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Basotho witnessed yet another milestone in their political history when outgoing Prime Minister Doctor Pakalitha Mosisili swapped positions when new Prime Minister, Dr Motsoahae Thabane returned to power on Friday.

First symbol of transferring power to the in-coming Prime Minister, the out-going Prime Minister, Dr Mosisili handed over the national flag and secondly the national constitution to Dr Thabane, which was presented by the Lesotho Defence Force (LDF) Commander Lieutenant General Khoantle Mots'omots'o.

Delivering his vote of thanks, Dr Thabane said they celebrate another milestone in their political history as Basotho nation.

“As you will remember that on 3rd June 2017, we went for elections whose results have put us here, and again Dr Mosisili and I, are exchanging the baton, once more, from him to me,” he commented.

Dr Thabane said not so long ago, it was me passing it to him, adding that one sincerely hopes that the political reforms which have all parties alluded to during the last elections campaign will bring stability to the political environment.

He said one looks forward to a stable normal internationally-accepted Five Year cycle between elections.

“I therefore assure you that this government will be for Basotho without any form of discrimination; a government that is committed to Rule of law, rebuilding and strengthening of the pillars of democracy, and abhors corruption in all its forms,” he remarked.

The in-coming Prime Minister said it was imperative to note that for economic growth to occur it is important to both political stability and security.

Dr Thabane highlighted that it was imperative to note the economy has to be driven by the private sector, locally, regionally and internationally as Lesotho is part of the global village.

Furthermore, he said the government has to provide a good platform on which the economy can grow and prosper; but it also has to act as a catalyst to the growth and prosperity they seek, saying they pledge to vigorously improve the economy as unemployment is severely impacting on the youth.

He added that they also intend to focus on building agriculture to stop hunger, expand their roads infrastructure to allow people easy access to essential services, further promising to improve tourism as it is another vehicle to economic growth, thence advancing rural development and enhancing people's livelihoods.

The Prime Minister said in order to achieve all these objectives, this Coalition Government of His Majesty commits to rescue Lesotho from the current downward spiral into lawlessness, conflict, political instability, economic stagnation and degradation of democracy.

Again, he said the new government will work for lasting peace and stability of the nation and to lead the nation on a path of reconciliation and unity while also undertaking constitutional, political, security and administrative reforms under an independent and inclusive reform process.

He promised to deepen democracy by strengthening democratic institutions including citizen participation and to reintroduce the culture of respect for human rights and civil liberties as enshrined in the constitution.

Dr Thabane said his new regime will espouse good governance in line with international best practices with emphasis on accountability and to undertake sustainable transformation of the economy of the country.

In conclusion, he noted that the new government will put in place a fully authorised implementation, monitoring and evaluation infrastructure to assess their loyalty to the commitments outlined above.

Speaking on behalf of the Chairperson of Southern African Development Community (SADC), His Majesty King Mswati III, Prime Minister of Swaziland, Dr Sibusiso Dlamini commended Lesotho and the Basotho nation for having peacefully conducted peaceful elections.

He also noted that the peaceful transfer of power was a symbol of true democracy in Lesotho and believed that it will go a long way to ensure that Basotho enjoy the benefits of democracy.

Prime Minister Dlamini noted that His Majesty King Mswati welcomed the invitation from His Majesty King Letsie III but apologised for not having personally been able to attend the new Prime Minister's inauguration due to other commitments.

Also speaking was the Zambian President, Mr. Edgar Lungu who also extended his vote of thanks and wished Lesotho a bright future after holding the peaceful, free and fair elections, which he said they were held following the dissolution of parliament.

Present to grace the inauguration of the Prime Minister included their Majesties King Letsie III and Queen 'Masenate Mohato Seeiso, South Africa Deputy Prime Minister and SADC Facilitator Mr. Cyril Ramaphosa and other dignitaries.

A moment of silence was observed for the late Mrs. Lipolelo Thabane who was fatally shot on her way to her home at Ha 'Masana, Mazenod in Maseru, where her friend escaped with injuries and is recovering at the Queen 'Mamohato Memorial Hospital.


Source: LENA 16/06/2017


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