Uhuru torch reaches Maseru amid calls for peace

Lesotho Times - - News - Lim­pho Sello

THE Mat­lama com­mu­nity this week re­ceived the In­de­pen­dence Torch which has been ro­tat­ing through­out all 10 dis­tricts as part of the coun­try’s com­mem­o­ra­tions of 50 years of in­de­pen­dence.

The torch was lit by His Majesty King Let­sie III on 10 Au­gust in Berea, amid calls for the coun­try to pray for peace dur­ing the golden ju­bilee cel­e­bra­tions.

Each district kept the torch for two days be­fore pass­ing it to the next. It reached Maseru on Tues­day at a cer­e­mony at St. James Pri­mary and High School grounds ahead of the of­fi­cial cer­e­mony pen­ciled for Oc­to­ber 4.

Maseru City Coun­cil (MCC) Mayor Nt­sane Se­hapi re­ceived the torch and echoed the King’s ap­peal for peace in the coun­try.

“We need to have peace among us,” Mr Se­hapi said, adding, “Let us al­low the in­de­pen­dence torch to bring peace among coun­try men and women. Let it bring the unity that is cher­ished by the public and those in lead­er­ship”.

“Dur­ing this time when the coun­try is cel­e­brat­ing its 50th Anniversary, let us for­give each other. Let us only re­mem­ber and fo­cus on pos­i­tive is­sues that take this coun­try for­ward.”

Speak­ing at the same oc­ca­sion, Deputy Min­is­ter of Home-af­fairs Phal­lang Monare de­scribed the Golden Ju­bilee cel­e­bra­tions as an im­por­tant event with bib­li­cal ori­gins where the Is­raelites cel­e­brated by light­ing a ram’s horn.

“As we com­mem­o­rate 50 years, this is the time to look back, to in­tro­spect and cel­e­brate our achieve­ments. We all know that Le­sotho did not look this good 50 years ago and we have im­proved,” Mr Monare said.

He said among other things, Le­sotho did not have 10 dis­tricts and 84 con­stituen­cies that it now boasts of. He also said it was time the coun­try hon­oured its past lead­ers.

District commissioner of Maseru Ur­ban Po­lice se­nior su­per­in­ten­dent Mot­latsi Map­ola (sec­ond from left) holds the peace lan­tern dur­ing ar­rival in Maseru.

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