Tha­bane to o hold star rally

Sunday Express - - FRONT PAGE - Billy Ntaote

ALL Ba­sotho Con­ven­tion (ABC) leader, thomas tha­bane, will hold a star rally in Abia to­day to thank Ba­sotho for their sup­port in last month’s par­lia­men­tary elec­tions.

the ABC won 40 of the 80 con­stituen­cies be­ing con­tested, fol­lowed by the Demo­cratic Congress (DC), Le­sotho Congress (LCD) and Ba­sotho Na­tional Party (BNP) with 37, two and one, re­spec­tively.

how­ever, Dr tha­bane failed to gar­ner the 61-plus seats he needed to re­tain the premier­ship fol­low­ing the dis­burse­ment of 40 Pro­por­tional Rep­re­sen­ta­tion (PR) seats.

Be­cause of this fail­ure, Dr tha­bane is step­ping down as pre­mier on tues­day this week, with DC leader Pakalitha Mo­sisili — whose party formed an al­liance with the LCD, Popular Front for Democ­racy, Mare­mat­lou Free­dom Party, Na­tional In­de­pen­dent Party, Ba­sotho Congress Party and Le­sotho Peo­ple’s Congress to have a to­tal of 65 seats — suc­ceed­ing him.

But ac­cord­ing to ABC chair­per­son Mot­lohi Maliehe, the party had re­alised “phe­nom­e­nal growth” since its for­ma­tion in 2006 as it won 17 con­stituen­cies in 2007, 26 in 2012 and 40 this year, hence the need to thank the elec­torate.

“We are not a party that only comes to life dur­ing an elec­tion but al­ways ac­tive as an or­gan­i­sa­tion. Dr tha­bane will start the thank-you ral­lies in his home con­stituency of Abia on Sun­day.

“this is go­ing to be dis­trict or star rally, while I will also be lead­ing an­other big rally in Butha-Buthe, also on Sun­day.

“the Abia rally starts at mid­day, and the party lead­er­ship is ex­pected to come to Butha-Buthe once it’s over,” said Maliehe.

Mr Maliehe added the two ral­lies would mark the be­gin­ning of the party’s cam­paign for the 2020 gen­eral elec­tion.

“We are kick-start­ing our coun­try­wide cam­paigns with th­ese ral­lies as we re­alise that we need to pre­pare for the next elec­tions,” said Maliehe.

Le­sotho held an early elec­tion on 28 Fe­bru­ary af­ter the tha­bane-led gov­ern­ment col­lapsed due to a vi­cious power-strug­gle be­tween the pre­mier and his deputy, LCD leader Mo­thetjoa Mets­ing.

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