In­dian com­mu­nity lends help­ing hand

Lesotho Times - - News - Mo­halenyane Phakela

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.

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