Thabane goes after Maliehe

Thabane goes after Maliehe

MASERU- PRIME Minister Thomas Thabane says All Basotho Convention (ABC) chairman Motlohi Maliehe must start packing his bags because he has fired himself from the Cabinet and party. Thabane was reacting to a verbal attack Maliehe launched against him and his wife at a political rally in Mechachane on Sunday.

Speaking from Sudan last night, Thabane insisted that he be quoted verbatim because he wanted to send a strong message to Maliehe who he said has now sabotaged his career in the government and party.
He said he is the one who appointed Maliehe to the cabinet and will fire him because ministerial positions are “not a birthright”.
“He is talking his mum. He has tried to be loved by the people of Butha-Buthe but he has failed,” Thabane said.
Thabane said there was no way he could work with a person of Maliehe’s calibre.

Maliehe, the Prime Minister said, has been badmouthing him for some time.
“He is politically frustrated. He wants to relieve his frustration on me and on my partners in the government,” he said, adding that he should “deal with his own problem without involving my name”.

“Oa ntella, o ntloaela hampe. Ha a ntlhomphe,” (He takes me for granted, he takes me for his equal, he is disrespecting me) Thabane said.
He said those who are thinking like him in the party should also leave.
“They know me and you also know me,” he said.

Thabane said his politics are based on the principles of Christianity.
“O tahoa ke letséo. Letšeo leo le felile.” (He is drunk with my friendly laughter, now the laughter is no more).
“O tahiloe ke mosa oa ka. Mosa oo oa ka o felile.” (He is drunk with my kindness, the kindness is no more)
Thabane said he was not intimidated by Maliehe because “I only fear God”.

Asked about the alleged cracks within the party, Thabane said the ABC is still strong and good.
“In any given organisation there are good boys and bad boys, and the ABC is not an exception.”
He said he is still in control of the party.

Staff Reporter

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