PM DE­FEnDs oF­fiCE oF tHE FIrst LADy

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PRIME Min­is­ter Thomas Tha­bane has warned peo­ple to stop spread­ing false­hoods about the ad­min­is­tra­tion of the Of­fice of the First Lady, Mae­sa­iah Tha­bane.

Ad­dress­ing All Ba­sotho Con­ven­tion (ABC) sup­port­ers at a re­cent rally in Hlotse Num­ber 13 con­stituency in Leribe, Dr Tha­bane said it was patently false that the Of­fice of the First Lady was cre­ated to fa­cil­i­tate his po­lit­i­cal cam­paigns.

“There is a lot of un­for­tu­nate and un­war­ranted mis­in­for­ma­tion do­ing the rounds that the Of­fice of the First Lady was es­tab­lished for the pur­poses of gain­ing po­lit­i­cal mileage,” Dr Tha­bane said, adding, “These are mere false­hoods that should stop. I don’t even know where that is com­ing from”.

He ex­plained that after the elec­tions, he had re­quested the govern­ment to es­tab­lish the of­fice with a man­date to en­sure that the First Lady worked to­wards re­spond­ing to the needs of vul­ner­a­ble peo­ple in­clud­ing the el­derly and or­phans.

Dr Tha­bane said some false­hoods could be part of the schem­ing of rogue el­e­ments dis­guised as his party mem­bers when they were ac­tu­ally spy­ing for other po­lit­i­cal par­ties.

“You should shake off those who are dis­guised in our colours be­cause they are en­e­mies of progress who are even more dan­ger­ous than those who openly show that they are against our party,” he said.

“I am giv­ing a stern warn­ing to those who think that my house is a play­ground, they must re­spect me and my wife.”

He also lauded his fol­low­ers for a job well done in win­ning in the lo­cal govern­ment elec­tions and ap­pealed to them to con­tinue work­ing hard to build the party.

“We should not be car­ried away by our good per­for­mance in the last elec­tions and rest on your lau­rels, in­stead we should work harder to gain more sup­port and trust of the peo­ple. This will help the party to do even much bet­ter in the next elec­tions.”

He said there is also need for the govern­ment to fo­cus more on im­prov­ing ser­vice de­liv­ery, par­tic­u­larly in the health sec­tor, to en­sure that Ba­sotho are able to ac­cess qual­ity ser­vices.

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