Mahao in subtle dig at judge

Mahao in subtle dig at judge

MASERU -PROFESSOR Nqosa Mahao last weekend launched a subtle dig at Acting Chief Justice ‘Maseforo Mahase who he said was an embarrassment to the National University of Lesotho (NUL) which trained her.
Mahao spoke two days after the Court of Appeal ordered the High Court to hear afresh a bitter leadership wrangle between Mahao’s newly elected committee and the old regime aligned to Prime Minister Thomas Thabane.
The court also ruled that the matter should now be heard by a different judge.
Mahao told his party supporters at a rally in Teele on Sunday that the decision to take the matter away from the judge was the ultimate “humiliation” for Justice Mahase.
“Now she has tarnished her image,” he said.

He said by taking the case away from her, the Court of Appeal had effectively realised that the judge had lost all credibility.
Mahao, who is the outgoing Vice-Chancellor at the National University of Lesotho, said Justice Mahase was embarrassing the academic institution which trained her.
“More than 99 percent of civil servants are trained at the NUL and it is a disgrace if they do not uphold good practices,” he said.
Mahao was elected the ABC’s deputy leader at the party’s elective conference in February this year. But he was never allowed to assume the reins after some party officials challenged his election victory.

When the matter was taken to court, Justice Mahase sat on the case for almost two months only to rule in favour of the old National Executive Committee which was contesting Mahao’s victory.
The ruling by Justice Mahase effectively gave back control of the ABC to the old committee led by Secretary General Samonyane Ntsekele.
But last Friday, the Court of Appeal nullified Justice Mahase’s verdict and ordered that the matter be heard afresh by a new judge.
Mahao said they were all impressed when all five judges of the Court of Appeal asked how the judge had chosen to “misdirect herself” when she handled the ABC case.
He said it had become abundantly clear that the judge had chosen to be misused by politicians.

Mahao appealed to all civil servants to handle issues with respect and integrity so that the country’s image is not dragged in the mud.
The High Court was on Tuesday expected to hear whether the newly elected ABC committee was procedurally and legally elected into office.
He said all they are seeking is for judges to deliver justice in a fair manner adding they are not asking for favours from anyone.
Mahao said they were not elected into power at gunpoint by the ABC members.
He also pleaded for unity within the party saying the two factions must now be prepared to bury the hatchet.
While the ABC factions are tearing into each other, opposition parties were busy laughing at them, Mahao said.
They were now even busy talking about “fresh elections”, he said.

Mahao pleaded with church leaders to help mediate and reconcile the two factions for the benefit of Basotho.
Lebohang Hlaele, who is the newly elected secretary general and a son-in-law to Thabane, told the rally that the ABC only had one national executive committee whose term shall end in 2024.
He said the old committee no longer belongs to the ABC but to Justice Mahase who had given it a political lifeline.
“We have to separate two issues here. We have got just one ABC committee,” he said.
Hlaele said the lesson they had learnt was that “even if you buy people with KFC or umbrellas they will not neglect their party”.
He accused Ntsekele and his associates in the old NEC of mobilising resources and money from the Chinese to try and rig the NEC elections.
Hlaele told party supporters to “take the money and food but not to neglect their party”. He said they never complained when the Chinese give the old committee money to hire buses for political rallies.

Hlaele said his father-in-law is in a camp with his “enemies” who want to finish him up politically.
He said Thabane must always know that the people who are now pretending to be close to him do not have his political interests at heart.
Mahao also spoke about the problems affecting wool and mohair farmers saying the government must quickly respond to the cries of its own people.
He said the fact that Basotho were complaining is a clear indication that all was not well with that policy.
The government must listen to the cries of its own people or risk being toppled just like former Prime Minister Pakalitha Mosisili.
Ntsekele said people in Lesotho keep on talking and there is nothing wrong because they are exercising their freedom of speech.
He flatly denied that they have tried to buy votes. He said he does not know what those people are talking about.

Nkheli Liphoto


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