Govt ap­points am­bas­sadors

Sunday Express - - FRONT PAGE - Mo­halenyane Phakela

THE gov­ern­ment has ap­pointed 13 new am­bas­sadors, high com­mis­sion­ers and other of­fi­cials to serve in dif­fer­ent em­bassies as it moves to fur­ther con­sol­i­date its po­si­tion af­ter re­plac­ing the Pakalitha Mo­sisili-led gov­ern­ment in June this year.

A sav­in­gram writ­ten by Gov­ern­ment Sec­re­tary, Moahloli Mphaka, to the prin­ci­pal sec­re­taries of Pub­lic Ser­vice and For­eign Af­fairs on 9 Oc­to­ber 2017, listed the ap­pointees and asked the prin­ci­pal sec­re­taries to process the ap­point­ments in the diplo­matic for­eign mis­sions.

“Please process the fol­low­ing ap­point­ments and con­tracts to the for­eign diplo­matic mis­sions of the King­dom of Le­sotho with im­me­di­ate ef­fect,” Mr Mphaka wrote.

The high com­mis­sion­ers are Ralechate Mokose (South Africa), Bothata Tsikoane (In­dia), while Retšelisit­soe Masenyetse and Re­filoe Litjobo have been ap­pointed am­bas­sadors to Ger­many and Ire­land re­spec­tively.

Mabohlokoa Kompi, Nthatisi Motšetše and Mo­fochane Lene have been ap­pointed third se­cre- taries to Kuwait, In­dia and Ger­many re­spec­tively while Moliehi Makatse be­comes the min­is­ter coun­sel­lor in Switzer­land.

Bon­ner Seakhoa is the con­sul gen­eral in Johannesburg, ‘Ma­lika Mo­lapo-Mphofe, the coun­sel­lor in Pretoria, Jus­tice Mat­sipa, the as­sis­tant con­sul at­taché in Klerks­dorp and Molefi Mat­soso, the driver in Johannesburg (all South Africa).

Mot­samai Talla is the new coun­sel­lor in China.

Mr Mphaka yes­ter­day con- firmed the ap­point­ments in an in­ter­view with the Sun­day Ex­press.

“I wrote the sav­in­gram to the prin­ci­pal sec­re­taries of For­eign Af­fairs and Pub­lic Ser­vice so that they can process the work­ing con­di­tions of the ap­pointed peo­ple with their col­leagues in those coun­tries in which they will be de­ployed,” Mr Mphaka said, adding the ap­pointees were given three year con­tracts.

“It is too early to say when they will start work as ev­ery­thing will de­pend on how quickly their agree­ments to serve in those coun­tries are fi­nalised.

“No one was fired to cre­ate posts for th­ese peo­ple, but the posts that they will be oc­cu­py­ing have been va­cant for a while now.

“The gov­ern­ment con­sid­ers merit when ap­point­ing peo­ple so th­ese peo­ple have been cho­sen on the ba­sis of com­pe­tency.

“I can­not say whether or not they will be the only peo­ple to be ap­pointed as Le­sotho has many em­bassies in dif­fer­ent coun­tries so it will be at gov­ern­ment’s dis­cre­tion to re­new the con­tracts of those al­ready oc­cu­py­ing posts or to ap­point new peo­ple,” he said.

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