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Lesotho Congress for Democracy SG has resigned
1 February 2017, 8:56 PM

The Secretary General of Lesotho Deputy Prime Minister Mothetjoa Metsing’s Lesotho Congress for Democracy (LCD) has resigned and formed a new party, Movement for Economic Change. This move means the coalition government has lost at least one more seat in Parliament.

However Selibe Mochoboroane says he will not resign as Minister of Small Business but if he is fired, he will move to the cross benches in Parliament.

Months of speculation that Mochoboroane is leaving LCD have finally materialised. “There are people who were uncomfortable with the reception that I received from the masses,” says Mochoboroane.

He says LCD elders tried in vain to mediate. In a space of a month three new parties have broken away from three major parties. The conundrum in this one is that Mochochoroane is a cabinet minister, so if he is removed the question is does he stay in the coalition or does he leave.

I am still the minister and still willing to serve his majesty’s government

The Coalition Agreement sets out a ratio of Cabinet posts based on the number of seats each party has in Parliament. The next few days will determine whether LCD wants Mochoboroane out of that coalition.

“I am still the minister and still willing to serve his majesty’s government, it is just that I have separated with LCD and I have put the new party that I am leading but if the prime minister and his deputy so wish I quit this position that I am holding now I’ll move in Parliament. I will have to write to the speaker of Parliament and indicate that I am moving to the cross bench,” says Mochoboroane.

However if he stays on as Minister, it means the coalition government now has 8 parties and the agreement will be have to be re-drawn.

If he goes, it means the coalition government has one seat less in the national assembly, after the Prime Minister’s party also split.
MEC says it will not support the looming vote of no confidence in the Prime Minister, but it may withhold its vote for the budget, which if the opposition gets its way, may collapse the government. Click below for more on the story:

– By Nthakoana Ngatane

China hands over state of the art school to Lesotho Govt
19 January 2017, 9:06 PM

China has handed over a state-of-the-art high school that it built in the Kingdom of Lesotho.

The school is the first of its kind in the country. It has computer and science laboratories, and high end sporting facilities.

It will accommodate 560 pupils.

The country’s Prime Minister Pakalitha Mosilili is impressed.

“We’ve witnessed the People’s Republic of China making concerted efforts to support Africa’s development agenda by mobilising the necessary resources for the implementation of various development programmes in Africa. In the specific case of Lesotho, the project we are receiving today attests to our conviction that investment in education is the best strategy to realise meaningful development of our country and her people.”

In a world that has become a global village, it is imperative that learners leave high school with information technology skills and this looks like the way to do it.

“The French writer Hugo once said building a school is equal to demolishing a prison. Schools are where young people equip themselves with knowledge, values. We have seen that Lesotho has the highest budget allocation for education and it’s important to this country,” China ambassador to Lesotho, Sun Xiangua said.

Sadly, three computers have already been stolen .

The Education Minister is appealing to the community to safeguard the school.

Many pupils in Lesotho only get to do science experiments at university, as many high schools don’t have science laboratories, but now things are different.

In the past, China has donated the country’s parliament, a State Library and a Convention Centre and the Prime Minister’s Residence among other facilities.

– By Nthakoana Ngatane

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