Khasu blasts de­trac­tors

. . . ABC deputy leader dis­misses misses claims that he plans to quit the party in frus­tra­tion.

Lesotho Times - - News - Keiso Mohloboli

All Ba­sotho Con­ven­tion (ABC) deputy leader, Tlali Khasu, has scoffed at sug­ges­tions that he was con­sid­er­ing join­ing Mophato Monyake’s newly formed Pro­gres­sive Democrats (PD).

ABC in­sid­ers had told the Le­sotho Times that Mr Khasu would jump ship once par­lia­ment was dis­solved on 5 De­cem­ber 2014 and was set to contest the 28 Fe­bru­ary 2015 snap elec­tion on a PD ticket.

Ac­cord­ing to the in­sid­ers, Mr Khasu, who is also the min­is­ter of min­ing, was no longer happy in the ABC as it ap­peared party leader, Thomas Tha­bane, was sidelin­ing him in favour of chair­per­son, Mot­lohi Maliehe.

How­ever, Mr Khasu on Tues­day this week told the Le­sotho Times he would not dump a brand like the ABC for a “no party such as the PD”.

“I am not crazy. I can­not es­tab­lish a po­lit­i­cal party and brand such as the ABC and leave it for a non-event. The PD is not a party worth my mem­ber­ship; I am still com­fort­able where I am and will be here for as long as ABC sup­port­ers are sat­is­fied with my pres­ence and ef­forts,” Mr Khasu said.

He also shed some light on his pro­fes­sional re­la­tion­ship with Mr Maliehe, who is al­legedly favoured by Dr Tha­bane, who is also the coun­try’s prime min­is­ter.

“I have my own du­ties and re­spon­si­bil­i­ties. For ex­am­ple, if the leader has com­mit­ments else­where and we have Na­tional Ex­ec­u­tive Com­mit­tee meet­ings or ral­lies, I take over and ad­dress them as act­ing leader, and not Mr Maliehe. Peo­ple spread­ing this pro­pa­ganda should be spe­cific and out­line the du­ties and re­spon­si­bil­i­ties al­leged to have been given to Mr Maliehe at my ex­pense, and never as­so­ciate me with some­thing like the PD,” he said.

Mr Khasu hasu fur­ther said he would take part in ABC pri­mary elec­tions in Peka con­stituency next week to con­firm his con­tin­ued mem­ber­ship of the party, formed by Dr Tha­bane and 16 other disgruntled le­sotho Congress for Democ­racy oc­racy (lCD) Mem­bers of Par­lia­ment ment in Oc­to­ber 2006.

“I am go­ing to win those pri­mary elec­tions and pro­ceed to stand in the na­tional elec­tions s in Fe­bru­ary next year as an ABC can­di­date. I prom­ise my sup­port­ers ers that I’m go­ing to win the na­tional elec­tion­slec­tions un­der the um­brella of the ABC, C, and not any other r party,” Mr Kha­susu said.

How­ever, ever, Mr Monyake,onyake, who quitit the ABC after er be­ing fired by Dr Thaa­bane as Jus­tice e and Cor­rec­tional Ser­vices min­is­ter in Fe­bru­ary this year, and sub­se­quently launched the PD, told the Le­sotho Times that he would wel­come Mr Khasu into his party.

“This is the first time I am hear­ing that Mr Khasu wanted to join the PD after the dis­so­lu­tion of par­lia­ment but if he de­cides to do so, I would wel­come him with both hands.

“Mr Khasu was my se­nior in high school and also my col­league when I was still in cab­i­net. I know his strengths and should he come to the PD, it would be a big de­vel­op­ment for the party.”

Mr Monyake con­tin­ued: “Al­le­ga­tions that Mr Khasu wants to leave the ABC don’t sur- to Mo Monyake’s Sta­dium Area con­stituency to ver­ify the names that ap­pear in the reg­is­ter and co con­firm their mem­ber­ship for the PD.

“Ho “How­ever, the of­fi­cials could not meet those peo­ple peo­ple, and the few they did, dis­tanced them­selves from the party. So Ntate Monyake was a asked by the IEC to ex­plain what now ap­pea ap­pears to be the fraud­u­lent reg­is­tra­tion of suppo sup­port­ers.”

Ask Asked to shed more light on the mat­ter, Mr M Monyake said his party had met all the IEC re­quire­ments, adding the ver­i­fi­ca­tion of n names and sig­na­tures was fi­nalised on Tu Tues­day this week. “What hap­pened was most of our m mem­bers who ap­peared in the reg­is­ter sub­mit­ted to the IEC, paid their sub­scrip­tion fees but were not present to ap­pend their sig­na­tures in the book, hence there was only one sig­na­ture.

“IEC of­fi­cials went to in­di­vid­u­als whose names ap­peared in the reg­is­ter to ver­ify their mem­ber­ship of the PD and that process has since been com­pleted.

“We are now hop­ing that the PD is go­ing to be regis­tered with the IEC next week, be­cause we will be con­test­ing next year’s snap elec­tion,” Mr Monyake said.

le­sotho holds an early elec­tion on 28 Fe­bru­ary 2015 in­stead of the ini­tial 2017, after the coali­tion gov­ern­ment com­pris­ing the ABC, le­sotho Congress for Democ­racy (lCD) and Ba­sotho Na­tional party (BNP), col­lapsed fol­low­ing sharp dif­fer­ences be­tween Dr Tha­bane and Deputy Prime Min­is­ter and lCD leader Mo­th­etjoa Mets­ing.

Mr Mets­ing ac­cused Dr Tha­bane of not con­sult­ing him and BNP leader Th­e­sele ‘Maserib­ane when mak­ing cru­cial de­ci­sions re­gard­ing the gov­ern­ment de­spite com­mit­ting to do so when they formed the coun­try’s coali­tion ad­min­is­tra­tion in June 2012.

ABC deputy leader Tlali Khasu

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