Being the King’s chief

Being the King’s chief

MASERU – A VILLAGE Chief of Matsieng Chief Ramohlongoana Moonya says he feels honoured to be the Chief of King Letsie III.
Moonya said he has been the Chief since 1987.
He said that was long before the King was crowned to his title.
And he has known the King since he was young.
Moonya said the characters of the King and his late father differ.
He said they were scared when they saw King Moshoeshoe II most of the time because he was short tempered.
He said on the other hand, King Letsie III is not easily angered.

Chief Moonya said the King is a patient person who always humbles himself.
He said the King interacts with villagers and some even visit him at his home.
Chief Moonya said the King sometimes even goes around the village walking alone to see some of the people he is close to in the village.
He described the King as a sweet soul.
“It feels great to be his Chief,” he said.

Chief Moonya said when the King needs services that are offered by the chief such as signatures and signing of letters, he always sends people to command him to come to his place.
“Then I would go to his place and offer him the services,” he said.
The village Chief offers services such as registration of births and deaths, write testimonials for those who seek jobs as well as those who relocate to other villages.
Such a chief keeps a register of livestock, land ownership and also mediates in disputes and refers some cases to courts in writing.
Chief Moonya said as the Chief he has never received cases of people complaining  about the King.

He said the King is always on good terms with fellow villagers.
Living in the same village as the King also has its own benefits, said the Chief.
He said they have enough water because of the King and there are many developments in the village.
Chief Moonya said the King even assists farmers in the village by giving every household seeds that last for at least two years.

’Makhotso Rakotsoane


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