Thomas Thabane timeline

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  • Born on 28 May 1939 in Makhoakhoeng, Maseru
  • went to Masianokeng Primary School in the early 1950s and later went to Maseru Day High School (formerly known as Control) before going to Lesotho High School
  • graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree majoring in Political Science and English at the then Pius XI College, now called the National University of Lesotho (NUL) in 1964
  • worked in the Senate as First Clerk and later Deputy Clerk from 1966 to 1970. The Leabua Jonathan administration later moved him to the Ministry of Health where he worked as Education Assistant Secretary
  • worked as permanent secretary of Justice from 1972 to 1976 (now Home Affairs), Health from 1978 to 1983, Foreign Affairs from 1983 to 1985 and back to Interior from 1985 to 1986
  • appointed Secretary of Council of Ministers from 1986 to 1990
  • appointed Information and Broadcasting Minister in 1990 to 1991
  • appointed Prime Minister’s Political Advisor in 1998 by Ntsu Mokhehle
  • contested in the general elections 1998 and won the Ha-Abi constituency and served as Minister of Foreign Affairs until 2003
  • appointed Minister of Home Affairs and Public Safety in 2003 until 2005
  • served as Minister of Communications, Science and Technology from 2005 to 2006
  • formed the All Basotho Convention in 2006
  • won 17 constituencies and nine proportional representation seats in 2007 and remained in parliament until 2012
  • partnered with the Lesotho Congress for Democracy (LCD) and the Lesotho People’s Congress to form a government in 2012
  • his government collapsed in 2014 and went on to lose elections in 2015 ushering in Pakalitha Mosisili’s seven parties’ coalition
  • fled the country in 2015 along with other political leaders
  • returned to Lesotho in February 2017
  • his ABC party formed a new government with the Basotho National Party (BNP), Reformed Congress of Lesotho (RCL) and the Alliance of Democrats (AD) in June 2017
  • accused of having ab hand in the murder of his former wife, Lipolelo in January 2020
  • resigned from government 18 May 2020

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