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Honourable Semano Sekatle

The Honourable Minister of Public Service

Honourable Semano Sekatle

Honourable Semano Sekatle is the Minister of Public Service and a Member of Parliament.

In December 2018, Honourable Sekatle was appointed the Minister of Tourism, Environment and Culture and was subsequently moved to his current position of the Minister of Public Service, He has been elected into the National Assembly as Member of Parliament for the Lebakeng Constituency since 2006.

Honourable Sekatle holds Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Administration and Political Science from the National University of Lesotho (1976-1980), Post Graduate Diploma in Industrial Relation (1988-1989) and Post Graduate Diploma in Business Management from the University of Natal (2001).

In 2017, Honourable Sekatle was appointed a Minister of Development Planning following his election as a Member of Parliament in 2012. He has also served as the Minister of Public Works and Transport from 2011 to 2012. Before elected into Parliament, Honourable Sekattle served in various government senior portfolios in the Public Service of Lesotho. In 1995, he was the Principal Secretary for the Ministry of Local government until 1999. He held the same position in the Ministry of Public Service from 1999 to 2001. Honourable Sekatle was appointed Acting Government Secretary in 2002, the position he held until 2004.

He is married and blessed with three children.

 

Honourable Nkaku Kabi

The Honourable Minister of Health

Honourable Nkaku Kabi

Honourable Nkaku Kabi is the Minister of Health. He was appointed to the position of the Minister of health following the June 2017 snap elections whereby he was elected into the National Assembly representing the All Basotho Convention (ABC) political party for Qeme Constituency No. 43.

Honourable Kabi attended school at Mazenod Primary School where he completed his Primary education in 1988 and high school education in 1994 at Masianokeng high School. He holds Bachelor’s Degree in Development studies and English from the National University of Lesotho (NUL) and Hons. Degree in Development Administration from the University of South Africa in 2004

He has worked as a teacher since 2000 to 2008  at Bishop Mohlalisi  High School . Beside the teaching profession which includes his service as lecturer at Limkokwing University of Creative Technology (LUCT) from 2009 to 2012, he worked in Parliament as Member of Parliament and of Public Accounts Committee as well as member of the Natural Resource Committee. He is also a member of the Inter Parliamentary Union.

Born on 10 July 1973, Honourable Kabi was born at Mazenod in Maseru. He is married.

 

 

Honourable Prof. Ntoi Rapapa

Honourable Minister of Education and Training

Honourable Prof. Ntoi Rapapa

Honourable Ntoi Rapapa is the Minister of Education and Training. In July 2017, he was appointed to the position of the Deputy Minister of Education and Training following the June 2017 snap elections and was promoted to his current position in April 2018. He is also a Member of the Senate.

Professor Rapapa holds a Ph.D. (Physics) from the University of Manchester (United Kingdom) 1996 -1999.  In 1994-1995, he obtained Advanced Post Graduate Diploma (Physics) from the International Centre of Theoretical Physics in Italy. He graduated at the National University of Lesotho with Bachelor of Science (Physics and Mathematics) in 1993.

Honourable Rapapa has worked as Chief Executive Officer of the Lesotho Electricity and Water Authority (LEWA) since October 2010 until September 2016 when he joined politics, contesting for the Alliance of Democrats candidacy in the Constituency of Mosalemane No. 19.  He has also worked at the National University of Lesotho as an Associate Professor since 2009 – 2010.

In 2004 – 2009, he served at NUL as Senior Lecturer and a Lecturer and Assistant Lecturer while in 1999 – 2004 he was a lecturer and an Assistant Lecturer from 1995 to 1996. While studying at the University of Manchester, he was a Teaching Assistant from 1993 to 1994 and Tutorial Assistant from 1997 to 1999.

Honourable Rapapa is married and blessed with two children, a daughter and son.

Honourable Lesego Calayel Makgothi

Honourable Minister of Foreign Affairs and International relations

Honourable Lesego Calayel Makgothi

Honourable Lesego Makgothi is the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Relations. He was appointed to his position on 23rd June, 2017. He is also a Member of Parliament representing All Basotho Convention (ABC) political party for the Maseru No. 32 Constituency following the June 2017 snap elections.

Honourable Makgothi holds Masters in Business Administration (MBA) and Post Graduate Diploma in Business Administration both from Management College of South Africa in 2009 to 2014. He graduated from the Rand Afrikaans University with Diploma in Information Technology in 2001. In 1991, he enrolled with the National University of Lesotho (NUL) where he obtained Diploma in Business Studies in 2003, and Certificate in Business Studies from the Institute of Extra-Mural Studies (IEMS) in 1988. He completed his high school education in 1985 at Maseru Day High School.

He is serving his second term as a Member of Parliament in the 10th Parliament of Lesotho as he also served in the ninth Parliament still representing the ABC in the Maseru No. 32 Constituency. He is the chairperson of joint caucus for the current Coalition Government formed by the four political parties thus; ABC, Alliance of Democrats (AD), Basotho National Party (BNP) and Reformed Congress of Lesotho (RCL).

Before joining the politics, Honourable Makgothi served in various companies that include Ipelegeng Enviro Care (Pty) Limited as Managing Director from July 2013 to 2015 after serving at Lesotho Revenue Authority for nine years, thus from 2003 to 2012, holding managerial positions. These positions ranged from IT Manager System Support and Networks in 2003-2004, Head IT Systems Support and Networks from 2004-2006; Manager Service Delivery and Outsourced Management from 2006-2011 and IT Manager Risk Management from 2011-2012. He also worked at the Lesotho Highlands Development Authority as Senior Systems Support Officer from 1992-1996 and Senior Systems Support Officer from 1996-2003.

Honourable Makgothi also worked at the Lesotho Brewing Company since 1988-1992 where he worked as Computer Operator and Senior Computer Operator respectively. In 1987, he worked for the Lesotho Government as Accounts Clerk at the Plant and Vehicle Pool Service until 1988.

Honourable Makgothi was born at Thibella in Maseru. He is married and blessed with children.

 

 

 

Honourable Rethabile Marumo

Honourable Deputy Minister of Gender and Youth, Sports and Recreation

Honourable Rethabile Marumo

Honourable Rethabile Marumo is the Deputy Minister of Gender and Youth, Sports and Recreation. She was appointed to this position in July 2017 following the June 2017 snap elections that resulted in the formation of the current Coalition Government. Honourable Marumo is also a Member of Parliament by virtue of Proportional Representation (PR), representing the Alliance of Democrats (AD) political party.

She completed her secondary education in 1995 at St. Stephens High School and preceded to Leribe English Medium High School where she completed high school in 1998. She graduated with Bachelor of Arts Degree in Urban and Regional Planning at the National University of Lesotho in 1998.

Honourable Marumo has served in the ninth Parliament as Member of Parliament representing the Democratic Congress (DC) following the 2015 snap election. While serving in the ninth Parliament thus from 2015-2017, she was elected as the Chairperson of the standing committee on Ethics and Privileges, was a member of Portfolio committees on Economics, member of Portfolio committee on Environment and Natural Resources and a Member of the Pan-African Parliament.  

In 2007, she was elected in the National Assembly, representing the Lesotho Congress for Democracy (LCD) for Mohobollo Constituency. During her tenure as a Member of Parliament, she was elected as Chairperson of the Parliamentary Portfolio committee on Law and Public Safety. She also served as a member of the Pan-African Parliament. In 2005, Honourable Marumo was elected as President of the LCD Youth League, the position she held until 2008.

Honourable Marumo is married and blessed with three children.

 

Honourable Mahala Molapo

Honourable Minister of Agriculture and Food Security

Honourable Mahala Molapo

Honourable Mahala Molapo is the Minister of Agriculture and Food Security. He was sworn in to this position in June 2017 following his election as Member of Parliament for Thaba-Phatšoa Constituency No. 8 representing the All Basotho Convention (ABC) political party in June 2017.

Honourable Molapo acquired a certificate in boilermaking while working at West Driefontein Mines, Transvaal in South Africa. In 1978, he attended training courses on the use of acetylene and oxygen gases to do various metallurgical tasks including arcwelding. He completed his grade 8 at Thulare High School, in Pretoria, South Africa. However, in 1976, he left school during the Soweto Uprising. He did his primary and secondary education at Thaba-Phatšoa.

In June 2012, Honourable Molapo was appointed to the position of the Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Food Security. His appointment followed the May 2012 General Elections in which he was elected a Member of Parliament representing the ABC Political Party. Apart from winning the Thaba- Phatšoa constituency in 2012, he had also served in Parliament following his election for the same constituency in 2007.

Besides his passion for politics, Honourable Molapo is an active farmer. He ventured in animal farming in which he saw a need for acquisition of dairy cattle, sheep for wool production whilst in piggery and chickens. In 1996, he established a small hammer-mill which managed to grow into a roller-mill. He also became an accomplished commercial farmer who producec produces wheat (always 100 tonnes and above), maize (100 tonnes and above), beans (maximum 15 tonnes) and sorghum since 1996 to date.

He is member of various farmers’ associations that include; the Leribe Tractor Owners’ Association, local co-operative (Maphiri Co-op) at Likhakeng Ha ’Mako. He was awarded a Certificate of Excellence for his contribution in the development of agriculture in Leribe by Motjoli Foods, Thetsane Carewell Motors & Mots Insurance Brokers.

In 1977, Honourable Molapo was recruited to join West Driefontein Mines in Transvaal, South Africa and moved to West Driefontein Mines from 1980 to 1986 where he worked as a Personnel Aid in the Engineering Department.

He left the mines and establish family business (Caltex Fuel Station & Liquor Restaurant) where he worked as a manager from 1986 to 1995.

Honourable Mahala Molapo is married with five (5) children; two sons and three daughters. He likes watching soccer, athletics, tennis, golf, rugby and is a keen darts player. He aspires to see his country grow economically and Basotho becoming self-sufficient in food production. This, he deems could be achieved if Lesotho children are educated especially in farming as that is where he believes the future is.

 

Honourable Chalane Cletus Phori

Honourable Minister of Small Business Development, Cooperatives and Marketing

Honourable Chalane Cletus Phori

Honourable Chalane Phori is the Minister of Small Business, Cooperating and Marketing, the position he was appointed to in June 2017 following his election into Parliament after winning the Qoaling Constituency for All Basotho Convention (ABC) political party.

Honourable Phori attended school at Seleso Primary School where he completed his primary school and graduated from his high school education at Masianokeng High School. He holds Diploma in Business Management from Amity University in India.

He has served as a Member of Parliament since 2012 to date following his election in the Qoaling constituency. While in Parliament in 2012-2014, he was a member of Public Accounts Committee.

Honourable Phori is a businessman. Since he completed his high school, he has been engaged in various types of business, thus; in 1998 he established a Fruits & Vegetable business, in 2006, established a supermarket which has now turned to business hub named Tsoapo’s Business Centre that comprises of a tavern, saloon and butchery and Tsoapo’s Meat Processing. He owns Tsoapo’s Brick works and 6 truck fleet. He is also a shareholder at Google Company.

Besides his involvement in politics and business, Honourable Phori is passionate about community support. He is the sponsor of Qoaling Highlanders Soccer Club, and established cooperatives societies for his community.

Honourable Phori is married and blessed with four children, two sons and two daughters. He likes spending time with family, reading, public speaking and motivation.

Honourable ‘Manthabiseng Arcylia Phohleli

Honourable Deputy Minister of Health

Honourable ‘Manthabiseng Arcylia Phohleli

 

Honourable ‘Manthabiseng Phohleli is the Deputy Minister of Health. She is also a Member of Parliament by virtue of Proportional Representation (PR) representing the Alliance of Democrats (AD) political party. In July 2017, she was appointed to the position of the Deputy Minister of Health following the June 2017 snap elections.

Honourable Phohleli holds Diploma in Office Administration.

Since she left school, Honourable Phohleli has been engaged in business, running family businesses thus Tucking Company and audio spares.

In 2012, she was elected into the National Assembly representing the Democratic Congress (DC) for Rothe Constituency No. 44. While serving in Parliament from 2012 to 2015, she was a member of the Portfolio Committee on Social Cluster -HIV/AIDS. She also represented Lesotho in SADC Parliamentary Forum as Deputy Chair Social Development and Human Rights.

Honourable Phohleli is married and blessed with children.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Honourable Halebonoe James Setṡabi

Honourable Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Relations

Honourable Halebonoe James Setṡabi

Honurable Halebonoe Setṡabi is the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Relations. He is also a Member of Parliament representing the All Basotho Convention (ABC) political party.  He was elected into Parliament in June 2017 and thereof appointed to his position as Deputy Minister.

He attended school at Mabathoana High school where he completed both his Junior Certificate (J.C) and Cambridge Overseas School Certificate (C.O.S.C). He continued with his tertiary education at Canterbury University in the United Kingdom, the National University of Lesotho (NUL) and Centre for Accounting Studies both in Maseru, Lesotho.

Honourable Setṡabi has worked in various oganisations before he became a Member of Parliament in 2015. Thus; from 2000-2003, he served in the Lesotho Public Service as Auditor in the office of the Auditor General, moved to work at the Lesotho Revenue Authority (LRA) as Senior Inspector from 2003-2006. In 2006, he joined the Liqhobong Mining Development Company to serve as Site Administrator until 2008. From 2009 -2015, Honourable Setṡabi worked at Road Fund as Revenue Accountant.

While in Parliament, he was elected into Public Accounts Portfolio Committee where he served from 2015-2017.  Besides his role as Member of Parliament, Honourable Setṡabi plays a significant role in community development activities which include paying school fees for 25 students at Kolonyama and Fobane High School and providing financial support for the needy and vulnerable members of the Kolonyama community on issues like funerals and medical.

He is a member of the Lesotho Institute of Accountants (LIA) and Student Member – Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (A.C.C.A).  He also attended short courses on Government Accounting, Audit techniques, VAT Audit as well as Fraud and investigation.

He is married and blessed with two children; a son and daughter. He likes playing soccer.

 

 

 

 

 

Honourable Joang Molapo

Honourable Minister of Tourism, Environment and Culture

Honourable Joang Molapo

Honourable Joang Molapo is the Minister of Tourism, Environment and Culture. He resumed this position following Cabinet reshuffle in February 2019,. Honourable Molapo is a Member of Parliament by virtue of Proportional Representation (PR) representing the Basotho National Party (BNP). He is the gazette Area Chief of Mohopong and Bokong in the Leribe district.

Before assigned to his current position, he served as Minister of Public Service, the position he resumed in April 2018 after serving as Minister of Communications, Science and Technology from June 2017 to April 2018. His appointment in the Ministry of Communications, Science and Technology followed the snap elections held on June 03, 2017.

He attended various primary schools from various countries and this include; St. Joseph Elementary New York, in the United States of America (USA) from 1971 to 1972. From 1972 to 1974, he was at Roosevelt Elementary School, New Rochelle in New York, USA and British School Tettrain in Iran from 1975 to 1976.

From 1976 to 1977, Honourable Molapo attended Albert Leonard Jr. High School in New York. He completed his high school education at Machabeng in Maseru. Lesotho.

He enrolled with the National University of Lesotho from 1983 to 1985 majoring with Maths and Physics. He went further to study at Loughborough University Loughborough, Leicestershire where he graduated with B.Sc (Hon) Civil Engineering in 1989.

Honourable Molapo has worked as Design Engineer in various companies and places that include; Croswel Shephard and Partners in Johannesburg from January 1990 to July 1991, Highlands Water Venture Katse Dam from August 1991 until June 1994, Lesotho Consulting Engineers in Maseru, Lesotho from August 1994 to June 1995 and Matsoku Dam Partnership in July 1995 until December 1996.

He served in the position of a Director in various companies and places since January 1997 to June 2012. Thus, from January 1997 to December 1998, he worked at Ninham Shand Consulting Engineers in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, Jeffares and Green Consulting Engineers also in Port Elizabeth, South Africa from January to December 1999, and Lukhozi Consulting Engineer still in East London, South Africa from January 2000 to October 2002. He moved to work at Civil and Rural Consulting Engineers still in East London, South Africa from November 2002 to October 2003. In November 2003, he worked at Karabo Consulting Engineers, Pretoria in South Africa until 2006 in January. From November 2006 to October 2007, he was at Moxhomo Construction in Johannesburg, returned to Croswell Engineers in Johannesburg from November 2007 to December 2010 and Molprocon Bloemfontein in South Africa from January 2011 to June 2012.

In July 2012, Honourable Molapo was appointed to the position of Minister of Home Affairs where he served until March 2015. Following the 2015 elections, he became an opposition Member of Parliament by virtue of Proportional Representation (PR) representing his political party the BNP until February 2017 when the country prepared for another snap election. While in the Ninth Parliament, he served in various Portfolio Committees such as Business Committee, Economic Cluster and Natural Resources.

He has received awards and honorary appointments locally and internationally and these includes FIDE: Candidate Master (Chess), South African Institute of Consulting Engineer ALGOA Region, Design Awards 1998: Kwanobohle Multi-Purpose Sports Centre and Upgrade of Driftsands Treatment Works Port Elizabeth-1999. He is also a Patron of the Lesotho Chess Federation.

Honourable Joang originates from Ha-Mathata, Maputsoe in Leribe. He is married and blessed with four children, three daughters and a son.

Honourable Keketso Sello

The Honourable Minister of Mining

Honourable Keketso Sello

 

Honourable Keketso Utloang Sello is the Minister of Mining. He is also a Member of Parliament for Hlootse Constituency No. 13, representing the All Basotho Convention (ABC) political party.

Honourable Sello attended the Iqhayiya Technical College in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. He was educated at Christ the King High and Maseru Day High schools after completing his primary education at Iketsetseng Private School in Maseru.

Since leaving school, he has served in the position of a Director at Lesotho Funeral Services from 1986 to date. While at the Lesotho Funeral services, some of the main duties and responsibilities included; maintaining financial records, order merchandise and prepare accounts, manage funeral home operations, offer counsel and comfort to bereaved families and friends as well as to direct preparations and shipment of bodies for out-of-state burial.

Honourable Sello has also been the director of Humanities Building Construction and Transport and Logistics overseeing daily operations of the construction company.  Again he worked as Director of Humanities, Farm and Poultry collaborating with the farmers about all farming activities, monitoring and supplying piggery across the country, monitoring merino wool production, farm progress and production and supply of maize and beans across the country. Beside the local positions, he has also served as the Director of National Funeral Directors Association of South Africa (NFDA).

He is married and blessed with three daughters, two sons and a grandchild. He likes soccer and volleyball.

Honourable Mokhele Moletsane

Honourable Minister of Education and Training

Honourable Mokhele Moletsane

Hounourable Mokhele Moletsane is the Minister of Justice and Correctional Services. He is a Member of Parliament representing the Alliance of Democrats (AD) political party under Proportional Representation (PR).

Honourable Moletsane was educated at St. Louis RCC Primary School in Matsieng. In 2000, he obtained his Cambridge Overseas School Certificate (COSC) from Masianokeng High School. Honourable Moletsane graduated from the National University of Lesotho (NUL) with a Bachelor of Education Degree in 2005. In 2008, he attained a Master of Science Degree (International Business) from the University of Nottingham, UK.

In June 2017, he was sworn in as Minister of Education and Training following the snap elections held on June 03, 2017. He served in the Ministry of Education and Training until April 2018 when he was transferred to his current ministry. In March 2015, Honourable Moletsane was appointed as Deputy Minister of Public Works and Transport following his election as Member of Parliament representing the Democratic Congress (DC) political party for Matsieng Constituency #45 during the February 2015 snap elections. In September 2016, he was promoted to the position of Minister of Law and Constitutional Affairs, the position he declined and later resigned from the Lesotho’s Second Coalition Government which was led by the then Prime Minister, Dr Pakalitha Mosisili.  He then joined hands with Mr. Monyane Moleleki, leader of the Alliance of Democrats (AD) to form AD which forms part of the current Coalition Government.

Between 2005 and 2006, he briefly served at Holy Family High School in Leribe as a teacher and as a ministerial secretary in the Ministries of Foreign Affairs and of Natural Resources respectively.  Honourable Moletsane joined the Lesotho Lowlands Water Project Unit as Senior Community Liaison Officer for three years.

Honourable Moletsane is married and blessed with two daughters.  He likes swimming, classical and choral music as well as reading. 

 

 

 

Honourable Mokoto Hloaele

Honourable Minister of Home Affairs

Honourable Mokoto Hloaele

Honourable Mokoto Hloaele is the Minister of Home Affairs. He resumed his duties into this position in February 2019 following the cabinet reshuffle. He is a member of the Senate.

Following the 2017 snap election, he was appointed to the position of the Minister of Energy and Meteorology following his appointment as a Senator in July 2017.

Honourable Hloaele attained MBA from Henley Management College of the United Kingdom (UK) from 1999-2001. Before obtaining his MBA, he studied and acquired Diploma in Management from the same institution from 1997 to 1999. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting) Degree from the National University of Lesotho (NUL) from 1978 to 1982.

In 2012 and 2015 consecutively, Honourable Hloaele was elected as Member of Parliament representing the Democratic Congress (DC) political party in the constituency of Malibamatšo Constituency. Following his election in 2015, Honourable Hloaele was appointed as Minister of Development Planning. In November 2016, he resigned from his position as Minister of Planning to join the newly formed political party named Alliance of Democrats led.

Honourable Hloaele held various positions as a Public Servant as well as in the Private Sector before he was appointed the Minister of Development Planning in March, 2015. In 2007, he worked as the Managing Director and Board Member for Lesotho Electricity Company (LEC) (Pty) Ltd until 2012 when he resigned to join the politics.

He also worked for the Central Bank of Lesotho (CBL) as Head of Treasury Operations Division in 2005-2007, Head of Securities Market Division in 1999-2004 and Export Credit Guarantee Officer from 1988-1997.

Honourable Hloaele also served in the Government of Lesotho Treasury Department as Principal Treasury Accountant from 1986 to 1988, Treasury Accountant in 1986 and Senior Accountant from 1982 to 1984. He became a Planning Officer in the Department of Women’s Affairs from 1984 to 1986.

Honourable Francis Mokoto Hloaele is married with four children. He is interested in watching professional tennis and soccer, which he previously participated actively as a player.

 

Honourable Monyane Moleleki

The Honourable Deputy Prime Minister

Honourable Monyane Moleleki

The Honourable Monyane Moleleki is the Deputy Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Lesotho. He was sworn to his position on June 2017 following his election as Member of Parliament representing the Alliance of Democrats (AD) political party during the June 2017 snap elections. He is also the Leader of the Lower House (National Assembly) and responsible for Parliamentary Affairs.

Honourable Moleleki is the Leader and founder of the AD political party which forms part of the current Lesotho’s Coalition Government.

Honourable Moleleki was educated at Nazareth Primary School from 1957 to 1965 and Christ the King High School from 1966 to 1970. He studied at Thompson Foundation (of the United Kingdom) where he obtained Diploma in Journalism and Diploma in Broadcasting-Common Wealth Broadcasting Association (C.B.A) course at Dar-es-Salaam in Tanzania from July to October 1994.

He graduated from Moscow State University with Certificate and Master of Arts Degree in Mass Communication in 1982. He also holds Certificate in Educational Television Broadcasting from the University of Witwatersrand in 1982.

Honourable Moleleki has worked at Lesotho Highlands Development Authority (LHDA) as Public Relations Manager and Public Communications at the National University of Lesotho (NUL) attached at the Maseru campus, Institute of Extra Mural Studies (IEMS). He has served as Member of Parliament and Cabinet Minister in various government ministries since 1993.

In 1993, he was elected Member of Parliament (MP) for Senqunyane Constituency representing the Basutoland Congress Party (BCP) under the leadership of the late Dr Ntsu Mokhehle. He was appointed the Minister of Natural Resources, the position he served in until 1996 when he was transferred to the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting as Minister. He was re-elected into the National Assembly in 1998, this time for the Machache Constituency No. 38. Following his election as MP, he was again appointed to serve in the Ministry of Natural Resources as Minister.

Hourable Moleleki was again in 2002 elected to the National Assembly, and appointed Minster of Natural Resources and later was transferred to being the Minister of Foreign Affairs until February 2007. In 2007, he was re-elected a Member of Parliament for the Machache Constituency, this time representing the Lesotho Congress for Democracy (LCD) political party under the leadership of Dr Pakalitha Mosisili.  He served as Minister of Natural Resources from 2007 to 2012.

In 2012, he was elected the Deputy Leader of the Democratic Congress (DC) led by Dr Mosisili. DC came as result of breakage from the Lesotho Congress for Democracy (LCD) in 2012. Following the 2012 general elections, Honourable Moleleki was re-elected into Parliament for Machache Constituency representing DC. The DC political party failed to form a government as the three political parties (All Basotho Convention (ABC), LCD and Basotho National Party (BNP) joint forces to form the first Coalition Government in Lesotho led by Dr Motsoahae Thomas Thabane. Honourable Moleleki was therefore appointed Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly and served in this position until 2014 when the country prepared for snap elections due to failure of the then Coalition Government.

In February 2015, he was re-elected as Member of Parliament for the same constituency and political party thus DC. He was appointed to the position of Minister of Police and Public Safety under the Second Coalition Government, which was led by the then Prime Minister, Dr Pakalitha Mosisili. He served in this position until November 2016.

In November 2016, he resigned from his position as Minister of Police and was suspended as Member of DC for six years. Following his suspension with other members from the party, he led the formation of the new political party named Alliance of Democrats (AD) and was elected Leader of the party. Following failure of the Second Coalition Government to complete its five-year term, the country conducted snap elections in June 2017.

In 2017, Honourable Moleleki was re-elected to the National Assembly as MP for the Machache Constituency, this time representing AD. He was appointed the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister responsible for Parliamentary Affairs.

He was born at Mohlaka’tuka in the Maseru district. He is married and is blessed with a son, two daughters and one granddaughter.

 

Honourable Temeki Phoenix Tṡolo 

Honourable Minister in the Office of the Prime Minister

Honourable Temeki Phoenix Tṡolo   

Honourable Temeki Phoenix Tšolo is the Minister in the Office of the Prime Minister. He is also a Member of Parliament representing the All Basotho Convention (ABC) political party for Mafeteng Constituency No. 55. He was appointed to his position in June 23, 2017 following the June 2017 snap elections where he was elected to the National Assembly.

Honourable Tšolo has been elected into Parliament representing ABC since 2012 to date as during the 2015 and 2017 snap elections, he was consecutively elected to National Assembly.

He attended school at St. Johns Primary School in Mafeteng from 1980 to 1987 where he obtained a Primary School Leaving Certificate (P.S.L.C). He completed both secondary and high school education at St. Johns High School in 1988 and 1990 respectively. He enrolled with the National University of Lesotho (NUL) where he obtained Diploma in Science Agriculture Education. In 2004, he graduated at the University of the Free State, South Africa with Bachelor of Science (BSc) Agriculture Management and Masters Science in Environmental Management in 2006.

Honourable Tṡolo has worked as a teacher at Johnson Baker High School, in the Mafeteng district from 2005 to 2006, teaching Science, Agriculture and Business studies. In 2007, he joined the Lesotho Flour Mills where he served as Distribution Manager since 2007 to May 2012 when he was elected into Parliament to represent ABC for the Mafeteng Constituency No. 55. Following his election as a Member of Parliament, he was appointed the Minister of Trade and Industry, Cooperatives and Marketing, the position he served from 2012 to 2013.

Honourable Tšolo contributes immensely in the development of his community thus; he is a major supporter of the home soccer team (Matholeng Masters). He supports associations initiated for livelihood such as income-generating associations in the constituency. Besides his support for these other community initiatives, he is instrumental in helping young people in the country to achieve their dreams, as currently there are two Basotho national pursuing their masters degree in the fields of Marketing, Financial Management and Political Administration.

Born in January 20, 1971 at Matholeng in the district of Mafeteng, Honourable Tšolo is married and blessed with a son.  He enjoys spending time with family.

Honourable Tlohelang Aumane

Honourable Minister of Planning

Honourable Tlohelang Aumane

Honourable Tlohelang James Aumane is the Minister of Development Planning. He is also a Member of Parliament for Semena Constituency following his election during the June 2017 snap elections and was subsequently appointed as Minister of Development Planning in June, 2017.

He attended school at Sephokong LEC Primary School from 1982 to 1986 and Liseleng Primary School where he completed his primary education in 1988. He completed his high school education at Mamohau High School in 1993. He holds BA Economics from the National University of Lesotho (NUL) and Master in Commerce (Economics) from Kwa-Zulu Natal University in 2003 to 2004.

Honourable Aumane held various positions in the Public Service and Private Sector before he was appointed the Honourable Minister of Development Planning in June, 2017. Thus; in September, 2015, he was appointed in the Ministry of Development Planning as the Principal Secretary (PS). Furthermore, he also played several roles in the Ministry of Trade and Industry Cooperatives and Marketing, such as Director of One Stop Business Facilitation Centre in 2010-2014, Chief Trade Development Officer, 2009, Principal Trade Development Officer, 2006-2007, Senior Industry Development Officer, 2006-2004, Senior Commercial Officer, 2000-2002.

In the Private Sector, Honourable Aumane worked as a Specialist for Lesotho Millennium Development Agency from 2014 to 2015. He also worked at SADC Secretariat as Trade Officer in Botswana, Gaborone in 2009 and was Trade Expert in Lesotho Mission at the WTO in Switzerland, Geneva in 2007 to 2008.

Besides his commitment in politics and professional career, Honourable Aumane works with different sectors of society on developmental projects intended to alleviate poverty. He is also a member of the Lesotho Scout Association in which he held various positions like the International Commissioner. He undertook various projects as Mamohau High School Alumni and promoted as well as sponsored soccer teams in his area. He has also played significant roles internationally where he was nominated as LDC Coordinator at WTO at export level in 1998 to 1999, was a member of the UNIDEP Governing Council, WB Alternative Governor and represented Lesotho in various negotiating forums in six meetings.

Honourable Aumane is married and is blessed with three children, two sons and a daughter. He likes farming and watching soccer. 

Honourable Dr Mahali Agnes Phamotse

Honourable Minister of Education and Training

Honourable Dr Mahali Agnes Phamotse

 

Honourable Mahali Phamotse is the Minister Gender and Youth, Sports and Recreation. She is also a Member of Parliament by virtue of Proportional Representation (PR) representing the Alliance of Democrats (AD) political party.

After completing both her Secondary and High School Education at St. Paul’s High School in 1985 and 1987 respectively, she enrolled for a Bachelor of Arts in Education at the National University of Lesotho, which she completed in 1993. In 1997 to 1998, she enrolled with the University of the Witwatersrand and obtained her Honors Degree and Master of Education respectfully.  She obtained her Doctor of Philosophy in 2013 also from the University of Witwatersrand.

In June 2017, she was sworn in to the position of Minister of Justice and Correctional Services following the June 2017 snap election which resulted in the Lesotho’s current Coalition Government. She served in her previous portfolio until April 2018 when she was transferred to her current position. Following the February 2015 snap elections, she was appointed as a Senator and also Minister of Education and Training, the position she held from March 2015 to September 2016.

Apart from serving as His Majesty’s Cabinet member, Honourable Phamotse has worked at the Lesotho College of Education (LCE) and National University of Lesotho (NUL) as a Lecturer of Ethical courses in the department of Theology and Religious Studies. She also specialises in curriculum development. Since 2007, she has been lecturing and focusing on Educational curriculum and Philosophy of Education as well as Teaching and learning strategies.

She worked as the Head of Department of Theology and Religious Studies at the National University of Lesotho from 2007-2011. During this period, she was involved in many academic activities that included designing, reviewing, planning, lecturing and examining courses in Theology and Religious Studies, module writing as well as supervising student’s research projects.

Honourable Phamotse’s academic experiences also include publication of an academic article entitled “The Role of the Humanities in the Modern University: Some Historical and Philosophical Considerations”. This article was published in the May 2008 issue of Journal of Philosophy of Education. She also attended and presented research papers in many conferences. The latest paper that she presented was entitled “Inclusion of Religion in the Constitution of Lesotho”. This paper was presented at the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Conference that was held in Maseru, Lesotho in 2013.

Her previous experience includes working as the Head of Social Sciences Department and Religious knowledge Teacher at St. Cyprian’s High School from 1993 to 1996.

Honourable Mahali Phamotse was born in Botha-Bothe on the 09th January, 1969. She is married and blessed with two children.

Honourable Dr Moeketsi Majoro

Honourable Minister of Finance

Honourable Dr Moeketsi Majoro

Honourable Dr Moeketsi Majoro is the Minister of Finance and Member of Parliament representing the All Basotho Convention (ABC) political party for Thetsane Constituency No. 33. He was appointed to the position of Minister of Finance in June 2017 following the June 2017 snap elections.

Honourable Moeketsi Majoro holds a PhD in Natural Resource Economics and Master’s Degree in Agricultural Economics both from Washington State University and a BA in Economics from the National University of Lesotho.

In January 2013, he was elected Minister of Development Planning following his sworn in as Senator. Honourable Majoro served the Africa Group 1 Constituency at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) as Executive Director and Alternate Executive Director during 2008-2012. Prior to his appointment at IMF, he served as the Principal Secretary for the Ministry of Finance from 2004 to 2008, Fiscal Analyst from 2000 to 2004, Economics Lecturer and Researcher at the National University of Lesotho (NUL) from 1991 to 2000.

Honourable Majoro has also served in many other capacities such as oversight (non-executive directorships) and leaderships (chairing international institutions). He also serves as consultant in the areas of business and economics under his company QE, and has served as a director on many boards.

Honourable Dr Moeketsi Majoro was born in Tsikoane, Leribe on November 3, 1961. He is married and blessed with two children. He enjoys hiking and an un-handicapped game of golf, apart from writing papers.

 

Honourable Keketso Rantšo

Honourable Minister of Labour and Employment

Honourable Keketso Rantšo

 

Honourable Keketso Rantšo is the Minister of Labour and Employment. She was appointed to this position on June 23, 2017 following the 2017 snap elections. She is also a Member of Parliament representing the Reformed Congress of Lesotho (RCL) political party. Honourable Rantšo is the Leader of RCL that forms part of the current Lesotho’s Coalition Government.

 

She holds Diploma in Business Studies and Diploma in Secretarial Studies. She completed her C.O.S.C Certificate at ’Masentle High School, whilst her Junior Certificate was finalized at Mount Tabor Secondary School and completed primary education at Siloe Primary School.

 

In 2012, Honourable Rantšo was elected into Parliament by virtue of Proportional Representation (PR) to represent the Lesotho Congress for Democracy (LCD) and was appointed Minister of Public Works and Transport. In 2014, she was transferred to serve as Minister in the Ministry of Labour and Employment. She was first elected in the National Assembly to represent the LCD in the Constituency of Taung No. 56 in 2007. During her tenure as Member of Parliament, she was elected to various committees thus from 2007 to 2012, she was the Chairperson of the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on HIV/AIDS and Chairperson of World League Chapter on Democracy in 2011. She was elected Deputy Secretary General for LCD Youth League in 2003 – 2005, Secretary General for LCD Youth League in 2005 – 2006 and Secretary General for LCD Women’s League 2006 – 2010.

While serving as Minister of Public Works and of Labour and Employment, Honourable Rantšo participated in different forums and conferences such as 40th Arlac Governing Council, 9th -15th February, 2014 in Zimbabwe, 103 ILO Conference Geneva Switzerland from 24th May-14th June, 2014 and Mission to Washington DC-AGOA Renewal, September 2014, 16th AGOA Forum in Togo Lome, 6th-13th August 2017, the United States of America and Africa: Partnering for prosperity through Trade as well as Advocacy, Leadership and Resource Mobilization by Centre for African Family Studies 2007.

Honourable Rantṡo is married and blessed with children.

Honourable Kotiti Lawson Diholo

Honourable Deputy Minister of Local Government

Honourable Kotiti Lawson Diholo

Honourable Kotiti Lawson Diholo is the Deputy Minister of Local Government and Chieftainship. He is also a Senator. In July 2017, he was appointed to his current position following the June 2017 snap elections. He is a Member of the Alliance of Democrats.

In March 2015 until November 2016, he served in the same ministry as the Deputy Minister. He was also a member of Parliament following his election as Member of Parliament for Maletsunyane No. 47 constituency representing the Democratic Congress (DC).

Honourable Diholo graduated from the National University of Lesotho (NUL) with Bachelor of Education in 1998. He obtained Secondary Teacher Certificate (STC) from the National Teacher Training College (NTTC), now Lesotho College of Education (LCE) in 1990. He completed his high school education thus; Cambridge Overseas School Certificate (C.O.S.C) at Semonkong High School in 1980.

He has worked as a Member of Parliament for Maletsunyane Constituency No. 47 since April 2007 to date following his election representing the Lesotho Congress for Democracy (LCD) and Democratic Congress (DC) respectively. While in Parliament, he was tasked with the responsibilities to serve as a member of the Social Cluster Portfolio Committee and that of Public Accounts Committee.

Honourable Diholo started working at Mohloka Primary School from 1985 to 1987. In 1991, he worked at Senqunyane Secondary School as a teacher until 2007 when he decided to contest for the election as LCD candidate for Maletsunyane Constituency. He won the elections hence became a Member of Parliament.

Honourable Diholo is married and is blessed with seven children.

 

Honourable Thesele John Maseribane

Honourable Minister of Communications, Science and Technology

Honourable Thesele John Maseribane

 

Honourable Thesele Maseribane is the Minister of Communications, Science and Technology. He was appointed to his current position following Cabinet reshuffle in April 2018. He is a Member of Parliament representing the Basotho national party (BNP). He is also the Leader of the BNP which forms part of the current Lesotho’s Coalition Government.

Honourable Maseribane has achieved High school and post high school academic credentials with reputable Institutions thus making him relevant to today’s political dynamics.  Born from the royal family, Honourable Maseribane is imbrued with the traditional norms of society and principles of leadership and governance.

In June 2017, Honourable Maseribane was appointed the Minister of Public Service following June 2017 snap elections, the position he held until April 2018 when he was transferred to his current position. He also served as Minister of Gender and Youth, Sports and Recreation from 2012 to 2014.

Chief Maseribane has previously served as the Basotho National Party Youth League President. He is a Leader founded in principles of democracy, a great proponent of clean, uncorrupt and sound governance. He was part of the leaders who formed the first Lesotho Coalition Government in 2012. He has been a force of unity, peace and stability amongst his counterparts in the previous administration and the current one.

Honourable Maseribane is a seasoned politician who amongst other things advocates for the rule of law, reconciliation, and stability thus creating necessary environment for economic development in the mountain kingdom. He remains clear that Basotho and Lesotho is priority beyond any self-aspirations. He is the leader who believes in four pillars of development namely: Quality Education; Economic Growth; Agriculture and Job Creation.

Honourable Maseribane is a loyal member of the Catholic Church, who is compassionate and advocates for excellent service delivery to the entire Basotho Nation. He is married and is blessed with three children and three grandchildren.

The Right Honourable Dr Motsoahae Thomas Thabane

The Right Honourable the Prime Minister

The Right Honourable Dr Motsoahae Thomas Thabane

The Right Honourable the Prime Minister, Dr Motsoahae Thomas Thabane is the Prime Minister of Lesotho. He is a Member of Parliament for Abia Constituency No. 37 representing All Basotho Convention (ABC) political party, which forms part of the current Lesotho’s Coalition Government. He was sworn as Prime Minister on June 16, 2017 following the snap election of June 2017.

The Right Honourable the Prime Minister is the founder and Leader of the All Basotho Convention (ABC) political party, which he founded in 2006. He has also served as the Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Lesotho from June 2012 to February 2015 leading the first Coalition Government in Lesotho. In 2012, he was conferred with an Honorary Doctorate in Leadership by the Limkokwing University of Creative Technology, Maseru Campus.

Dr Thabane completed his elementary education at Masianokeng Primary School in the early 1950s. He continued with secondary and high school education at Maseru Day High School (commonly known as Control); the then Thabeng Training College and Basutoland High School, now renamed Lesotho High School.

In 1964, he graduated with Bachelor of Arts Degree with major in Political Science and English at the then Pius XI College, which was later called University of Botswana, Lesotho and Swaziland (UBLS) and now the National University of Lesotho (NUL).

Dr Thabane’s first appointment was at the Senate where he served as First Clerk Assistant and later Deputy Clerk from 1966 to 1970. In 1970, the then Basotho National Party (BNP) regime led by the late Prime Minister, Dr Leabua Jonathan declare a State of Emergency and Parliament and all its institutions were closed. Following the closure of Parliament and its institutions, all affected employees were deployed in various government ministries and Dr. Thabane was placed in the Ministry of Health and Education Assistant Secretary ((Administration) in the department of Health.

The Prime Minister has worked as a civil servant in the Kingdom of Lesotho for twenty-six years. For nineteen years, he served as Permanent Secretary (PS) in various government ministries including that of Justice from 1972 to 1976; Interior (now renamed Home Affairs and Public Safety) from 1976 to 1978, Health from 1978 to 1983, Foreign Affairs from 1983 to 1985 and back to Interior from 1985 to 1986.

In 1986, the BNP led government was toppled in a military coup, which was led by the then Major General Justin Metsing Lekhanya. As a result, government led by the military was formed and Dr Thabane was appointed as Secretary of Council of Ministers from 1986-1990 and also appointed the Minister of Foreign Affairs as well as of Information and Broadcasting Minister from 1990 to 1991.

With the persuasion of the Southern African Development Community (SADC), African Union (AU) the then Organisation of African Union (OAU) and the entire international community, Military was under pressure to reinstate the civilian rule and Dr Thabane played a key role in this regard to convince the Military to accept the inevitable development to reinstate the civilian rule. It is during this time that Dr Thabane led the negotiating team that led to the return of political exiles that fled the country in 1970. As result, in 1993, the first democratic elections were held in the country which was worn by the BCP under the leadership of the late Dr Ntsu Mokhehle who requested Dr Thabane to join his administration as Political Advisor to the Prime Minister, the position he held until 1998.

In 1998, Dr Thabane participated actively in politics, and contested the general elections representing BCP at Abia Constituency No. 36 (now Abia No. 37). He won the constituency and was appointed to a cabinet position in the Ministry of Foreign Affair until 2003. In 2003, he was appointed Minister of Home Affairs and Public safety, the position he served until 2005.

After 2002 general elections, Dr Pakalitha Mosisili led administration of the Lesotho Congress for Democracy (LCD) regime which Dr Thabane served under as Minister of Communications, Science and Technology from 2005 to 2006. However, by this time, relations between Dr Thabane and the then Prime Minister, Dr Mosisili deteriorated to all time low. In 2006, Dr Thabane left the party (LCD) and formed a new party; All Basotho Convention (ABC), and effectively crossed the floor in Parliament to the opposition bench with other sixteen Members of Parliament (MPs).

In 2007, the ABC political party under his leadership won seventeen constituencies and nine (9) Proportional Representation (PR) seats giving ABC twenty-six seats in Parliament as an opposition until 2012. After 2012 general elections, Dr Thabane formed the 1st Coalition Government with two political parties namely; LCD and BNP.

Beside his successes in politics, the Right Honourable the Prime Minister was nominated the winner of the 2006 Best ICT Minister in Africa Award. He was the Chairperson of the Committee of Ministers in the East Africa Submarine Cable System (EASSY) project that was aimed at boosting regional communication initiatives. He pioneered the expansion of rural telecommunications network in the rural areas of Lesotho.

He was the Chairperson of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) Council of Ministers during the negotiations leading to the transformation of the OAU into the African Union (AU). He was also the Chairperson of the National Refugee Committee and the National Democratisation Committee. Dr Thabane was the World Health Organisation (WHO) part-time Consultant on Primary Health Care Implementation in Sub-Saharan Africa.

The Right Honourable the Prime Minister likes reading politics, listening to Jazz and Rhythm & Blues music and has a passion for physical fitness.

Dr Thabane was born on 28 May, 1939 at Makhoakhoeng, Ha-Abia in Maseru. He is married.

Honourable Tsukutlane Au

Minister of Home Affairs

The Honourable Minister of Energy and Meteorology

Honourable Tsukutlane Au

Honourable Tsukutlane Au is the Minister of Energy and Meteorology and Member of the Upper House (Senate). He was appointed to the position of the Minister of Energy and Meteorology in February 2019.

He has served as Minister of Home Affairs since July 2017 to February 2019 following the June 2017 snap election and his appointment as a Senator.

Honourable Au holds Master Degree in Public Policy and Administration from the Institute of Social Studies (Netherlands) from 1997 to 1998. He graduated from the National University of Lesotho (NUL) with B.A. Public Administration and Political Science in 1994.

He completed his primary, secondary and high school education at Likolobeng Primary, Manonyane Secondary and Christ the King High School in 1984, 1987 and 1989 successively.

In 2017, Honourable Au joint the newly formed Alliance of Democrats (AD) political party. Following the June 2017 snap elections, he was appointed to the Senate and Minister of Home Affairs. He has also served as Minister of Public Service and Member of Parliament from 2015 to 2017 representing the Democratic Congress (DC) political Party in the Thaba-Putsoa Constituency. In 2012, he was elected to the National Assembly to represent the Democratic Congress (DC) Party for the constituency of Makhaleng.

Besides his political career, he has served in various Government ministries and departments as Assistant Administration Officer, Assistant Human Resources Officer and Human Resources Officer all in the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security while in the Ministry of Public Service he was promoted to the position of Director Human Resources, the position he held from 2003 to 2007 when he was appointed as Principal Secretary in the same Ministry. He held the position of the Principal Secretary until 2012 when he resigned to join politics.

Honourable Au is married and blessed with four children. He is a member of the Catholic Church.