ABC goes dig­i­tal

. . . as record crowd at­tends party’s star rally at Set­soto Sta­di­umdium

Lesotho Times - - News - Billy Ntaote

ALL Ba­sotho Con­ven­tion ( ABC) leader Thomas Tha­bane says his party is com­mit­ted to de­vel­op­ing the coun­try’s tech­nol­ogy and en­sur­ing it pro­gresses from its least-de­vel­oped sta­tus.

The prime min­is­ter, who made the re­marks as he launched the ABC’S man­i­festo and web­site dur­ing a mega-rally held at Set­soto Sta­dium on Sun­day, added that with ad­vanced In­for­ma­tion Tech­nol­ogy (IT), gov­ern­ment stood a bet­ter chance of em­pow­er­ing its peo­ple.

In ad­di­tion to launch­ing the web­site, Dr Tha­bane also un­veiled a new mo­bile-phone spe­cially de­signed for the ABC.

The ini­tia­tive is in part­ner­ship with Econet Tele­com Le­sotho, and seeks to en­hance com­mu­ni­ca­tion be­tween party mem­bers, the ABC leader told the rally.

Dr Tha­bane fur­ther said the in­no­va­tion would help the party in its cam­paign for the forth­com­ing par­lia­men­tary elec­tions. Ba­sotho choose a new gov­ern­ment on 28 Fe­bru­ary fol­low­ing last year’s col­lapse of Dr Tha­bane’s tri­par­tite ad­min­is­tra­tion, which came to power in June 2012.

Sharp dif­fer­ences be­tween Dr Tha­bane and Le­sotho Congress for Democ­racy ( LCD) leader and Deputy Prime Min­is­ter, Mo­thetjoa Mets­ing, over the pre­mier’s al­leged fail­ure to con­sult his fel­low prin­ci­pals when mak­ing cru­cial de­ci­sions, re­sulted in a com­plete break­down of the al­liance, which also in­cluded

the Ba­sotho Na­tional Party (BNP) led by Th­e­sele ‘Maserib­ane. The South­ern African Devel­op­ment

Com­mu­nity (SADC), through South Africa’s Deputy Prime Min­is­ter Cyril Ramaphosa, then bro-

kered a deal for an early elec­tion, which Dr Tha­bane on Sun­day said he was con­fi­dent of win­ning with

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