Mofomobe, Kalake sworn-in

Mofomobe, Kalake sworn-in

MASERU – THE Basotho National Party (BNP) leader Machesetsa Mofomobe was yesterday sworn in as the new Minister of Small Business Development.
He replaces Thesele ’Maseribane who has been reassigned as Lesotho’s ambassador to Italy.

Thupa-Kubu MP, Tšeliso Kalake, from the ruling All Basotho Convention (ABC), has now taken over Mofomobe’s previous job as Foreign Affairs Deputy Minister.
The swearing-in ceremony was held at the Royal Palace in Maseru.
Reverend Ishamael Mqathazane, from the Christian Council of Lesotho (CCL), who officiated at the swearing-in, said the ministers should always be conscious of the rampant joblessness among youths in the country.
“God is looking up to you to honour his calling after the King, at the advice of the Prime Minister, appointed you,” Reverend Mqathazane said.

“You shall be judged as unfaithful shepherds, prophets, and servants of God,” he said.
He urged them not to promote their self-interests but to look at the interests of the people.
“We beg you never to forget that you came into power at a time when there is a ticking time bomb and one million Basotho are living below the poverty line,” he said.

He said there was an absence of political will to change the situation in the country adding that “greater is him who is a servant than whom he serves”.
Mofomobe said he would be true to the King and serve his government with loyalty and faithfulness.
He said he will “to the best of his judgment . . . give his counsel and advice to His Majesty for the good management of the government of Lesotho”.
Kalake also pledged allegiance to the king and to serve his government faithfully.

Kalake is seen as a fierce loyalist of Prime Minister Moeketsi Majoro in the All Basotho Convention (ABC) party.
He was also close to former Prime Minister Thomas Thabane when he was still in office.
Speaking to thepost after the swearing-in, Mofomobe said the problem in Lesotho is that the business sector is now in the hands of foreigners.
“Unlike before when Basotho owned most of the businesses, today business is in the hands of foreigners and the (money) no longer circulates in Lesotho,” Mofomobe said.

He pledged to support Basotho to run successful co-operatives.
“Basotho should have funds to start small projects because most small businesses have been hurt by the Covid-19 pandemic,” he said.
He said he wants to promote businesses step by step, adding that he is hoping to get strong support from the Prime Minister.
Kalake said he will help deputise the Foreign Affairs Minister to execute some of the strategies already on the table.

Nkheli Liphoto

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