By Staff Writers

Maseru, Jan 13 (The Night’s Watch) – Prime Minister Thomas Thabane will not resign but will put up a fight, Minister of Small Business Development, Cooperatives and Marketing Chalane Phori said on Monday, amid growing pressure for the 80-year old leader to step down as head of government.

Thabane, who is the leader of the ruling All Basotho Convention (ABC), has been in a weakened position since January 5 when the Commissioner of Police Holomo Molibeli accused him of involvement in the killing of his estranged wife Lipolelo Thabane ahead of his inauguration in June 2017.

Lipolelo was shot dead by unknown assailants as she was about to drive into her Ha ‘Masana home on 14 June 2017. The incident occurred just two days before Thabane’s inauguration as prime minister.

The revelation that Thabane was involved in the murder of his wife made headlines around the world.

A faction of the ABC National Executive Committee (NEC) aligned to the party’s deputy leader Professor Nqosa Mahao then requested Thabane to step down as head of government, saying it was in the interest of the country’s citizens if he resigned immediately.

On Monday, Phori took to the social media to defend Thabane. He is the ABC’s deputy chairman.

He indicated that after much noise from his detractors, as sure as the sun will rise from the east, Thabane will still be the prime minister.

“Rumours are making rounds on social media that Prime Minister is going to resign and pass the baton to his deputy (Monyane Moleleki). That’s a lie. There is nothing like. Prime Minister will not resign,” Phori said. NW

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