Thabane speaks on coalition government

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Staff writer

THE Prime Minister, Thomas Thabane, has appealed to cabinet ministers to refrain from public utterances that could “confuse the nation and destabilise the government”.

Dr Thabane said instead of using radio stations, newspapers and social media to undermine the government, the ministers and legislators should redirect their energies to ensuring service delivery to the nation.

He said this in his live address on national television on Friday night.

Dr Thabane’s comments come in the wake of last Sunday’s rally in Butha-Buthe during which his All Basotho Convention (ABC) party’s chairperson, Motlohi Maliehe, launched a blistering attack on First Lady Maesaiah Thabane accusing her of exerting undue interference in party and government affairs.

Mr Maliehe said Ms Thabane was fomenting chaos in the party and in the government through “constant meddling” in the work of ministers and officials. He demanded that the First Lady stops meddling in state affairs forthwith or risk derailing the government.

Mr Maliehe launched the unprecedented scathing attack against the First Lady while addressing a rally in his Butha-Buthe constituency last Sunday.

The ABC chairman accused the First Lady of derailing the government by seeking to control ministers and how they should perform their duties. He further accused Ms Thabane of violating the constitution and “abetting corruption” by instigating the removal of ministers who refused to comply with her demands.

Although he did not mention anyone by name on Friday, Dr Thabane, said it was important for everyone in the government to work for the stability of the country.

“I appeal to all ministers to stop speaking about things which may confuse the nation and to stop shaking the government’s foundation on radio stations, newspapers and on social media,” Dr Thabane said.

“Ministers and parliamentarians have to give the nation hope by talking about things that improve the government and those that fix the mistakes which have been made.

“I appeal to the nation to work for unity, peace and the success of the nation at all times and whenever there are conflicts, they should be respectfully resolved.”

Dr Thabane reassured the international community that the government was committed to implementing the multi-sector reforms that were recommended by the Southern African Development Community (SADC) in 2016.

The constitutional, security sector, judicial, governance and media reforms are expected to bring lasting stability to Lesotho.

“I wish to reassure our regional and international partners such the European Union, the United Nations, the diplomatic missions and international organisations, that the government is fully committed to the full implementation of all SADC decisions and the national reforms agenda.

“His Majesty’s government remains committed to achieving everlasting peace, rule of law and stability,” Dr Thabane said.

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