Phori speaks of ABC elections manifesto

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By Teboho Molemahang

All Basotho Convention (ABC) National Executive Committee (NEC) deputy chairperson Chalane Phori has said the party manifesto for the 2022 elections is about rural development.

Phori who is also the Qoaling constituency legislator said he no longer recognizes the ABC’s cabinet ministers that failed to support Prime Minister Moeketsi Majoro’s ouster in parliament leading to the failure of the attempt to pave way for the installation of his new leader, Qeme constituency legislator Nkaku Kabi as Prime Minister.

Kabi launched the party manifesto at a rally that was attended by just a few of the party members signalling a huge decline in party membership.

Phori said their focus is on rural development.

“We will ensure that all districts have vocational training schools to serve people in the villages. Vocational Training schools will fight the rate of unemployment and introduce our youth to solutions and make them entrepreneurs,” he said.

He added that it is the ABC’s style to go on a campaign across all of the country’s villages including rural when executing developments to ensure that at least 98 percent of the population is covered.

He said they would be on a drive to inform the party followers that ABC is still alive after all the intra-party fights over positions that resulted in splinter parties being formed out of the party.

Phori said the party wants to see the state broadcaster cease the broadcast of foreign programmes but focus on programmes developed locally by Basotho.

Phori said Majoro has neglected former Prime Minister Thomas Thabane’s efforts on rural development.

“About neglected initiatives, he said the current government has not used a machine that manufactures paper eggs tray, and a factory that was to produce blankets from garments waste, so this factory was going to export its produces through African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) initiative but this are all neglected,” he said.

Phoris weighed on his achievement when he was a minister, and boasted of his success in introducing local auctioning of wool and mohair.

“BKB was trading in Lesotho without a license. They were a scam made to benefit some politicians who had orchestrated the existence of BKB in Lesotho,” he said.

However, Phori admitted that there were irregularities from his then led ministry of Small business and cooperatives and marketing, but has said: “it did not mean wool would not be sold intra-nationally”.