MASERU — Prime Minister Thomas Thabane celebrated his 74th birthday at a ceremony held at Lehakoe Club on Friday night.
The ceremony, which was organised by his All Basotho Convention (ABC) Women’s League, was attended by cabinet ministers, principal secretaries and guests from South Africa. Speaking at the event Thabane said he was grateful to the Women’s League for organising the function for him.
He said his government is determined to improve service delivery to Basotho. Thabane also urged cabinet ministers to put the interests of the people first during their five-year term. The ABC Women’s League chairperson, ’Mathato Phafoli, said they are grateful to God for giving them such a wonderful leader adding God should bless the premier with many more years ahead.
South Africa’s Minister of Cooperative Governance, Traditional Affairs and Human Settlement, Olly Mlamleli, congratulated Thabane for turning 74 and being the Prime Minister of Lesotho. She said Thabane should know that he is also loved in South Africa, hence their presence at his birthday party.
She wished the Prime Minister special blessings from God and encouraged him to lead Basotho well.
She said Thabane should always bear in mind that the public is expecting a lot from him and that they have elected him with the hope that their needs will be addressed. Mlamleli urged Basotho to re-elect the premier again in the next election in 2017.
As part of the celebrations, the ABC Women’s League presented gifts to the Prime Minister while MP for Teya-teyaneng constituency Maliehe Maliehe pledged the sum of M25 000 to the PM as a birthday gift. Thabane was born on May 28, 1939 at Makhoakhoeng, Ha Abia in Maseru.