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TOM THABANE

Tom Motsoahae Thabane

Prime Minister of Lesotho

Tom Thabane is the Prime Minister of Lesotho since June 2017. was a member of the Lesotho Congress for Democracy (LCD) and served in the government of Prime Minister Pakalitha Mosisili from 1998 to 2006, but in 2006 he split from the LCD and formed the All Basotho Convention.

PROFESSIONAL DETAILS

CURRENT POSITION(S)

Prime Minister | Kingdom of Lesotho
June 2012 – present

Government, Public Administration and Defence


Founder | All Basotho Convention Party
2006 – present

Government, Public Administration and Defence


President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama greet The Right Honorable Motsoahae Thomas Thabane, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Lesotho, in the Blue Room during a U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit dinner at the White House, Aug. 5, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Amanda Lucidon)

PREVIOUS POSITION(S)

Minister | Communications, Science and Technology | Kingdom of Lesotho
2004

Government, Public Administration and Defence


Minister | Home Affairs and Public Safety | Kingdom of Lesotho
June 2002 – November 2004

Government, Public Administration and Defence


Tom Thabane and his wife ‘Malsaiah, who was ‘ousted’ as first lady by Lipolelo in 2015. (Photo: Justice Kalebe)
Foreign Minister | Kingdom of Lesotho
June 1998 – June 2002

Government, Public Administration and Defence


Advisor of Prime Minister Ntsu Mokhehle | Kingdom of Lesotho
1995

Government, Public Administration and Defence


Minister | Foreign Affairs | Kingdom of Lesotho
1991 – 1992

Government, Public Administration and Defence


Principal Secretary | Health | Kingdom of Lesotho

Government, Public Administration and Defence.

 

Thomas Thabane’s house, a sprawling property on a hill overlooking central Maseru, is the house of a man who does not expect to live there long. When I interviewed him there in May, just days before Lesotho’s general election, there is still hardly any furniture in the rooms, and no art or photographs on the walls. The kitchen looks unused.

Thabane, admittedly, has had little time for decorating. The 78-year-old politician and his wife only returned from political exile in February, and they have been on the campaign trail ever since. But the real reason the house remains bare is that Thabane is confident. He thinks he will be moving house again: this time, into the prime minister’s residence.

He was right, as it turned out. In their third election in five years, Basotho voters gave Thabane’s All Basotho Convention 48 seats in parliament – not enough for a clear majority, but enough to allow him to form another coalition government. He is due to be sworn in on Friday morning.

Thabane has been in and out of government for nearly four decades. He has been an advisor, a civil servant, a parliamentarian, and held several cabinet portfolios over the years. But his first stint as Prime Minister was short-lived. His coalition government lasted just two years, toppled by an attempted military coup in 2014 that forced him into exile, and back into the opposition.

The dangers he faces are highlighted again by a tragedy on the eve of his inauguration: his estranged wife, Lipolelo Thabane, was shot dead by a gunman while driving in her village just outside Maseru. It is not clear yet whether this murder was politically-motivated, although the timing is very suspicious.

 

 

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