‘Maseribane ‘proud’ of BNP record
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