I want to re­turn home:tha­bane

Lesotho Times - - News - Billy Ntaote

Ex­iled All Ba­sotho Con­ven­tion (ABC) leader, Thomas Tha­bane, yes­ter­day said his “deep­est wish” was to re­turn to le­sotho “to be with my fel­low coun­try­men and women” as the for­mer prime min­is­ter wished the na­tion a happy 2016.

“i should start by pass­ing my greet­ings and New Year wishes to all ABC mem­bers and my col­leagues in the op­po­si­tion we have been fight­ing to­gether with on one front and the Ba­sotho peo­ple as a whole and all the diplo­matic mis­sions in le­sotho.

“The year 2015 has been a painful one for us in the op­po­si­tion and gen­eral Ba­sotho pop­u­la­tion due to hu­man rights vi­o­la­tions, tor­ture, de­feat­ing the ends of jus­tice and threat­en­ing the ad­min­is­tra­tion of jus­tice, as­sas­si­na­tions and threats,” said the for­mer prime min­is­ter, who fled the coun­try for South Africa on 11 May this year say­ing he feared for his life.

dr Tha­bane was sub­se­quently fol­lowed to South Africa for the same rea­son, by Ba­sotho Na­tional Party (BNP) leader Chief Th­e­sele ‘Maserib­ane and Re­formed Congress of le­sotho leader Keketso Ran­tšo and the trio, along­side some of their sup­port­ers and le­sotho de­fence Force mem­bers, have been in the neigh­bour­ing coun­try since that tur­bu­lent month.

He con­tin­ued: “How­ever, we as the op­po­si­tion are not dis­cour­aged as we are fight­ing hard and the govern­ment side is in a predica­ment to the ex­tent that they are say­ing the re­port by the SADC Com­mis­sion (into le­sotho’s in­sta­bil­ity) led by Jus­tice Mpa­phi Phumaphi, should not be re­leased al­though they claim that they are the ones who called for the in­quiry.

“Mem­bers of the ABC, the BNP and the RCL and the Ba­sotho peo­ple at large, should have hope that the SADC re­port (which was sub­mit­ted to the re­gional bloc early this month but has not been made pub­lic due to a court case chal­leng­ing the probe’s le­git­i­macy) will soon be tabled by Jus­tice Phumaphi. What is im­por­tant is for the govern­ment to im­ple­ment the rec­om­men­da­tions once the re­port is tabled. i com­mend you my col­leagues and Mem­bers of Par­lia­ment (MPS) for your pa­tience and com­mit­ment.

“i also pass my con­do­lences to those af­fected by atroc­i­ties in­flicted by per­pe­tra­tors of th­ese heinous acts. Some of the peo­ple are sol­diers that are con­tin­u­ously tor­tured and some have fled the coun­try. i show grat­i­tude to SADC and the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity com­mit­ted to seek­ing jus­tice and the rule of law in le­sotho.”

dr Tha­bane also said he wished to re­turn to le­sotho af­ter be­ing out of the coun­try for so long.

“it is my deep­est wish to re­turn home to le­sotho to be with my fel- low coun­try­men and women. it is my hope that SADC would as­sist me and my col­leagues lead­ing other op­po­si­tion par­ties to­wards en­sur­ing our safe re­turn to le­sotho,” said dr Tha­bane.

“i hope God will change the think­ing of the lead­ers of the govern­ment so that they can un­der­stand that res­o­lu­tions to chal­lenges can be reached through dis­cus­sions.”

ABC leader Thomas Tha­bane.

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