Indian community lends helping hand
THE Indian community living in Lesotho has donated 500 blankets and 50 jackets to Basotho in the highland regions of the country who were affected by the recent heavy snowfalls.
The gifts were handed over to the government by the Honorary Consul of India to Lesotho, Man Mohan Bakaya, on Monday during the country’s 70th Independence celebrations held at his residence in Maseru.
The event was attended by a number of senior government and army officials, including Foreign Affairs and International Rela- tions Minister Tlohang Sekhamane.
Addressing the gathering, Mr Bakaya said they were touched by the plight of Basotho affected by the heavy snowfall that had engulfed some highland areas.
“Lesotho experienced the heaviest snowfall since 1964, with many people unable to access food and other basic needs to keep themselves warm,” he said.
“With a view to assist Basotho affected by this disaster, I called upon members of the Indian Association of Lesotho to stand in solidarity with the affected people and provide assistance.”
Mr Bakaya said India-lesotho relations continued to grow in leaps and bounds.
“India-lesotho relations are based on cooperative engagement and mutual trust. In Lesotho, we find a trusted and reliable partner.
“As we celebrate the 70th Independence Day of India, Lesotho gets ready to celebrate 50 years of Independence in October. On behalf of the Indian community in Lesotho, I can assure you we will stand shoulder to shoulder with Basotho in their undertakings and goals.”
Minister of Foreign Affairs tlohang sekhamane and Honorary Consul of india to Lesotho Man Mohan Bakaya cut the independence cake flanked by Indian Association of Lesotho members.