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Permanent secretaries reshuffled

Bongiwe Zihlangu

MASERU – Three permanent secretaries have been reassigned to different ministries in a mini government reshuffle.

The three ministries that have been affected by the changes are those of communications, sports and tourism.

T?eliso ’Mokela who was the permanent secretary in the Ministry of Communications has been moved to the Ministry of Sports and Gender.

Makalo Theko, who was the permanent secretary in the Ministry of Sports and Gender, now takes over at the tourism ministry.

’Mamoruti Malie, who was at the Ministry of Tourism, has now moved to the Ministry of Communications.

The changes are with effect from tomorrow.

Theko had been with the sports ministry for over a decade while Malie joined the tourism ministry in 2007.

She was formerly with the Ministry of Agriculture.

’Mokela had been the communications ministry senior administrator for a decade, having at one point worked under the All Basotho Convention (ABC) party leader Thomas Thabane when he was still communications minister. 

The shake-up comes barely six months after a major cabinet reshuffle in October last year which saw four ministers and an assistant minister being fired by Prime Minister Pakalitha Mosisili. 

When contacted for comment yesterday, ’Mokela, who has been with the communications ministry for a decade, confirmed being “assigned to the sports ministry”.

“I am looking forward to my new assignment. My whole life I’ve worked around the communications sector. A good 20 years of my career to be precise,” ’Mokela said.

“But it is not going to be a challenge especially because it is not a technical ministry.”

’Mokela said “we don’t intend making any major changes”.

“I am impressed with the Ministry of Sports and Gender for making strides in terms of the empowerment of women in Lesotho,” ‘Mokela said.

He however acknowledged the fact that “we’re doing poorly in sports”.

“I must confess it is going to be somewhat of a challenge to turn the fortunes of our sports sector.

“We will simply utilise the existing structures and develop them further where necessary,” ’Mokela said.

According to ’Mokela, Lesotho had potential to do well and develop in sports.

“There won’t be any major shake-ups. I will just take it from where Ntate Theko (Makalo Theko) left off and make the best out of it,” he said.

Although Malie and Theko confirmed being reassigned to the communications and tourism ministries respectively, they declined to comment further saying they had not sought permission from government secretary Tlohang Sekhamane “to speak to media”.

Attempts to get hold of Sekhamane yesterday proved futile as his mobile phone went unanswered.

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