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Mahao forms new political party

Professor Nqosa Mahao leads the new party called the Basotho Action Party (BAP)


April 24, 2021 2 min read

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FORMER NUL Vice Chancellor Professor Nqosa Mahao has launched a new political party called the Basotho Action Party (BAP).

The party was launched at a press conference that was held in Maseru on Friday - just a day after Mahao was kicked out as the Minister of Law and Justice.

He was accompanied by other MPs including two other former ministers who were also axed with him.

Mahao who leads the new party said they formed the party following endless infighting within the ruling All Basotho Convention (ABC).

The disputes within the ABC, he said began in 2019, adding by end of that year, the fighting factions appeared to have buried the hatchet.

“We were only shocked when the infighting resurfaced recently,” he told the media briefing, adding that they suspect the scuffles will continue long after their departure.

The new party, he said will be registered at both the Law Office and the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) by Friday next week, adding that they are already making preparations for their supporters to register into the new party.

He said they have already established 15 temporary committees which will oversee different departments within the party, such as the party constitution.


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Mahao was quick to show that they have completed the first draft of the constitution.
He noted that at least 20 MPs have joined the party, including MPs for Berea, Mabote, Peka, Thaba-Tseka, Maputsoe, Likhoele, Mphosong, Pela-Tšoeu, Korokoro, Malibamatšo and Mechechane among others.

He could however, not be drawn to disclose the names of the remaining nine MPs for some special reasons.

Their number, he said will enable them to be the main opposition party in Parliament.
The members of the new party, he said will cross the floor in Parliament probably next week, before tabling a motion of no confidence against the Prime Minister.

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