Right of Re­ply

Lesotho Times - - Sport -

WITH ref­er­ence to the Head “Min­istry scored own goal with Mokhot­long race” on page 34 of De­cem­ber 10 — 16 2015 is­sue, may I humbly sub­mit that it is not proper for your reporter to put such a head­ing whereby there is no side of the story from my Min­istry. This is in­ter­preted as ma­li­cious at­tack to my Min­istry since your reporter sim­ply rushed to con­clu­sion with­out first get­ting the views from those in­volved in the or­ga­ni­za­tion of the event.

Again I may put it to you that your reporter seems to be mis­in­formed by ar­gu­ing that the or­ga­ni­za­tion, mar­ket­ing and plan­ning of the race were very poor. The fact of the mat­ter is the or­ga­ni­za­tion, mar­ket­ing and plan­ning of this year’s event all fol­lowed the sim­i­lar trend that has been em­ployed dur­ing the pre­vi­ous years and hence, the reg­is­tra­tion of ath­letes was as usual. How­ever, even though we got the reg­is­tra­tion even from the East­ern Coun­tries as usual, but they did not show up due to rea­sons not known to us. Which means the said ath­letes knew about the race and the date was also clear to them. So, one can­not sim­ply con­clude that their non par­tic­i­pa­tion was due to poor or­ga­ni­za­tion since there are many fac­tors in­volved that could lead to their non par­tic­i­pa­tion.

One other piece of in­for­ma­tion that I also wanted to fur­nish your reporter with is that this year we had a chal­lenge due to the fact that there was an­other marathon tak­ing place con­cur­rently in Umthata — South Africa. This led to some of our usual ath­letes from own coun­try tak­ing part in that race and hence fail­ing to honor our High al­ti­tude Sum­mer Marathon.there are also is­sues around Letšeng Di­a­monds and I think in this re­gard, it’s bet­ter to re­serve my com­ments since the reporter clearly states that they are based on as­sump­tions.

Let me fi­nally sub­mit that I fully agree with the reporter on the point that he ex­pects a lot from my Min­istry and I think it is not only him but the en­tire na­tion ex­pects much as well from the Min­istry. What wor­ries me is when he ar­gues that to this day, he thinks there isn’t any­thing worth talk­ing about that has been achieved by the Min­istry. To say the least, I think it’s wise to re­tract that state­ment since it’s tan­ta­mount to say­ing ev­ery­body at the Min­istry is do­ing noth­ing but only rob­bing the govern­ment which I think this is some­thing that can be ar­gued in the Courts of Law. M Mat­sepe; Chief In­for­ma­tion Of­fi­cer, Min­istry of Gen­der and Youth, Sports and Recre­ation.

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