Thabane reshuffles cabinet

By Billy Ntaote

MASERU — The Lesotho Congress for Democracy (LCD) has reshuffled its ministers in the coalition government.

The reshuffle seems to have been necessitated by the dismissal of Energy, Meteorology and Water Affairs, Minister Timothy Thahane last month.

According to a public notice from the office of the Government Secretary Motlatsi Ramafole, the Prime Minister reassigned Communications Science and Technology Minister Tšeliso Mokhosi to replace Thahane.

Mokhosi had already been acting Energy Minister since the November 5 dismissal of Thahane.

The swearing-in ceremony of the newly appointed ministers will be held at the Royal Palace.

Thahane was fired after the Directorate on Corruption and Economic Offences hauled him before the magistrates court in Maseru, accusing him of corruption, fraud and bribery related to a wool and mohair development project and the block farming scheme.

Selibe Mochoboroane, LCD’s deputy publicity secretary who is the Thabana-Morena MP and Deputy Minister of Local Government, Chieftainships Affairs and Parliamentary Affairs, will today be sworn-in to replace Mokhosi in the communications portfolio.

While Mochoboroane was elevated to a ministerial post, Apesi Ratšele was moved from the position of Deputy Minister of Education and Training to Deputy Minister of Local Government and Chieftainship Affairs headed by Deputy Prime Minister Mothetjoa Metsing.

LCD Secretary General Keketso Rantšo, who was in charge of the Public Works and Transport Ministry, switched portfolios with the Labour and Employment Minister Lebesa Maloi.

Ratšele, who is also the MP for Mechachane, will be replaced by Liteboho Kompi, at the Ministry of Education and Training.

Kompi is an LCD proportional representation MP.

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