Former Lesotho Prime Minister testifies in exile

Former Lesotho Prime Minister Tom Thabane testified this morning before the SADC Commission of inquiry into the death of the Lesotho Defence Force commander Maaparankoe Mahao.

Former Lesotho's Prime Minister, Thomas Thabane
Former Lesotho’s Prime Minister, Thomas Thabane

Thabane who testified in camera in the Republic of South Africa (RSA), was the last witnesses following the Basotho National Party leader, Chief Thesele Maseribane and Reformed Congress of Lesotho leader Mrs Keketso Rants’o, together with some LDF soldiers and civilians who are all in exile in the neighbouring country fearing for their lives in Lesotho.

After making his testimony in camera, Thabane was afforded a chance to make a public address to the commission and he warned that if Lesotho was to progress the role of the army has to be taken serious as there was a instability even when the commission was still going on with the inquiries.

“I am very, very confident that after this, the people of Lesotho will sit down and think of why they elected people as their leaders including myself.” He said adding that he was confident that the result of the commission will resonate with Lesotho itself.

Thabane further said if when they are elected leaders they forget that there is a lot of challenges including HIV/AIDS devastation, poverty, old age and orphans, with families left with no bread winners while some people insisting to be in leadership by force, the country still has a long way to go.

He said the people of Lesotho have sit to down and think of their country as a producer of water for a biggest economy in Southern Africa. “We supply water to a big industry in Johannesburg, and yet people sleep hungry in Lesotho. Distribution of wealth there is wrong. Some people are eating more than their share.” Said Thabane whose address marked the end of the commission hearing in South Africa.

The commission will resume in Maseru, Lesotho tomorrow.


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