Monitor boss dies

MASERU –– The editor-in-chief of the Monitor newspaper, Dr Rakoro Phororo, has died.

Phororo died last Thursday during a private visit to London, England. He was 75.

“He and his wife, ’Malisemelo Phororo were visiting their children in London. The cause of death is not yet known,” said a family spokesman Mpeake Phororo.

He said family members were shocked when they received news that Dr Phororo was dead.

Phororo, who was diabetic, was a former minister of agriculture and food security.

 “We cannot associate the cause of his death to his diabetic status. Post-mortem tests are still to be made.

“His death shocked us all. We never thought he would die so soon. He was so fit and active. He used to do body work outs,” Phororo said.

He said burial arrangements will be announced soon.

The managing editor of the Monitor newspaper, Kekeletso Motopi ’Matli, said Phororo’s death was a great loss to the newspaper’s editorial team.

“He was a mentor and a father to us. His death is a great loss to us,” ’Matli told the Lesotho Times.

Phororo was editor-in-chief and co-founder of the Monitor newspaper.

He served as minister of agriculture from 1979 to 1990.

He became a member of the Lesotho Senate in 2002.

From 1991 to 2002, Phororo worked as a private veterinary consultant.

After the 2003 cabinet re-shuffle, Phororo was once again appointed minister of agriculture until the end of his term in 2007.

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