‘Maserib­ane ‘proud’ of BNP record

Lesotho Times - - Elections 2015 - Keiso Mohloboli

Ba­sotho Na­tional Party ( BNP) leader, th­e­sele ‘ Maserib­ane, says he is proud none of his min­is­ters were in­volved in any cor­rup­tion since they be­came part of the coali­tion gov­ern­ment in June 2012.

Chief ‘Maserib­ane also said he was happy the BNP was not re­spon­si­ble for the mid­stream col­lapse of the gov­ern­ment the party formed with the all Ba­sotho Con­ven­tion (ABC) and Le­sotho Congress for Democ­racy (LCD) af­ter the 26 May 2012 par­lia­men­tary elec­tions had failed to pro­duce an out­right ma­jor­ity win­ner.

ad­dress­ing thou­sands of sup­port­ers who thronged set­soto sta­dium on sun­day for the party’s last rally be­fore Le­sotho holds an early gen­eral elec­tion on 28 Fe­bru­ary, Chief ‘Maserib­ane said should the BNP form the next gov­ern­ment, it would pro­tect the public purse and en­sure zero-tol­er­ance for cor­rup­tion.

“I can proudly tell you all here to­day, and all those who are lis­ten­ing from home, that BNP min­is­ters and Mem­bers of the 8th Par­lia­ment, did not tar­nish the im­age of the party by abus­ing public funds or their power for their own ben­e­fit.

“None of them used public re­sources to gain sup­port from any­one, in­clud­ing na­tional se­cu­rity agen­cies, which had be­come ram­pant among other min­is­ters.

“We were so unique dur­ing the two years we were in gov­ern­ment and acted with dig­nity to se­cure the good im­age of the party.

“You should all be proud that while in gov­ern­ment, we held your party’s flag so high that it be­came vis­i­ble once again. Ev­ery sin­gle one of us was com­mit­ted to serv­ing the na­tion and noth­ing else.

“the fact that none of us, your min­is­ters, was taken to court for steal­ing public funds, means we are not thieves and for that, the BNP, as a party, should be proud.”

Chief ‘Maserib­ane, who is also the Min­is­ter of Gen­der, Youth, sports and Recre­ation, also spoke about the need to re­spect the monarch, which he said a Bnp-led gov­ern­ment would in­sist on.

“When the BNP went into gov­ern­ment, we were all loyal to almighty God, who helped us show re­spect to his Majesty (King Let­sie Iii).“our monarch has got to be re­spected as he brings unity among Ba­sotho as a na­tion.

“We e were un­like Congress min­is­ters who were not show­ing re­spect to the King and were busy pock­et­ing public funds, in­stead of con­cen­trat­ing ncen­trat­ing on de­liv­er­ing ser­vice to the peo­ple. e.

“We e saw some min­istries’ chief ac­count­ing of­fi­cers killingg them­selves whenn they could not ac­count for pub­licc funds, and they were not from de­part­mentsrt­ments un­der our con­trolon­trol as the BNP, but the LCD. We also saw LCD min­is­ters be­ing taken aken to court over cor­rup­tion,ption, but not any­onene from the BNP, and we are ex­tremely proud roud of this clean record. d. “If you vote ote the BNP into of­fice on 28 Fe­bru­ary, our gov­ern­ment is go­ing to work tire­lessly for you to get the ser­vices you de­serve, and the eco­nomic devel­op­ment this coun­try needs to cre­ate em­ploy­ment and en­sure pros­per­ity for all.

“a Bnp-led gov­ern­ment is go­ing to make sure ev­ery cit­i­zen benefits from the coun­try’s wealth, and not just a few fam­i­lies which are well-con­nected or abuse the sys­tem. “If you vote for us, we are go­ing to be pi­o­neers in the elim­i­na­tion of cor­rup­tion and eco­nomic of­fences; if you vote for us on satur­day, we are not go­ing to let you down.”

Bnp leader Th­e­sele ‘Maserib­ane

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