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The death of the Minister of Gender and Youth, Sports and Recreation, Mr. Kabelo Mafura is a great loss to Basotho.

The Prime Minister, Dr Motsoahae Thomas Thabane said this at the memorial service of the late Deputy Leader of Alliance of Democrats (AD) and also Minister of Gender and Youth, Sports and Recreation, Mr. Kabelo Mafura which was held at Manthabiseng Convention Centre on Tuesday.

Dr Thabane said his death caused boredom to all as he was always happy and contributing constructively in issues relating to the country’s development.

He said this is time for introspection to those who have remained behind, saying they need to learn more from the life of Mr. Mafura.

He added that it is vital for Basotho to remain true to each other by keeping the promises they make among themselves, urging all to stop hypocrisy and that Basotho should work hard to establish brotherly love among themselves.

He appealed to all to passionately serve Lesotho for the benefit of Basotho, highlighting the importance of all stakeholders to engage in prayer for peace.

The Prime Minister passed his condolences to the Mafura family, saying they should accept God's will their true healing will come from Him (God).

Also speaking was the Deputy Prime Minister and Leader of Alliance of Democrats, Mr. Monyane Moleleki who said Mr. Mafura served Lesotho as loyal servant.

He said he contributed towards the development of Lesotho without hesitation and has made a positive difference in the Ministry of Gender within this five months, saying Lesotho won several matches over this period as a result of his support as the Minister.

Mr. Moleleki singled out Likatola ranking which moved to Fourth place in Africa as amongst Mr. Mafura’s achievements in this ministry.

The AD Leader commended Mr, Mafura, saying he was a loyal person who always performed to the best of his ability.

On behalf of its Coalition Partners, Mrs. Keketso Rants'o said Mr. Mafura was a passionate, humble and peaceful person who always dealt with issues calmly without raising his voice.

She therefore on behalf of her coalition partners passed their condolences to AD leader as well as its members. 

Speaking on behalf of opposition parties, Mr. Selibe Mochoboroane described Mr. Mafura as the great leader who treated all equally.

He said his death is not a loss to his family only but also to Lesotho and Basotho as this country needs more people of his caliber, saying he had a great sense of humour which always helped them to tackle issues with much ease. 

Mr. Mafura succumbed to death on December, 24 at the Medic Clinic in Bloemfontein after a short illness.

He will be laid to rest at Ha Mafura in Quthing on Thursday.

Mr. Mafura was born on November 13, 1951. He is survived by his mother, sisters, two brothers, four daughters and a son.

He served in various ministerial positions which include the Minister of Forestry and Land Reclamation.


Source: LENA 02/01/2018


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