‘Maseribane: BNP govt will seek closer ties with SA
QACHA’S NEK — A Basotho National Party (BNP) government would seek closer ties with South Africa to ensure Lesotho citizens benefit more from their wealthy neighbour, party leader Thesele ‘Maseribane has said.
Addressing a BNP rally in Qacha’s Nek on Sunday, Chief ‘Maseribane also said peaceful coexistence among Basotho would also be a priority should his party become government after the 28 February 2015 snap elections.
“As you are aware, peace and stability are very important in promoting economic development in any society. Without political stability, there is no progress and development hence the BNP is fully committed to peaceful coexistence among Basotho,” said Chief ‘Maseribane, who is also the Minister of Gender, Youth, Sports and Recreation. landscape assets that our country is endowed with,” he said.
Chief ‘Maseribane further said the BNP government would value food security in order to have a healthy nation capable of contributing to the wealth of the country.
“Childhood and adolescence are periods of rapid physical, social, cognitive and behavioural change.
“Adequate nutrition during this time is essential for the maintenance of growth and good health. The dietary requirements of children and young people are different to those of adults and constantly change as individuals grow and develop.
“Establishing good nutrition and physical activity patterns in childhood contributes to good health throughout life. The values and habits developed during this period often influence behaviour in adulthood. In addition, there is emerging evidence that health, during childhood and adolescence, impacts on a person’s welfare during adulthood.”
According to Chief ‘Maseribane, the country has to ensure the prevention of stunting in children since this leads to adverse intergenerational patterns of impaired growth and development, propagated by poverty and disease.
Chief ‘Maseribane added the BNP led government would educate shepherds on the importance of protecting the environment and natural resources for sustainable land development and management.
“Shepherds should be taught the importance of range and land management so that our lands sustain us,” he said.
The BNP leader further told the rally that the election was coming two years early after the Lcd—one of the three partners in the coalition government also comprising the BNP and All Basotho Convention (Abc)—decided to form an alliance with the Democratic Congress.
“You should turn out in great numbers to make sure such an unholy alliance does not happen again.”
Minister) clashed with Selibe Mochoboroane (fired Communications, Science and Technology Minister) over who was in charge at the Ministry of Communications. This incident, as you will recall, happened soon after Molapo had been appointed Acting Communications Minister. There was also a shootout in Maseru last weekend between LDF members, where an innocent bystander was shot dead.
“All this was further indication that we are yet to have the political and security stability we would want as we hold general elections later this month.
“If SADC’S facilitation efforts had been broader; if the mission had respected Basotho such as heads of churches, and not only have Ramaphosa, we believe it would have been more successful.
“Maybe church-leaders could have taken the warring government leaders for a retreat, and brought them together to openly talk about what they were disagreeing on. But the bottom line is there is need to ensure locals are part of the facilitation and this did not happen, hence the slow or limited progress.”
BNP supporters chant party slogans at a rally in Teyateyaneng on Sunday.
LCN Executive Director Seabata Motsamai.