Call to revive Jonathan’s policies

Lesotho Times
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THESELE ’Maseribane


By Letuka Chafotsa

THABA-TSEKA — The Basotho National Party (BNP) is pledging to revive former Prime Minister Leabua Jonathan’s policies on poverty eradication and development for Lesotho.
Jonathan ruled Lesotho from 1965 up to 1986 when he was overthrown in a coup by General Metsing Lekhanya.

While addressing a BNP supporters at a rally at Methalaneng in the Thaba-Moea constituency at the weekend, party leader, sports minister Thesele ‘Maseribane said the only way to develop and advance Baso­tho is through reviving policies of Jonathan’s regime as they worked in people’s best inter­ests.
“The good policies that Ntate Leabua’s government implemented are not outdated and the BNP is ready to carry them forward now,” ‘Maseribane said.

BNP is a junior partner in Prime Minis­ter Thomas Thabane’s coalition government formed with the premier’s All Basotho Con­vention (ABC) and Deputy Prime Minister Mothetjoa Metsing’s Lesotho Congress for Democracy (LCD).

Maseribane said his party was a home for all Basotho as it did not believe in discrimi­nation on any grounds.

“The BNP is modelled around King Mo­shoeshoe I’s ideology of bringing communi­ties together,” ‘Maseribane said.

“That is why the BNP was advocating for communities to collectively engage in com­mercial agriculture for sustainable develop­ment.”

‘Maseribane said the BNP would revive co-operatives and reminded supporters of enterprises such as the now defunct Egg Cir­cles where eggs were collected from poultry farmers on a large scale to sell to the general public.

“For example, we had Egg Circles for collection of eggs from poultry farmers and we were the market of the nation, so please cast your vote for us,” ‘Maseribane said.

‘Maseribane said Lesotho’s development ceased with the overthrow of Leabua’s gov­ernment as there were no major infrastruc­tural projects thereafter.

“There was no construction of roads and no new police stations were built to curb the alarming rate of crime in the country,” ‘Ma­seribane said.

‘Maseribane had earlier arrived on the back of a horse surrounded by throngs of singing, dancing and ululating BNP sup­porters.

“It’s the culture of the BNP to be part of the mob and not be escorted by security per­sonnel,” ‘Maseribane said.

“When attending several BNP gather­ings, even BNP founder Ntate Leabua used to arrive on the back of a horse as he enjoyed being part of party support­ers.”

Flanked by health deputy minister Dr Nthabiseng Makoae, BNP national coordi­nator Tšita Letsie and youth league presi­dent Ts’eliso Lesenya, ‘Maseribane said he believed in collective responsibility in han­dling public issues and therefore appealed to the Thaba-Moea community to work to­gether with the BNP’s by-election candidate Matsemela Khasoane.

He also pleaded with him to be trustwor­thy and loyal to the constituency members and that there should not be elements of dis­crimination in the BNP.

“We do not discriminate against anybody while in government but we advocate for addressing issues at all times,” ‘Maseribane said.

He further pleaded with BNP members who migrated to other political parties to “return home to the BNP”.
“We’re a peaceful organisation and our colours are testimony as we’re dedicated to peace,” ‘Maseribane said.

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