ACTION IRELAND TRUST BACK IN LESOTHO IN 2017

A group of about 90 Irish people, including 42 students from Portmarnock Community School in Fingal County Dublin will visit Lesotho, arriving on Saturday February 11th. The team also has professional experts in various areas, who will spend two weeks in Lesotho volunteering in several community support projects, mainly in the Ha Hlalele community on the south-western area of Maseru districts.

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The students and teachers from Portmarnock Community School will spend time with their counterparts at their partner school – Hlalele High School – exchanging tips on teaching and learning, also in construction works around the school and its nearby primary schools. The ground work for the construction and establishment of an early-childhood development centre for the Hlalele community will also be commenced during this visit.

Volunteer health professionals from Ireland will conduct a medical clinic for the Hlalele Community during their stay in Lesotho.

Among many activities that the Action Ireland Trust team will be a visit to St Angela Cheshire Home for people with disabilities in Maseru. Other work in support of education development will extend a far as Leribe and Botha-Bothe.

Before their return to Ireland on Saturday 25th February, the touring party will visit tourist attraction in Lesotho such as Malealea Pony Trekking and Ha Kome Caves.   

Lesotho Embassy Dublin

10 February 2017

ACTION IRELAND TRUST BACK IN LESOTHO IN 2017

A group of about 90 Irish people, including 42 students from Portmarnock Community School in Fingal County Dublin will visit Lesotho, arriving on Saturday February 11th. The team also has professional experts in various areas, who will spend two weeks in Lesotho volunteering in several community support projects, mainly in the Ha Hlalele community on the south-western area of Maseru districts.

The students and teachers from Portmarnock Community School will spend time with their counterparts at their partner school – Hlalele High School – exchanging tips on teaching and learning, also in construction works around the school and its nearby primary schools. The ground work for the construction and establishment of an early-childhood development centre for the Hlalele community will also be commenced during this visit.

Volunteer health professionals from Ireland will conduct a medical clinic for the Hlalele Community during their stay in Lesotho.

Among many activities that the Action Ireland Trust team will be a visit to St Angela Cheshire Home for people with disabilities in Maseru. Other work in support of education development will extend a far as Leribe and Botha-Bothe.

Before their return to Ireland on Saturday 25th February, the touring party will visit tourist attraction in Lesotho such as Malealea Pony Trekking and Ha Kome Caves.   

Lesotho Embassy

10 February 2017

50th Independence Anniversary of the Kingdom of Lesotho

The 4th October 2016 marks the 50th year that the Kingdom of Lesotho has been self-governing as an Independent state after it was under British protection and rule for 98 years from 12 March 1868. The Embassy of the Kingdom of Lesotho in Dublin, Ireland - also accredited to Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden - joins the rest of Basotho - the people of Lesotho - in celebrating the golden jubilee of the independence of our country. 

The Embassy is hosting a diplomatic reception at the Ballsbridge Hotel in Dublin to Mark this occassion on the evening of October 4th, 2016. The Embassy of the Kingdom of Lesotho, In collaboration with Portmarnock Community School, Action Ireland Trust, Fingal County Council and friends and nationals of Lesotho will host a Photographic Exhibition at the Portmarnock Hotel & Golf Links in Portmarnock, Fingal, Co. Dublin on Wednesday 5th October 2016. 

HAPPY 50TH INDEPENDENCE ANNIVERSARY TO BASOTHO AND FRIENDS OF LESOTHO IN IRELAND, DENMARK, FINLAND, ICELAND, NORWAY, SWEDEN AND ALL OVER THE WORLD.

For more information on events in Lesotho to mark this momentus occassion, check the Government of Lesotho portal here.

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LESOTHO MINISTER OF LOCAL GOVERNMENT AND CHIEFTAINSHIP AFFAIRS COMPLETES HER VISIT TO IRELAND

The Lesotho Minister of Local Government and Chieftainship Affairs Honourable Dr Pontšo ’Matumelo Sekatle MP completed her visit to Ireland where she was a guest of the Fingal County Council from 19 to 23 June 2016.

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Honourabe Minister Dr Pontso Sekatle and Mayor Cllr David O'Connor sign an MOU on June 21, 2016

Minister Sekatle was in Ireland to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Fingal County Council to extend an ongoing partnership with her Ministry, for a further two years. The MOU was signed by Minister Sekatle for the Government of Lesotho while the outgoing Mayor Cllr David O’Connor, signed on behalf of the Fingal County Council on Tuesday 21 June 2016. The agreement covers areas of strategic cooperation including: capacity building in spatial planning through training and exchange of experts; supporting the newly established Planning Institute of Lesotho; collaboration in land surveying, mapping and land valuation; and support for continuing education of Lesotho spatial planners in collaboration with the Dublin Institute of Technology and the National University of Lesotho.

During her visit the Lesotho Minister also met with the Irish Minister of State for the Diaspora and Overseas Development Mr. Joe McHugh TD, Member of Parliament for Dublin Fingal Deputy Alan Farrell TD, Senator Dr James Reilly and local Councillors including newly elected Mayor of Fingal Cllr. Darragh Butler.

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H.E. Paramente Phamotse, Lesotho Ambassador introduces Minster of State Mr. Joe McHugh TD to Minister Dr Pontso Sekatle MP at the Grand Hotel in Malahide. Also present was Deputy Alan Farrell TD 

Honourable Minister Dr Pontšo Sekatle visited several places of interest in Dublin including the Dublin Institute of Technology, Fáilte Ireland, Portmarnock Community School, Malahide Castle & Gardens, the Estuary Recycling Centre and the Guinness Townhouse, before returning to Lesotho. The Minister was accompanied by the Principal Secretary in the Ministry of Local Government and Chieftainship Affairs Mrs. ’Mapitso Panyane, the Commissioner of Lands Ms. Relebohile Lebeta and Professor Clement Leduka from the National University of Lesotho.

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Honourable Minister Sekatle met with the New Mayor of Fingal County Cllr Darragh Butler (left), after the signing of the MOU in the Fingal County Council Chamber in Swords earlier that day (right).

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Minister Sekatle visited Portmarnock Community School where she was met by the School Principal Ms. Eithne Deeney in the presence of Senator Dr James Reilly and Mr. Niall Fitzgerald of Action Ireland Trust

      

Hon. Minister Sekatle met with Dr Shaun Quinn, the CEO of Failte Ireland - the National Tourism Development Authority, and visited Malahide Castle - one of the iconic tourist attractions in the Fingal area

Lesotho Embassy Dublin - 28 June 2016

 

The New Lesotho Honorary Consul in Norway

 

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The new Honorary Consul of Lesotho in Norway, Mr. Trond Filberg

In a quest to maintain the existing fraternal relations between the Kingdom of Lesotho and the Kingdom of Norway, the Government of Lesotho has appointed Mr. Trond Filberg as the new Honorary Consul of Lesotho in Oslo with a consular jurisdiction throughout Norway. He succeeds Mr. Jens Stranheim who retired in 2010 after serving in this position for almost ten years.

Mr. Filberg’s allegiance and passion for Lesotho developed many years ago following his interaction with the country in different official capacities. He was later nominated as the Chairman of the Friends of Lesotho in Norway (FLAN).

The new Consulate address is:

Hovstien 10, N-3490 Klokkarstua, Norway

Norway.

The Embassy is looking forward to supporting and working closely with Mr. Filberg during his tenure of office.

 03 September, 2015

NEW CABINET SWORN-IN IN LESOTHO

His Majesty King Letsie III, acting with the advice of the Prime Minister The Right Honourable Dr. Pakalitha Bethuel Mosisili, appointed Lesotho's 9th Cabinet at the Royal Palace yesterday. The new Cabinet Members come from all the seven political parties which formed a coalition government following the 28 February 2015 general elections. This is how the new Cabinet looks like:

1. Prime Minister - The Right Honourable Dr. Pakalitha Bethuel Mosisili
2. Deputy Prime Minister - Hon. Mothetjoa Metsing
3. Minister of Home Affairs - Hon. Adv. Lekhetho Rakuoane
4. Min. of Justice, Human Rights and Correctional Services - Hon. Moeketse V. Malebo
5. Minister of Labour & Employment - Hon. Adv. Thulo Mahlakeng
6. Minister in the Prime Minister's Office - Hon. Kimetso Mathaba
7. Minister of Social Development - Hon. Molahlehi Letlotlo
8. Minister of Police and Public Safety - Hon. Monyane Moleleki
9. Minister of Finance - Hon. Dr. 'Mamphono Khaketla
10. Minister of Local Government Chieftainship Affairs - Hon. Dr. Pontšo Susan 'Matumelo Sekatle
11. Minister of Water Affairs - Hon. Ralechate 'Mokose
12. Minister of Forestry, Range and Soil Conservation - Hon. Kabelo Mafura
13. Minister of Energy - Hon. Selibe Mochoboroane
14. Minister of Defence and National Security - Hon. Tšeliso Mokhosi
15. Minister of Public Works and Transport - Hon. Tšoeu Mokeretla
16. Minister of Public Service - Hon. Tsukutlane Au
17. Minister of Development Planning - Hon. Mokoto Hloaele
18. Minister of Law and Constitutional Affairs - Hon. Motlalentoa Letsosa
19. Minister of Communications, Science and Technology - Hon. Khotso Letsatsi
20. Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture - Hon. Likeleli Tampane
21. Minister of Gender, Youth and Sports - Hon. Mathibeli Mokhothu
22. Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Relations - Hon. Tlohang Sekhamane
23. Minister of Small Business Development Cooperatives & Marketing - Hon. Thabiso Lits'iba
24. Minister of Education and Training - Hon. Dr. Mahali Phamotse
25. Minister of Agriculture and Food Security - Hon. 'Mapalesa Mothokho
26. Minster of Health - Hon. Dr. 'Molotsi Monyamane
27. Minister of Trade and Industry - Hon. Joshua Setipa
28. Minister of Mining - Hon. Lebohang Thotanyana

Deputy Ministers

1. Deputy Minister of Health - Hon. Liteboho Kompi 
2. Deputy Minister of Local Government - Hon Kotiti Diholo
3. Deputy Minister of Home Affairs - Hon Phallang Monare
4. Deputy Minister of Education & Training - Hon Thabang Kholumo 
5. Deputy Minister of Gender, Youth & Sports - Hon 'Marefuoe 'Muso 
6. Deputy Minister of Agriculture & Food Security - Hon Dr. 'Mamosa Molapo
7. Deputy Minister of Public Works & Transport - Hon Mokhele Moletsane

31 March, 2015

Inauguration of the New Prime Minister of Lesotho

The Right Honourable the Prime Minister Dr. Pakalitha Bethuel Mosisili

Following National Assembly Elections held on the 28th February 2015, the Right Honourable Dr. Pakalitha Bethuel Mosisili was on Tuesday 17th March, inaugurated as Lesotho’s new Prime Minister in an auspicious ceremony that was held in the Lesotho capital, Maseru. This followed a Coaltion agreement between his Political Party the Democratic Congress with six other parties to form a Government after no party had won an out-right majority in ninth Parliament of the Kingdom of Lesotho.

Video of the Inauguration of Lesotho's new Prime Minister

Dr. Mosisili was sworn in by the Chief Justice of Lesotho in the presence of King Letsie III and dignitaries from SADC member states, in particular the President of South Africa, His Excellency Mr. Jacob Zuma. The Out-going Prime Minister Dr. Motsoahae Thomas Thabane officially handed over the reigns of Government Power to his successor in this occassion.

In his inaugural speech, the Prime Minister alluted to the need for the Government to unite the people of Lesotho in a common goal of peace, stability, and development, and to prioritise national interest ahead of individual or party-political interests.

The Prime Minister is expected to announce the Cabinet of Ministers of His Majesty's Government in due course.

20 March 2015

New Lesotho Coalition Government to be Inaugurated on March 17, 2015

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The Prime Minister - Elect of the Kingdom of Lesotho Dr. Pakalitha Bethuel Mosisili MP

Following National Assembly Elections held on the 28th February 2015, a new Coalition Government is expected to be inaugurated in Maseru on Tuesday 17th March. Lesotho had to go for an early election under the Southern African Development Community (SADC) mediation led by the facilitator His Excellency Mr. Cyril Ramaphosa, Deputy President of South Africa.

The final results announced by the Lesotho Independent Electoral Commission on Wednesday March 4th, showed none of the 23 political parties that contested the elections winning a majority of the 120 parliamentary seats:

  • The Democratic Congress (DC) of former Prime Minister Dr Pakalitha Mosisili won 37 constituencies and a total of 47 seats;
  • The All Basotho Convention (ABC) of the out-going Prime Minister Dr Thomas Thabane managed to win 40 constituencies and 46 seats;
  • The Lesotho Congress for Democracy of out-going Deputy Prime Minister Mr. Mothejoa Metsing won 12 seats with two constituencies;
  • the Basotho National Party led by Chief Thesele Maseribane won seven (7) seats and one constituency;
  • Parties that won two seats each were the Popular Front for Democracy (PFD) and the Reformed Congress of Lesotho (RCL).
  • Four parties that won one seat each were the Marematlou Freedom Party (MFP), National Independent Party (NIP), Basutoland Congress Party (BCP) and the Lesotho People’s Congress (LPC).

Ten political parties are therefore represented in the ninth Parliament of the Kingdom of Lesotho. In a press briefing on March 5th, leaders of the DC, LCD, MFP, NIP, BCP and LPC – later joined by the PFD – announced an intention to form a coalition government.

When the ninth Parliament convened on the 10th March, a Member of Parliament (MP) for the DC, Hon. Ms. Ntlhoi Motsamai MP was elected Speaker of the National Assembly and Mr. Montšuoe Lethoba of the LCD was elected Deputy Speaker. This is considered as confirmation that the DC-led coalition enjoys the support of the Majority of Members of the National Assembly, a condition considered necessary and sufficient for its leader to be considered Prime Minister Designate. It is therefore expected that Honourable Dr Pakalitha Bethuel Mosisili MP, who had been Prime Minister from 1998 to 2012 will be inaugurated as the new Head of Government of Lesotho on Tuesday 17 March 2015. 

13 March 2015 - Lesotho Embassy

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