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Three new Cabinet Ministers and two Deputy Ministers have been sworn in by Acting Chief Justice Ts'eliso Monaphathi in the presence of His Majesty King Letsie III, Prime Minister, Dr Motsoahae Thomas Thabane and his Deputy Prime Minister, Mr. Monyane Moleleki at the Royal Palace on Friday.

First to be sworn in was new Minister of Education and Training Dr Ntoi Rapapa who is replacing the former Minister, Mr. Mokhele Moletsane. Dr Rapapa served as Deputy Minister in the same ministry since July 2017.

Mr. Maliehe Prince Maliehe is now Minister of Public Works and Transport, taking over from former Minister, Mr.  Lehlohonolo Moramotse who has been released from office as Minister.

New Minister of Health is Mr. Nkaku Kabi who replaces former Minister, Mr. Nyapane Kaya who has also been relieved of services as cabinet minister.

The two Deputy Ministers are Mrs. 'Maphoka Motoboli who is the Deputy Minister of Education and Training, while Mr. Leshoboro Mohlojoa is the Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office.

Meanwhile there has been reshuffling in some ministries, thus; Mr. Thesele 'Maseribane is now the Minister of Communications, Science and Technology, swapping ministries with Chief Joang Molapo as new Minister of Public Service.

Mr. Motlohi Maliehe is now in the office of the Minister of Tourism, Environment and Culture while former Minister, Mrs. 'Mamotsie Motsie fills his former position as Minister of Forestry, Range and Soil Conservation.

The former Minister of Education and Training, Mr. Mokhele Moletsane replaced Dr Mahali Phamotse in the Ministry of Justice and Correctional Service as she is now the Minister of Gender and Youth, Sports and Recreation following the death of Mr. Kabelo Mafura in December 2017.

Meanwhile, In a brief interview with newly appointed Health Minister Mr. Nkaku Kabi, he expressed his honour and gratitude to be trusted to head the said ministry saying that the ministry is important as it focuses on the lives of Basotho adding that he is going to ensure that the people have access to good services as for a long time the services offered in the ministry left a sour taste in people's mouths.

He cited Queen 'Mamohato Memorial Hospital as a major challenge that has to be dealt with as soon as possible saying that the staff of the health centre should be proud of offering best services and not only that they work at a big and beautiful health centre yet people's lives are not cared for emphasising that for the betterment of people's lives he will not hesitate but to ensure that those that fail to serve Basotho with respect and dignity part ways with the ministry.

This is the first cabinet ministers’ reshuffle since the 3rd Coalition Government came into power after Parliamentary elections held in June 2017.

Source: LENA 09/02/2018

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