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Govt appoints ambassadors


Mohalenyane Phakela

THE government has appointed 13 new ambassadors, high commissioners and other officials to serve in different embassies as it moves to further consolidate its position after replacing the Pakalitha Mosisili-led government in June this year.

A savingram written by Government Secretary, Moahloli Mphaka, to the principal secretaries of Public Service and Foreign Affairs on 9 October 2017, listed the appointees and asked the principal secretaries to process the appointments in the diplomatic foreign missions.

“Please process the following appointments and contracts to the foreign diplomatic missions of the Kingdom of Lesotho with immediate effect,” Mr Mphaka wrote.

The high commissioners are Ralechate Mokose (South Africa), Bothata Tsikoane (India), while Retšelisitsoe Masenyetse and Refiloe Litjobo have been appointed ambassadors to Germany and Ireland respectively.

Mabohlokoa Kompi, Nthatisi Motšetše and Mofochane Lene have been appointed third secretaries to Kuwait, India and Germany respectively while Moliehi Makatse becomes the minister counsellor in Switzerland.

Bonner Seakhoa is the consul general in Johannesburg, ‘Malika Molapo-Mphofe, the counsellor in Pretoria, Justice Matsipa, the assistant consul attaché in Klerksdorp and Molefi Matsoso, the driver in Johannesburg (all South Africa).

Motsamai Talla is the new counsellor in China.

Mr Mphaka yesterday confirmed the appointments in an interview with the Sunday Express.

“I wrote the savingram to the principal secretaries of Foreign Affairs and Public Service so that they can process the working conditions of the appointed people with their colleagues in those countries in which they will be deployed,” Mr Mphaka said, adding the appointees were given three year contracts.

“It is too early to say when they will start work as everything will depend on how quickly their agreements to serve in those countries are finalised.

“No one was fired to create posts for these people, but the posts that they will be occupying have been vacant for a while now.

“The government considers merit when appointing people so these people have been chosen on the basis of competency.

“I cannot say whether or not they will be the only people to be appointed as Lesotho has many embassies in different countries so it will be at government’s discretion to renew the contracts of those already occupying posts or to appoint new people,” he said.

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