New cabinet unveiled
By webmaster On 16 Jun, 2012 At 04:17 PM | Categorized As Local, News | With 2 Comments

Bongiwe Zihlangu

MASERU — The Lesotho Congress for Democracy (LCD) was the biggest beneficiary with nine key ministerial posts in a cabinet announced by Prime Minister Thomas Thabane on Friday.
The LCD got the key posts of finance, local government, education, public service and employment and labour, among others.
The All Basotho Convention (ABC), which is the biggest partner in the coalition government, walked away with 10 ministerial posts taking the key posts of defence, police, national security, development planning, agriculture and mining.
The Basotho National Party (BNP) got one position.
The ministries of defence, police and national security now fall under Thabane.
ABC’s Molobeli Soulo and Mophato Monyake, were both appointed ministers in the prime minister’s office.
LCD leader Mothetjoa Metsing was appointed Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Local Government and Chieftainship Affairs while LCD MP Dr Leketekete Ketso got the plum and prestigious post of Finance Minister.
Ketso replaced the LCD’s Dr Timothy Thahane who was shipped to the Ministry of Energy, Meteorology and Water Affairs.
The LCD’s Makabelo Mosothoane got the key post of Education Minister.
Professor Moletsane Maboee, the ABC deputy leader and former National University of Lesotho (NUL) Pro-Vice Chancellor, was appointed Minister of Development Planning while the LCD’s deputy leader Motloheloa Phooko was appointed Minister of Public Service.
Phooko, a former minister in the prime minister’s office, was among three cabinet ministers who were fired by former prime minister Pakalitha Mosisili in February following a bitter stand-off in the former ruling party.
‘Mamahele Radebe, the ABC women’s league president, was appointed the new Minister of Tourism, Environment and Culture while the LCD secretary general Keketso Rants’o was appointed the Minister of Public Works and Transport.
Prominent human rights lawyer, Haae Phoofolo, who won the Maseru constituency under the ABC banner, is the new Minister of Justice, Human Rights, Correctional Services, Law and Constitutional Affairs.
The LCD’s deputy secretary general Ts’eliso Mokhosi is the new Minister of Communications, Science and Technology while Khotso Matla was appointed the Minister of Forestry and Land Reclamation.
The ABC’s Temeki Tšolo, who beat former deputy prime minister Lesao Lehohla for the Mafeteng constituency seat, was appointed the new Minister of Trade and Industry.
Former traffic commissioner, Tlali Khasu, is the new Minister of Trade.
Thabane is still to announce the appointments for the ministries of health, home affairs and foreign affairs.
The deputy ministers are expected to be announced this week.

Below we list the full Cabinet:

1. Prime Minister, Minister of Defence, of Police and National Security — Thomas Thabane
2. Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Local Government and Chieftainship — Mothetjoa Metsing
3. Minister of Gender, Youth, Sport and Recreation — Thesele ‘Maseribane
4. Minister of Development Planning — Prof Maboee Moletsane
5. Minister of Public Service — Dr Motloheloa Phooko
6. Minister of Energy, Meteorology and Water Affairs — Dr Timothy Thahane
7. Minister of Finance — Dr Leketekete Ketso
8. Minister of Tourism, Environment and Culture — Mamahele Radebe
9. Minister of Public Works and Transport — Keketso Rantso
10. Minister of Justice, Human Rights, Correctional Service, Law and Constitutional Affairs — Haae Phoofolo
11. Minister of Communications, Science and Technology — Tšeliso Mokhosi
12. Minister of Forestry and Land Reclamation — Khotso Matla
13. Minister of Trade and Industry — Temeki Tšolo
14. Minister of Mining — Tlali Khasu
15. Minister of Agriculture and Food Security — Litšoane Litšoane
16. Minister of Education and Training — Makabelo Mosothoane
17. Minister of Social Development — Matebatso Doti
18. Minister of Employment and Labour — Lebesa Maloi
19. Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office — Molobeli Soulo
20. Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office — Mophato Monyake

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  1. semenekane says:

    E nepahetse Team ena, haho sebetsoe Bahlomphehi. Ntate Moletsane u are a center player, etsa hore u bone hore distribution ea bolo e tsamaea ka thello, e tsebe ho kena ka letanteng.

    Bro Tom ema thabeng, u tsoke sephali, ha DJ Waters le Morena Thesele ba lokeloa ho thusana bakeng sa phethahatso ea maono, bosebelletsi bo tsoileng matsoho le hore re bone kholo e khotsofatsang ea moruo, Basotho ba fumane mesebetsi e ba patalang hantle.

    Re tla le ts’ehetsa bo ntate le bo “me”. Hali oele khabong, etsoe nako ena e lekane Motinyane!

  2. clement says:

    Please correct the mistake made on your statement that:

    “Former traffic commissioner, Tlali Khasu, is the new Minister of Trade.”
    Tlali Khasu is the Minister of Mining not Trade.

  3. sengoatho says:

    This is no surprise in this selection,the same suspects of seats fighting in the old LCD are nw in front,all of them abd guess wat most are there by PR.We cn all wait n see.kee rata ofising ea PM,A BOY NEXT TO PAPA

  4. jabba says:

    sepolesa se ikarabella ho mang joale?

  5. Lethula MF says:

    Dear nazists, as u been crying since 2007 it now the time 4 u 2 tell Basotho as 2 which constituencies did the following MPs won b4 their appointment as ministers;Honourables Moletsane,Mokhosi,Phooko,Soulo,Radebe and Rants’o. You said u we ruled by ppl tt had been rejected the electorate.Unluckly Sir Pheko is being used as scapegoat 4 Taung lady.It is pity tt Hon.Maliehe of BB being 1 of ABC’s senior members is has been overlookf.As 4 the cops’ boss it is a payback from services rendered 2 the Nazism heir ai Tom.

  6. Lethula MF says:

    as u have been crying since 2007 it is.win.

  7. kobo says:

    kee uhe firstlady.bra soulo.hee e thata ntho ea motho le moetapele oa hae

  8. kobo says:

    hee re satlo tseha le mong sena.ho neng matona a teisetseng mele a dc a rebora.soulo aka firstlady.minister e qabolang moetapele.
    Khotso matla ?
    ntate phooko ?minister mistaking his leader calling him metsing lekhanya instead of mothejoa metsing
    keke rantso ?seriously works
    ntate ketso?drunken master
    doti? List is endless
    mr PM seka tsilisa batho bana ka botona.i was with frnd frm southafrica he was laughing his butt off.i c a reshuffle by the end of the year.i jst hope mr PM can wake up.we dont need ths mickey mouse.

    • Aunty P says:

      Khale re busoa ke liserekisi tsa likamele mona re thotsse!!! So now is our turn, live with it…. At least we will start our own mistakes starting with number one, unlike batho ba Potoana….. We lost count of their mistakes!

      • BOBBIE says:

        @Aunty P N’AKE BATHO! AOO NANA UENA U BUSOA KE LIKAMELE?? AOO!! NANA, U SO TSEBA LE LIKAMELE LE UENA NANA……..??? BA SEBELITSE BO LEFEFOOANE LE TEAM EA HABO RURI

    • BOBBIE says:

      @KOBO-NGOANESO POLOTIKI TSA 2012 HA EA LI MAKOA LI MONATE!!! RE TSEHA EVERY DAY!!!!!!!!!ACHEEE!!!!!!!!!

  9. LEKHOARA says:

    Banna le basali ba heso, ha ke utloisisi sello sa ba bang ba lona; ha re seke ra halalang batho ka chebo ea mahlo feela, motho ka mong re tle re moahlole ka tsebetso ea hae, haele ntlheng ea thuto le boiphihlelo teng ha re batle ho etsisa ‘muso oa potoana moo batho e neng eba matona ka JC and some typing course. re batla motho ea tla khona ho utloisisa tsamaiso, ho bala litokomane tse amanang le tsamaiso ea lekala le ‘muso in general.

    • Kido says:

      Ebe baa ba balileng? Kea ts’epa their profiles will be made available for us to see! Good luck to the new government!

  10. Pontoki says:

    The team looks promising and good, but the question within the coalition will always remain, who truly holds the power in the coalition, each party in coalition has promised its supporters heaven and earth, then how does the coalition prioritise, who will be sacrificed? Does BNP for instance have enough influence over policy or it just came to the foe to boost the coalition numbers? What portfolios in the cabinet will certain party representetives will hold, will they be satisfied? If their needs and desires are not satisfied wont they betray the coalition and go for a motion of no confidence in the Prime Minister? I think LCD is the wild card here, I stand to be corrected, I see the Backbenchers sweettalking LCD and other small parties in the House of Commoners,and viola! We have Thabane as a backbencher again. Food for thought

    • lefefooane says:

      @PONTOKI I HAVE BEEN ASKING MYSELF SAME QUESTIONS AS WELL MAY BE THEY WILL NEVER CROSS THE FLOOR BECAUSE IT IS CLEAR THAT WHO EVER DOES WILL BE MURDERED LIKE NTATE MACHAKELA-COUNTRY OF BLOOD!!!!!!!!!

  11. Letebele says:

    It is funny that the PM can refuse to stay in ahostel to impress saving money of the Basotho but inflate his cabinet to such an extent for such a small country where will all the money for all thse ministers come from.Cosider all their costs

    These people are coming to milk this country to blood. Aviodings staying ain hotel and so many ministers is like Penny wise and Pound foolish.

    No one is left out: Constituency winners and failures, Executive Committee members. No one can compolain really as all have been accomoated to try and please them and avoid splits.Ache rediculous.Mehlolo Batho ba bangata hakale all crooonies catered for impossible,unthinkable but it has happened at the peoples expense. VIVA Nationalist Coalition.

  12. Tortoise says:

    When all is said and done, let’s get to work!

    Don’t expect everyone to be pleased with the setup (just do your best). Surely it ought to be broadened than usual cos it’s comprised of many parties, all of whom SHOULD be considered impartially.

    Nt TOM, Thumbs up for ignoring the so-called American Call to keep that monster on our monies. The is The Kingdom of Lesotho, and not USA!

  13. Lefefooane says:

    OK. That the LCD has got most minister should be a blow to them because if they do not perform they will be the biggest casualities coma 2017. Good lucxk to the new cabinet. la Chaba!!!

  14. Rhino Horn says:

    Ea tsamaea chelete ea naha, Ass Minister still 2 cm. mur.

  15. semenekane says:

    @ Kobo

    Batho bao re ba khethile re ba rata. Tlohelang bonyefoli bona ba lona kaha bo ke ke ba le thusa ka letho. Re ile ra fa Potoana nako ea ho busa likhoeli tse tharo ba hapile ‘muso ka thoko ho molao.

    Joale molomo oa Ketlele o sa shebile ka ho rona. Hoa lona ke hore le ts’ehetse hona le ho nyefola

    @ Lethula FM

    Senate se entsoe ka sepheo sa hore batho ba nang le litsebo tse khethehileng ba kene ka paramenteng. Hase batho bohle ba ka kenang ka paramenteng hobane ba hapile mabatooa.

    Taba ea hore mang ke Lenasi, e nyahlatse kaha khethollo ea polotiki e se e le lehoetla la maobane

    Ke le eletsa ho ts’ehetsa ‘muso ona oa kopanelo. Ha Potoana e batla ho part n parcel akere ba ka ipopa ho etsa bohanyetsi bo matla

  16. Lethula MF says:

    Bala lita ba tsa ka hantle Meneki ‘me u mphe karabo eseng lintho tsena tseo u ntseng u li bua tse sieo.

  17. shebisano molitle says:

    MOSES DIED BUT AARON IS STILL ALIVE ,BASOTHO THANK GOD AS NOW

    LESOTHO IS ON HER WAY TO THE PROMISED LAND.EXODUS. AS WE ARE ALL WAITING WITH JOY TO TAKE OUR SHOFFELS, HOES, ETC TO DO OUR
    DUTY. THE PRIME MINISTER NTATE TOM HAS ALREADY HIGHLITED ON WHAT TO DO. WE PROMISE WE SHALL DO IT FOR ALL BASOTHO AND WE SHALL REPORT ALL THE ACTS OF EVIL IN OUR WORK AREAS . SO POWER TO THE PEOPLE FREEDOM TO LESOTHO, PROSPERITY,SHALL REIGN , UNITY ENFORCED.

  18. Kemisto says:

    Mohoma temeng,

  19. Korea says:

    what happened with foreign affairs ministry?

  20. Ysabel Kid says:

    ‘Maseribane, Phooko, Soulo, Radebe, Rantso, Mokhosi & Moletsane all share the same thing they are a bunch of losers, ask the electorate from their constituencies. Moletsane just has to remind us about that electric fence he erected at NUL It smelled a rat, sorry meant to say corruption. Moletsane is a Proffesor of what good people, just remembered the oke used to teach sesotho at Bereng High.

  21. semenekane says:

    @ Letebele

    U tlameha ho utloisisa hore re llile ka phano e fokolang ea lits’ebelletso ka nako e telele ‘musong o fitileng oo u ratang.

    Hore phano ea lits’ebelletso e ntlafale, hake bone phoso ha Bro Tom a ekelitse matona.

    U tla hopola hore ‘musong o neng o le corrupt oa hau, Mosotho o ne a nka lilemo tse 10 a emetse pasa ea ho eta, joale ‘muso ona oo ke o khethileng o ikemiselitse ho fana ka bosebelletsi bo tsoileng matsoho.

    O feng monyetla o buse, le tlohelle ho lla ka lintho tse sa utloahaleng.

  22. Monna Khotla says:

    Thom u se a qala ka bobolu ba ho hoba le MATONA a mabeli in his Office?????

  23. Thabane says:

    Matona a mabeli a sebetsang e kaalo Prime Minister office? Kapa ke nepotism le corruption li qalile? Bobolu bo monate ha motho a bo supa ho motho e mong empa ha bo etsoa ke eena teng a sa bo supe. Ke hona ho tlilo leqetsoa mona. Basotho ba bopeletsoe le bobolu, ke ka hona naha ea Lesotho e ntseng e le putsoa-putsoa ke bofutsana after 46 years of independence!!! Ke hona re tlilo bona metsoalle e mengata le li-relative ba e ea li-embassying tse 17 tsa Lesotho around the world!!!

  24. Thabane says:

    @Semenekane, u tlamehile hore taba ea khethollo ea bonashenale e nyahlatsoe ke ntho’a maobane, hobane joale u bone hore nasi party basotho haba e batle, haba e khethe likhethong. Joale hoa bona ke ho emela menyetla e tjena ea ho kena ka paqama gate hobane khale sechaba se ba lahlile. Le ka 2017 BNP e ntse e tlilo khethoa ke batho ba 20 lebatooeng. Ke mang ea ka khethang ka monoana oa hae party e tletseng batho ba violent hakalo Lesotho moo? E tla phela ka sona setlamo sena ho fihlela!!!

    • lefefooane says:

      @Thabane-Se tenang le ho feta batlo tsoaetsa ma LCD bo violent bona ba bona hoba MATOALA ona khale a tsoaelitsoe ha ba ne ba e qala ho lahla joina ma BNP haholo

  25. Thabane says:

    Re batla ho tseba matona a Home Affairs, Foreign Affairs le Health. Bona ba tla khethoa neng? Ho sa emetsoeng? Re batla lipasa ‘me re batla ho bona hore na eena basotho ba tla fumana lipasa kamora lilemo tse kae? Rea tseba ho ekelitsoe ka makala a mararo, e tlameha hoba 23 eseng 20. Phatlalatsang matona a mang.

  26. Le-ABC LCD BNP says:

    @Letebele, its job creation for Lesotho’s high offices because they all wanted to be ministers, and some want to go to Lesotho Embassies around the world and those in that missions will soon be recalled back home for replacement i.e ABC, LCD, BNP. They have their luggages ready for abroad these opportunists.

  27. Ramashalane says:

    I always thought there is a great pool of skill and technocrats in these three political parties which have formed this coalition leqetsa but to my surprise cabinet of ministers is built up with people of quesitionable intergrity apart from a few elites such as the minister of education,minister of agriculture,minister of communications,minister of local government,minister of sports to name but a few.l think we will see a reshuffle within no time.l think public servants will be the ones who will determine the future of this cabinet and the future of this coalition leqetsa like they did with the single-handed leqetsa,ba tlo le li ea ke le joetsoe basebetsi bana ba ‘muso le beha bo-where-do-l-sign botoneng le tlohela barutehi.l advise mapotoana a khabane ho seta sekimi ba be ba se ntse ba matha ka thoko ho lebala mona batho bana ba se ntse ba hlolehile ba sa tloha feela. Ke kopa le qale le ferehe hape mapotoana,motion of no confidence this time ekare ke lona leano within hundred days lona mapotoana ha le ka pabala mataese hantle le busa hape you have many options opened for you this time.l think ‘muso oa kopanelo o tla tla loka kamora hore oona o etse liphoso joale ba tlang le tla tla le bone liphoso tsa ‘muso oa kopanelo oona. Hee batho ha rea kota lekhale ke ho tsoa mejo hanong,ke rona ba potoana le rona ba mekha e busang ba sa bang matona,che kea ilo emela naha machabeng hobane ke ne ke tsella petrol ke tlo putsoa empa mapotoana a se ke mpe a nkhutlisa ka utloa ho thoe ba se ba nkile puso empa ke na le botho ba eona le bona.l am indeed a political prostitute empa nonyana-tsepe eona ke tla ke e palame hle banna,ha ba so khutle ba bang koa linaheng moo ba neng ba emetse naha khele ha e monate,ha e bohloko polotiki banna ache!

  28. semenekane says:

    @ Ramashalane & Monna Khotla

    Hao! Se le bitsa ‘muso oo o mocha oa Leqetsa, li qala li tloha feela?. ‘Nete ke hore ‘muso oa kopanelo ke molleloa. Ke baloi feela ba kekeng ba bona bohlokoa ba ona.

    Ma- Potoana ke bona le tatetse moro nama e so butsoe, re ipotsa feela hore na le habile ho kae?

    Haho phoso ha reshuffle e etsoa ka mabaka a utloahalang. Hake bone hore na corruption e ho kae ha Bro Tom a ena le matona a mabeli ofising ea hae. Akere ho eketsoa manpower hore lits’ebelletso li ntlafale?, joale Ma-Potoana bothata ba lona bo ho kae?

    As long as lena le this kind of negative attitude, Potoana ena ea lona e ea timelong.

    • yeboyes says:

      @SEMENEKANE-WE CAT WAIT-EHLILE RE TATETSE HO LEQETSA HA KERE LONA LE BO MOLOKI OAKA EA RATEHANG-HONTSO TLO LEQETSOA LE HONA MONA LE NAHANA HORE E LITHOTO!!!!!!!!NOT IN AFRICA MY BOY LE HONA EA CHABA SE AMANANG KAOFELA-JOO

  29. Lefefooane says:

    My only dissapointment is that my LCD comrades have feilded the same old scheme that did not perform in the old regime. My other worry is that most of the ministers come from Leribe. This will further allianate LCD as the Leribe party. However, I wish the new government my best wishes. Ke kopa ba qale pele ba lalekise boohle ba ithuhisitseng ka litaemane le maruo a Lesotho. I urge the media to pressurise the new government to investigate all those who enriched themselves with our wealth. La chaba latsatsi!!!

    • yeboyes says:

      @lefefooane-MOLULA QHOOA U BO SO BA THUSA KA LIPATLISISO HAHOLO HOBANE U SHEBAHALA U NA LE BO ‘NETE BA HORE MANG U JELE ENG KAE-KHALE RE BATLA HO TSEBA EKARE U TLA BA MOTHO OA BOHLOKOA BOY-JUST HOPE CHELETE EA MA-CHINA E SE HLAHE HO JOSHUA KAHA RE SA LEBELLETSE HO KENA KANANA-GOOD LUCK & HOPE YOU WILL ASSIST THEM TO DO FANTASTIC JOB-ETSOE RE TATILE.

  30. Tanki says:

    La chaba!!!

  31. Le-ABC LCD BNP says:

    @Semenekane
    Matona a mabeli ofising e kalo teng ke ts’enyo ea chelete kahoo ke corruption. Corruption e benya haholo ha e etsoa ke lona na matoala? Makala a ekelitsoeng ke job creation for corrupt matoala a batlang hoba matona kaofela. Le li-embassy ke kholoa li tlilo eketsoa hobane matoala a khathatsa ntate koana lapeng la hae hore ba tlamme lithoto ba batla ho isoa li-embassying ba eo leqetsa. Ehlile ke setlamo-leqetsa hobane matoala a batla ho etsetsoa li-favour tse corrupt. Boholo ba matona a behiloeng kea tsoang lipartying tse qhetsohileng, ba ts’etse baba ba ts’elolla. Ba ntse ba tlilo re luba ka ho leqetsa le bona!!!

    Hore hothoe u molleloa, u tlameha ho sebetsa re bone, ha u reoe molleloa felafela tjena. E tlaba setlamo-molleloa hare se re bone ts’ebetso ea sona. Hajoale ke setlamo-leqetsa, etsoe le bo-mahaltere ba ntse ba le bangata haholo matoneng mona!!!

  32. LEO-TY says:

    @Pontoki
    Who holds power in the coalition . I think every body has a party manifesto and it is time to put that manifesto into practice .As voters,we will wait and see which party/manifesto scored much better . This is a race among different parties that will deffinately unearth different talents of leadership . When the election come ,even those voters who do not know politics will be able to make informed decisions . We will no longer go back to Mosisili”s era where things were done differenty and no accoutability applied .

  33. dc says:

    hee nna ke thabile ruri! tym 4 change….lla ha eba u batla ho lla! sena ke seo ke se batlang! viva!

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