MINISTER OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS IS SWORN-IN

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Honourable  Mohlabi Kenneth Tsekoa has been reappointed as a Minister responsible for Foreign Affairs and International Relations in the Kingdom of Lesotho following the national elections  in May, 2012. Hon. Tsekoa was first of all appointed into the Senate, Lesotho’s Upper House of Parliament, on Friday 22nd June 2012. He was today sworn-in at the Royal Palace together with the two other newly appointed Ministers and seven Deputy Ministers. Below is a full list of those who were sworn-in:

- Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Relations:  Hon. Mr. Mohlabi Kenneth Tsekoa
- Minister of Health: Hon. Dr. Pinki Rosemary Manamolela
- Minister of Home Affairs: Hon. Mr. Joang Molapo
- Deputy Minister of Local Government, Parliamentary and Chieftainship Affairs: Hon. Mr. Selibe Mochoboroane
- Deputy Minister of Finance: Hon. Mrs.`Matšepo Ramakoae

-Deputy Minister of Home Affairs: Hon. ‘Malebitso Ralebitso

-Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry, Cooperatives and Marketing: Hon. Mr. Sek`hulumi Ntsoaole

- Deputy Minister of Health: Hon. Dr. Lucia Nthabiseng Makoae
- Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Food Security: Hon. Mr. Mahala Molapo
- Deputy Minister of Education and Training: Hon. Apesi Ratsele

25 June, 2012

LESOTHO’S NEW CABINET SWORN-IN

 

His Majesty King Letsie III, acting with the advice of the Prime Minister The Right Honourable Mr. Motsoahae Thabane, appointed Lesotho’s 8th Cabinet at the Royal Palace today. The new Cabinet Members come from all the three political parties which formed a coalition government after no single party had garnered sufficient majority in May general elections to form government on its own.  This is how the new Cabinet looks like:


- Prime Minister and Minister for Defence: The Right Hon. Motsoahae Thabane
- Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Local Government and Chieftainship: Hon. Mothetjoa Metsing
- Minister of Gender, Youth, Sports and Recreation: Hon. Thesele 'Maseribane
- Minister of Development Planning: Hon. Prof. Maboee Moletsane
- Minister of Public Service: Hon. Dr. Motloheloa Phooko
- Minister of Energy, Meteorology and Water Affairs: Hon. Dr. Timothy Thahane
- Minister of Finance: Hon. Dr. Leketekete Ketso
- Minister of Tourism, Environment and Culture: Hon. Mamahele Radebe
- Minister of Public Works and Transport: Hon. Keketso Rantšo
- Minister of Justice, Human Rights, Correctional Services, Law and Constitutional Affairs: Hon. Haae Phoofolo
- Minister of Communications, Science and Technology: Hon. Tšeliso Mokhosi
- Minister of Forestry and Land Reclamation: Hon. Khotso Matla
- Minister of Trade and Industry, Cooperatives and Marketing: Hon. Temeki Tšolo
- Minister of Mining: Hon. Tlali Khasu
- Minister of Agriculture and Food Security: Hon. Litšoane Litšoane
- Minister of Education and Training: Hon. 'Makabelo Mosothoane
- Minister of Social Development: Hon. 'Matebatso Doti
- Minister of Employment and Labour: Hon. Lebesa Maloi
- Minister in the Prime Minister's Office: Hon. Molobeli Soulo
- Minister in the Prime Minister's Office (Responsible for Police): Hon. Mophato Monyake

 

 

 

15 June, 2012

HIS MAJESTY KING LETSIE III COMPLETES HIS VISIT TO IRELAND

His Majesty King Letsie III and Her Majesty Queen Masenate Mohato Seeiso departed Ireland on Tuesday morning last week after a short visit in the country which started on the 20th May, 2012. During this historic visit, their Majesties had audience with President Michael Higgins and his wife, Mrs. Sabina Higgins at Áras an Uachtaráinas as well as with Government Ministers and officials.HMs visit

His Majestry is greeted by President Higgins and his wife, Mrs Sabina Higgins.

Apart from meeting Government officials, their Majesties had the opportunity to visit Coolmore Stud, Newbridge Silverware, Country Crest, Portmarnock Community School, Eirgrid, St. Michael’s House Special School and the Guinness Storehouse. They also had the opportunity to meet Basotho and Friends of Lesotho resident in Ireland during a reception that was organised by the Embassy in honour of this visit.

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A short tour at the Áras an Uachtaráinas

This long awaited visit has cemented the long standing relations that have always existed between the Kingdom of Lesotho and Ireland which date as far back as the 1970s. During lunch with His Majesty’s delegation, President Higgins stated that “the relationship between Ireland and Lesotho has evolved through many phases.  In the past, the missionary connection was extensive…Ireland's official development cooperation programme in Lesotho was our first official programme of assistance and it began in 1975.  Its genesis was a meeting of our then Minister for Foreign Affairs, Garret FitzGerald, who later became Prime Minister, and his counterpart from Lesotho”.

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Thier Majesties, Honourable Minister Mrs Ramaili and HE. Mr. Phamotse at the reception

 

25 May, 2012

 

ACTION IRELAND TRUST IMPLEMENTS A PROJECT IN LESOTHO

The Embassy has facilitated a 60 member Irish delegation to Lesotho. The purpose of the trip is to implement a five-year integrated development programme in the country starting this year after completing the same programme in South Africa last year.

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The delegation before boarding a plane to Lesotho at Dublin Airport.

The team left for Lesotho on February 11th and is expected to complete this phase of the project on February 24th, 2012. The delegation comprises businessmen, nurses, teachers, community members mostly from the Fingal County and more importantly Portmarnock Community School students and their parents.

Among the components of this programme that will be implemented during this visit will be the twinning of PCS with Hlalele Secondary School in Maseru. This will entail among others, capacity building for teachers in ICTs and Lifeskills which will be undertaken in collaboration with the Lesotho College of Education. This will later include construction of classrooms, office block, toilets and facilities for services to orphans at the school.

The health component – which includes training in emergency services, provision of nursing and dental services and donation of a large number of items including an ambulance vehicle – will be implemented in partnership with the St. Joseph's Hospital and Roma College of Nursing. The programme also includes other sectors such as capacity building of the Police Fire Department and other entrepreneurial activities.

A consignment of goods for donation to the previously identified institutions was dispatched from Ireland and is due to arrive in Lesotho this month.

This endeavour will not only benefit the involved institutions, but will also raise the profile of Lesotho as a preferred tourist destination since the delegation will also make time to travel and explore the beautiful Mountain Kingdom during their stay. The Embassy is collaborating with the Ministry of Education and Training and the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare in Lesotho on this initiative.

 

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