for the National Covid-19 Secretariat (Nacosec) were not being answered.

She also complained that the Nacosec leadership does not have any medical related experience and “the nation is told about Covid-19 by just an ordinary person”.
“I am not convinced that the Covid-19 matter is being handled with care,” she said.

The former first lady said it was unfair for the government to restrict funerals “yet we still gather at shops until 5pm”.
“Gathering at shops could spread the pandemic too,” she said.
“I will only understand the Covid-19 if it’s told to me by a health professional, not just an ordinary person,” she said, adding that “until now I still do not understand anything”.

Speaking at the same function, her husband criticised the government for being slow in dealing with the pandemic.
Thabane said the government should “make the people’s interests their priority or else things will always turn sour”.
He said politicians should always remember their promises during election campaigns.

“There are a lot of things that can be done to show love for the people,” Thabane said.
Temeki Tšolo, a former minister in the Thabane-led government, also accused the Majoro-led government of incompetence.
’Maesaiah was making the donation through her Trust Fund.

Nkheli Liphoto

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