Living with His Majesty

Living with His Majesty

MASERU – NEIGHBOURS of King Letsie III say they are fortunate to live in the same village with him.
Most of the villagers described him as a humble person who does not exalt himself above others.
They all agreed that he interacts with every person and above all, he always looks out for his neighbours.
One of the neighbours, Sake Mafereka (57) said she has known the King since they were little because they are age-mates.
She said she witnessed the King going to fetch wood and herding animals.
“I even got an opportunity to play with him,” she said.

Mafereka said however as they grew up the King was busy and their interaction became infrequent.
She said she interacts with the King’s wife Queen ’Masenate Seeiso.
But the King also always interacts with other neighbours including her husband.
Mafereka said they have benefited from being neighbours of the King.
She said the King helps them when they have no money to bury the deceased.
She cited a case of one person who died two months back.

Since the family of the deceased did not have enough money, the person had stayed in the mortuary for two months, Mafereka said.
“Family members informed the King and they were assisted,” she said.
Mafereka said this coming weekend the deceased will be laid to rest.
She said the King does not only help with burials but also offers scholarships to vulnerable children in the village.
Another villager, Litau Molibeli (80), said even though he has never interacted with the King face to face, he has known him since his birth.
He said the King is the sweetest person who does not exalt himself above any person.

Molibeli said he has only seen the King passing in the car rushing to work.
He said the King also attends funeral services of his neighbours and takes his meal just like other people after the burial.
“It is very wonderful to live in the same village with the King,” he said.
He said the King also gives seed to farmers in every household.
Molibeli said they still have seed which will last for about two years.
He said the King does this to reduce poverty.

Molibeli said they even buy the royal vegetables at very low prices. He said they also have electricity and enough water because they live in the same village as the King.
’Mathato Koeete (74), another villager, said she lived in Matsieng long before the King was born.
She said she has lived in the village since 1964.
Koeete said being a neighbour of the King is good but not always.
She said when some people accuse the King of wrong-doing or insult him on social media, it is the neighbours who are saddened.
“That is because we know that he is not like that,” she said.

Koeete said another benefit of being a neighbour of the King is that they live in a place that has a custodianship of Basotho history.
And they benefit from tourist arrivals.
She said soon the King is going to build a Tourism Centre called Seriti sa Makhoarane , a move that will increase the number of tourists visiting the area.
“We will benefit,” she said.
Koeete said she wishes the King a great day in advance for his birthday.

‘Makhotso Rakotsoane

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