Opinion: Thabane’s end is finally here

Prime Minister Thomas Thabane is finally over, as of today, King Letsie IIII have appointed Dr. Moeketsi Majoro as his successor and has to form a new government. This is the final nail in the coffin of the political life Thabane. The king has sealed it.

So, what else can we say? Well, the former Prime Minister has enough scandals on his back. His involvement with an Foreign Envoy, who he used to gain political capital and earned fortunes with. His triangle connection to the demise and murder of his ex-wife. All of these things haven’t been answered.

This man has also used the army to stifle opposition to him. His gotten other high ranking officials into trouble, because they have investigated the Prime Minister. Thabane has used his power and tried to intimidate them.

That he haven’t answered for Xan Yie nor for the murder of Lipolelo Thabane. These allegations and investigations needs to finalized. These sort of things shouldn’t vanish into thin air, but now that’s his out of office. He will have the ability to answer for those. Not run to Johannesburg or elsewhere in South Africa. Claim sick or ill, when the Courts are summoning him.

There is time to answer for his scandals. If he was involved or directly earning money on the legislation and connections to the Wool Industry, also if he has a stake in the mohair?

Who knows, but this man has done his part. His played with high stakes and now has to accept the burden of loosing his office. He cannot use the army nor the police to stop his enemies. This man cannot use power and intimidation anymore.

Thabane is done in office. The King has said so and ordered his end. The Prime Minister has misused the office. His even most likely involved in the murder of his ex-wife. There is nothing this man would do. If it didn’t benefit him.

That why he just recently ordered the army to the streets and arrested peers. So, they couldn’t touch him. Now, the King has demoted him. His time is up.

A PM who wanted to move mountains, but lost it all. Power corrupts and this man lost it all in his greed. This man did it and that’s why scandals has hit him. However, its been all self serving and therefore, his demise isn’t sad. Its more a reality check and an balancing act, which in the end ensured his fall.

PM Thabane will not be remembered for his legislation, nor his years in office. However, he will be remembered for running away from the law, misusing his office and his questionable friends. Peace.

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Lesotho: Communique following the Visit of the Special Envoy of His Excellency President Cyril Ramaphosa, Former Minister Jeff Radebe (20.04.2020)

Lesotho: The Prime Minister who wanted to move mountains

Prime Minister Thomas Thabane who has already ran away from a murder case of his Ex-Wife. A case that is not resolved in the Court. A Prime Minister who yesterday lost another court case in the Constitutional Court. Where his order to prorogue the Parliament was nullified. There was also reports of the arrested of Police Commissioner Holomo Molibeli.

This is all in connection with the court case pending the murder trial, one that the PM surely working hard to get forgotten and dismissed too. That is why he has arrested the Police Commissioner who ordered and ensured the case had life.

What we also seeing is during the lockdown the army has been put into the streets. The army has been ordered to remain order and restore institutions. This is happening as the PM is losing in Courts. That is surely an open challenge to the rule of law and his authority.

Since the PM can order as the Executive and Head of State could order the army to this. That is why eyewitnesses saw rmy commander Mojalefa Letsoela arrest Commissioner Molibeli. This is all because the PM is entrenched.

We know that the PM has no issues to take life and try to get away with it. That is why he has no trouble ordering the army to seal his deal. He wants to keep power and not be troubled by anyone. That is why its easier to intimidate the public with the soldiers on the street and the ones who abide by laws. Will get into trouble, because the laws is only an obstacle, but someone who does whatever it takes to get what he wants

PM Thabane has no scruples. He will use all means to have power and apparently misuse it for personal gains. This is the day after the loss in Courts. He had to order the soldiers and arrest an enemy. A enemy which is there to secure the operation of the Police. That says a lot of mind of Thabane.

The Prime Minister will move mountains, he will make them dance, but only for his glory. The PM has only his self interest and his gains out of this. These actions made is to silence and stop the ones questioning his involvement in the murder of his ex-wife. This is not done, because he wants to secure institutions nor the rule of law. If he believed in rule of law, he would have showed up and answer for the evidence in the trial of the ex-wife. Which he has deflected by all means possible.

He will play sick and aloof, but now in office his fresh enough to order the soldiers on the streets of Lesotho. That is the sort of man and his behaviour only amplifies his motives, which is not for the greater good, but only selfish interests. Peace.

Lesotho: Attorney General Haae Phoofolo letter to Commissioner of Police Holomo Molibeli – Re: A Letter to the Prime Minister dates 20/01/2020 (21.01.2020)

Lesotho: A Love-Triangel ending in Murder

The Second Wife Lipolelo Thabane were assassinated on the 14th June 2017, two days before the inauguration of husband and in-coming Prime Minister Dr. Thomas Thabane. Since then the mysterious events haven’t been resolved.

Therefore, the speculations about the murder has lingered on. As there was a Court Battle for who was deemed the First Lady, either the second or the third wife of the Prime Minister. However, that was still pending in the courts, but she was later shot down. While the third wife Maesaiah Thabane been a person of interest. Now, tomorrow the former Prime Minister is also scheduled to meet the Police whose investigating the matter.

What is even more intriguing in the matter is that communications from the Phone of the Prime Minister has been intercepted at the murder scene. As his communicated with the ones who possibly participated in the killing of his second wife. That’s been reported by Lesotho Police Chief Holomo Molibeli:

This whole thing is straight out of a movie. It is the political action movie with in-coming Prime Minister. Hiring assassins to save himself from bloody love-triangle between himself, his former wife and his new wife. While the Courts was having pending cases on it. Also, using the phone to call that, as well as finalizing things for his own inauguration. Therefore, his bloodstained hands would be on the seal and official podium. That is just like a movie.

Fiction and real life are sometimes not far apart. That the Prime Minister has to answer the investigations and the calls he made in 2017. He will not be all high and mighty for long, as he has promised to step-down and resign.

However, this tale is not over. As the Prime Minister and third wife has to answer for their role in the demise of Lipolelo Thabane. The couple both have to answer her death. Usually in manners like this, its either the previous spouse or the love-interest. If you watch the series Fatal-Vows, than you knows this. This is a tale as old as sin. Nothing new, just a new murder case in Lesotho whose causing headlines, because of the ones involved in the matter.

We cannot be shocked that this happens, as the ones with power are used to get away from their sins. However, this time seemingly he doesn’t and he got to answer. As there are some evidence pinning him and therefore, he got answer the coincidence.

We cannot know why, but usually humiliation and love-interest sparks more fury that anything else. Secondly, a woman scorned might bite. Nevertheless, at this point we don’t know, even if there are indications of people involved in the murder. Peace.

Lesotho: Deputy Commissioner Mokete letter to Prime Minister Thabane – Re: Investigation Regarding Assassination of Mrs. Lipolelo Thabane (20.01.2020)

Lesotho: The Prime Minister and his Chinese Envoy…

Xie is probably the biggest corruptor in Lesotho”Mafa Sejanamane

We are living in interesting times, when the Kingdom of Lesotho and the political elite is corrupted by one man. In this day and age, the Prime Minister Thomas Thabane and his family is easily corrupted by the naturalized citizen from China, this being Xie Yan or “John”. His been an businessman since the 1990s in the Kingdom. He has had a convenience store and two building companies registered by 2011. But by now 2018, he had 24 registered companies in Kingdom, while his also appointed as a special envoy and trade advisor of the Prime Minister.

Xie Yan or “John” is really involved in all sort of affairs. If it is the Wool War or the Red Meat ban, his been involved and ensure some high stakes. With the knowledge of his rise, his enterprises growing, while his in “office”. That should be concern in itself. This is like the Gupta’s of South Africa, but a smaller scale in the Kingdom. The Gupta’s didn’t even have any office in the Zuma Presidency, but still had massive influence over state owned enterprises. Just imagine how “John” can deal with things from his close association and connection with the Prime Minister.

With that in mind, I have some articles, where the man is mentioned and revealed his character. Like he stated himself in October 2018: “The problem with governments in Lesotho is that ministers are very slow. Everything about them is slow. They don’t have powers to make decisions,” ( Lekhetho Ntsukunyane – ‘Thabane Chinese Advisor Attacks Government’ 15.10.2018, Centre for Investigative Journalism). Now that is cleared, look at what people say about him.

Xie, known universally in Lesotho as “John”, is a naturalised Mosotho who arrived in Lesotho from China in 1990 and built a business empire that includes supermarkets, construction, farming and quarrying. He topped the news agenda and stirred heated debate when Thabane appointed him “head of special projects and the prime minister’s special envoy and trade adviser on the China-Asia trade network” in August 2017, immediately after forming his new government” (Lekhetho Ntsukunyane – ‘Chinese business tycoon reveals how he helped fund politicians in Lesotho – but denies claim of state capture’ 01.11.2018, amaBhungane).

The Minister of Local Government and Chieftainship Affairs Mahala Molapo has asked the Directorate on Corruption and Economic Offences (DCEO) to speed up investigations into the awarding of the M340 million tender for the upgrading of Mpilo Boulevard Intersections. Last month the Principal Secretary (PS) of the Ministry of Local Government, Khothatso Tšooana, sensationally claimed that he was ordered to award the tender to a controversial Chinese businessman Yan Xie’s UNIK Construction Engineering company” (The Night’s Watch – ‘HEAT RISES FOR ‘MAESAIAH AND PHORI, THE 4X4 GOVERNMENT’S TOP LIABILITIES’ 07.11.2019).

Mafa Sejanamane, Lesotho’s ambassador to Ethiopia and a representative to the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), is a strong critic of Xie’s. In a lengthy editorial published by Lesotho’s MNN Center for Investigative Journalism this March, he wrote: “The picture which emerges out of Xie’s dealings is of an extremely devious person whose business modus operandi is one of a corruptor…Xie doesn’t care about those businesses as long as they are a front and a means through which he stays in the front seat for government tenders. He is a ruthless tenderpreneur. “Xie is probably the biggest corruptor in Lesotho,” Sejanamane concluded” (Lucy Papachristou – ‘Lesotho: Chinese Businessman Admits to Funding Top Politicians’ 06.11.2018, OCCRP).

I will end this part with the words of Lesotho Analysis:

Two things are important here:

a)all known businesses of Xie were closed while LRA went on with its investigations. It is not known whether and how much Xie settled his obligations since LRA does not disclose such issues about its clients unless there is a court order. But what is known is that Xie liquidated his businesses and months later resumed business under new companies. The old companies which owed LRA no longer existed. As a result of the closure and the liquidation of those companies a number of local companies which were owed money had no alternative but to write-off substantial amounts of moneys owed. One company whose records I have seen wrote off almost M500, 000 of the debts Xie’s company owed.

b) Xie also runs a lot of companies as a silent or a hidden partner. For example he ran a company called Jackpot Wholesalers which was under a different organisation as opposed to Jackpot Supermarket. He claimed then that he was not the owner but the financier of that wholesale. It was closed, but I have no confirmation that it was liquidated like the other companies. He has a string of such companies” (Lesotho Analysis, 21.08.2017, link: https://lesothoanalysis.com/2017/08/21/429/).

When a character who does this sort of shady dealings, whose involved in direct connection with Prime Minister and his cabinet. When his there and has the ability with his “office”. We can just imagine, how he will use his influence and possible funds to sway policies and regulations his way. To enforce his businesses and his associates. That wouldn’t be weird, but natural. To that extent, that his motivation is more money, easy monopolies and hopefully a sanctioned business-model, which gives astronomical growth for his companies.

As we have seen, in 2011 he had a few businesses, but by 2018 he had registered a dozen more. This while his been involved and knowingly helped the leadership of the day. With the help, he surely wants a “pay-off”, which will include kick-backs and government tenders. We can imagine the amounts scorned and funds eaten.

John” is taking the Kingdom of Lesotho for a fool. Thabane is facilitating it. Maybe, because John paid of his wedding and other family events. Maybe because John paid his rent while in exile. Who knows, but there is a relationship that is a gain for Xie Yan and not for the people. That should worry the King and his Court. Peace.