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Jan. 30, 2022

LINEO MABEKEBEKE

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Nkaku Kabi is new ABC leader

Nkaku Kabi is new ABC leader

The new ABC leader, Nkaku Kabi

Story highlights

  • The new leader promises to grow the party and maintain peace
  • Tsoinyane Rapapa dropped out of the leadership race

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MP for Qeme constituency, Nkaku Kabi was on Saturday elected as the new leader of the ruling All Basotho Convention (ABC), beating deputy leader, Dr Moeketsi Majoro by 723 votes to the latter’s 609.

This, after the former leader and founder of Kobo-tata ea Basotho, Motsoahae Thabane stepped down recently.

Thabane who is also the former Prime Minister formed the ABC in 2006 as a breaking away party from the then ruling Lesotho Congress for Democracy (LCD).

The weekend conference which began on Friday at Lesotho High School was aimed at giving the party ample time to choose Thabane’s successor and prepare for the elections which will be held later this year.

Receiving the leadership baton from Thabane who also attended the conference, Kabi said although he finally won, the journey to the top seat was however, not easy at all.

Kabi assured the ABC members that going forward, the internal fighting within the National Executive Committee (NEC) would stop.

“Ours is to fight to ensure that we win the upcoming general elections,” the new party leader said.

He noted that they had already started the journey of fighting stock theft and youth unemployment among others, adding that together they had a chance to free Lesotho from both poverty and hunger.

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He thanked all the people who voted for him, promising that he would work hard to grow the party and maintain peace among its members.

For his part, Thabane wished Kabi all the luck as the new leader while also thanking other contestants who had entered the leadership race.

He appealed to women to participate in the next leadership elections in order to be future leaders of the party.

“I thank all of you here for a peaceful conference and elections, you proved that you are indeed peaceful people,” he said.

Working committee member, Samonyane Ntsekele who had also entered the race garnered 84 votes while Tsoinyane Rapapa dropped out of the contest.

Before he became the leader, Kabi who is a former Cabinet Minister was the party’s Deputy Secretary General.

 

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