‘Maserib­ane: BNP govt will seek closer ties with SA

Lesotho Times - - Elections 2015 - Le­tuka Chafotsa

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.

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