Mahao  faction  defiant

Mahao faction defiant

MASERU – THE newly elected All Basotho Convention (ABC) national executive committee has defiantly insisted they will continue to stage parallel rallies around the country.
The new committee is loyal to deputy leader Professor Nqosa Mahao.
Its spokesman, Montoeli Masoetsa, told thepost last night that party leader Thomas Thabane was being unfair to them because “he continues to hold rallies in which he (vilifies) us and yet he does not want the people to hear our side”.

Masoetsa also said Thabane, who is in support of the outgoing committee, is continuing to hold rallies against the order of the Acting Chief Justice ’Maseforo Mahase.
He said as for the new committee, it is not going against the court order because “we attend rallies where we are invited by the constituencies”.

Masoetsa said they have not been being holding rallies that they organise as a committee but “we go where the constituencies are inviting us and we talk about everything that we are asked by ABC members in that constituency”.
Masoetsa said ABC members have a right to call the newly elected committee to their rallies and they will keep on attending such rallies.
He said one does not need to be a rocket scientist to see that the ABC leader has lost control over the two committees.
“He is saying we should work for peace because a tongue is a small (organ) that could destroy peace but people insult us in front of him and he does not stop them,” Masoetsa said.

“He said we should stop holding rallies and we are refusing because we were not elected to lead in the office only. A leader is a leader wherever he is therefore we are leaders giving out directives,” he said.
He said they find it unnecessary to attend the leader’s rallies because Thabane has been embarrassed enough.
“We do not want to go to his rallies because we know we have a lot of followers. It is 50/50. If we get insulted at his rallies our reaction and that of our followers will not be good,” he said.

He said he would not allow someone just to insult him.
“We decided to go parallel and the courts have made a ruling on the matter,” he said.
Masoetsa said if the leader really wants to push for talks, negotiations could start immediately.
He said the situation in the ABC was tense because those who lost elections have refused to accept defeat arguing they do not like Professor Mahao.

The question is what should be done because the people have made their choice, Masoetsa argued.
He insisted that Prof Mahao had defeated his opponents at the ballot box.
He said Thabane had already made it clear that he does not like the new committee.
ABC deputy spokesperson Major General Samuel Makoro said the out-going committee argued that the new committee has not yet been blessed.

“The court said the old committee should carry on with its duties,” he said.
Maj Gen Makoro said there are members who are defying Thabane’s order not to stage parallel rallies and their only option is to stop them from attending those rallies as the premier had ordered.

Nkheli Liphoto


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