Tom Thabane’s resignation set to create more challenges for Lesotho

Thabane (80) has announced on Thursday that he was stepping down.

Lesotho PM Thomas Motsoahae Thabane (C) looks on during proceedings at the closing ceremony of the 37th Southern African Development Community (SADC) Summit of Heads of State and Government at The OR Tambo Building in Pretoria on 20 August, 2017. Picture: AFP

MASERU - Confirmation that Lesotho Prime Minister Tom Thabane was retiring appears to be creating more challenges for the kingdom.

Thabane (80) announced on Thursday that he was stepping down.

But it's yet not clear who would be taking over.

The Minister of Communications Thesele Maseribane said that Thabane informed the king, cabinet and coalition partners of his intentions.

“Also to inform the neighbours of his intentions like he has informed everybody else. He has informed the Cabinet, he has informed His Majesty and he has informed us as coalition partners.”

But Maseribane struggled to say who should take over as the Constitution did not spell it out for a coalition.

“We want to do it, it should be legally... we don’t want any other challenges. So, it requires Parliament being open and there are legal minds working around that.”

Thabane’s fractured party, the All Basotho Convention, is holding meetings in what appears to be a desperate attempt at unity to prevent Deputy Prime Minister Monyane Moleleki from the Alliance Of Democrats from taking power.