New min­is­ters sworn in

Lesotho Times - - News - Tefo Tefo

HIGH Court judge, Jus­tice Tšeliso Mon­aphathi, yes­ter­day swore-in five cabi­net min­is­ters and three deputy min­is­ters that were yet to take of­fice, bring­ing the to­tal to 25 min­is­ters and eight deputy min­is­ters.

The new min­is­ters were sworn in af­ter be­com­ing sen­a­tors on Tues­day dur­ing a spe­cial meet­ing of the up­per house. The spe­cial meet­ing had been post­poned sev­eral times, thereby de­lay­ing the min­is­ters’ ap­point­ment.

The other min­is­ters, who are Na­tional Assem­bly leg­is­la­tors, had been sworn-in on 23 June 2017 — a week af­ter Prime Min­is­ter Thomas Tha­bane’s in­au­gu­ra­tion.

Le­sotho held par­lia­men­tary elec­tions on 3 June 2017, with Dr Tha­bane’s All Basotho Con­ven­tion (ABC), cob­bling to­gether seats with the Al­liance of Democrats (AD), Basotho Na­tional Party (BNP) and Re­formed Congress of Le­sotho (RCL) to form gov­ern­ment last month.

They re­placed the Pakalitha Mo­sisili-led seven-party gov­ern­ing coali­tion which was in­au­gu­rated on 17 March 2015 af­ter the 28 Fe­bru­ary 2015 par­lia­men­tary elec­tions.

Jus­tice Mon­aphathi swore-in Tsukut­lane Au as Home Af­fairs min­is­ter. Mr Au was for­merly Public Ser­vice min­is­ter in the pre­vi­ous gov­ern­ment be­fore de­fect­ing to the AD from the DC.

For­mer De­vel­op­ment Plan­ning min­is­ter Mokoto Hloaele has taken on the En­ergy and Me­te­o­rol­ogy portfolio, while for­mer po­lice of­fi­cer ‘Mam­pho Mokhele is the new Po­lice and Public Safety min­is­ter.

Lebohang Hlaele has been sworn in as Law and Con­sti­tu­tional Af­fairs min­is­ter, while ‘Mamot­sie Mot­sie takes on the Tourism, En­vi­ron­ment and Cul­ture min­istry.

As­so­ciate Pro­fes­sor Ntoi Ra­papa was sworn-in as Ed­u­ca­tion and Train­ing deputy, while Kotiti Di­holo re­tained his pre­vi­ous po­si­tion as Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment and Chief­tain­ship Af­fairs deputy min­is­ter.

The se­nior judge also swore-in Retha­bile Marumu as Gen­der and Youth, Sports and Recre­ation deputy min­is­ter.

The only min­is­ter from out­side of the ABC, AD, BNP and RCL is DC Semena con­stituency leg­is­la­tor Tlo­he­lang Aumane who was ap­pointed as De­vel­op­ment Plan­ning min­is­ter last month. Spec­u­la­tion has been rife that Mr Aumane in­tends to de­fect to the AD of­fi­cially in the Na­tional Assem­bly, which is ex­pected to be re­opened later this week.

Mr Aumane has, how­ever, re­mained coy about his in­ten­tions to keep the DC — which has threat­ened le­gal ac­tion against him — at bay.

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