ABC to launch campaign, unveil manifesto

 

Billy Ntaote

ALL Basotho Convention (ABC) Secretary-General, Samonyane Ntsekele, says the party is set to unveil its poll manifesto at Setsoto Stadium on 1 February.

Mr Ntsekele said the unveiling ceremony will also be the official launch of the ABC’s campaign ahead of next month’s National Assembly election.

Lesotho goes to an early poll on 28 February following last year’s collapse of the ABC, Basotho National Party (BNP) and Lesotho Congress for Democracy (LCD) alliance, which resulted in the formation of the country’s first coalition government in June 2012.

According to Mr Ntsekele, ABC leader, Prime Minister Thomas Thabane, will also use the star-rally to further explain why the coalition government could not last its five-year term, as well as his crusade against corruption and extreme poverty.

A bitter power-struggle between Dr Thabane and LCD leader Mothetjoa Metsing prompted the intervention of various stakeholders, but the feuding parties could not resolve their differences, hence next month’s snap election.

Mr Ntsekele told the Lesotho Times this week: “Our main message to the people is that they should vote for the ABC because it is a party determined to end hunger, extreme poverty, corruption and the theft of public funds. The launch of our election manifesto will also be a platform for the party to further explain why we find ourselves in this situation as a nation.”

However, Mr Ntsekele added the manifesto would be almost similar to that of the 2012 poll.

“We realised that we had a very good manifesto for the 2012 elections, and were only in government for two-and-a-half years, instead of the full five-year term. So we had not done most of the things we had intended to do as outlined in our manifesto, which is why we will still be using the same election strategy,” he said.

“Our party has shown the country that it is committed to fighting corruption, hence its election campaign message will be highlighting this.”

The ABC won 26 of the 80 contested constituencies in the 26 May 2012 poll, while the Democratic Congress took 41, and the LCD and Popular Front for Democracy (PFD) had 12 and one respectively.

 

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