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Lesotho PM Thabane’s faces no-confidence motion for ceding power to wife

Lesotho’s Prime Minister Thomas Thabane faces a motion of no confidence from his own ruling All Basotho Convention (ABC).

“We hereby move a motion that this honourable house has no confidence in a government of Lesotho led by the Prime Minister Thomas Motsoahe Thabane,” read a motion filed by ABC’s Motebang Koma and seconded by the main opposition Democratic Congress deputy leader, Motlalentoa Letsosa.

While the motion did not outline reasons for wanting Thabane out, some party members have turned to local media to voice claims that the 80-year-old premier was ceding political power to his young wife, Maesaiah Thabane.

“He allowed his wife to usurp control of the party and government,” outspoken Thaba-Bosiu Principal Chief Khoabane Theko said.

“What they must do is to call a special conference and resolve that Ntate Thabane should step down. He wants to play God with this government through his wife.” Ntate means sir in Lesotho.

Defence minister Tefo Mapesela told parliament this week that Thabane intended to call fresh elections when parliament reconvenes.

Picture of Lesotho Prime Minister Thomas Thabane and his wife Maesaiah Thabane

Tom Thabane and Maesaiah Thabane

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