BASOTHO ACCEPT ACKNOWLEDGEMENT FROM THE
His Majesty King Letsie III has on behalf of
the Basotho nation accepted an acknowledgement in a form of a
warplane called Spitfire.
In his remarks during the handing-over and
unveiling ceremony of the Spitfire held at Makoanyane Square in
Maseru on Thursday, His Majesty described the Spitfire Replica as a
monument that reminds Basotho where they come from with the British.
He said Spitfire was the most powerful and
trusted warplane during the World War, further describing it as a
symbol of strong relations and solidarity between Lesotho and
His Majesty noted that it (Spitfire) symbolizes the sacrifices
Basotho made through their contribution in World War, adding that
the friendship and solidarity between Basotho and the British is
long standing and cannot be destroyed.
He said the event serves to remind Basotho of their ability and
potential when working in cooperation, saying Basotho as a nation
are in a war against poverty, hunger and diseases such as HIV/AIDS
which can only be defeated through cooperation.
He therefore called upon Basotho to love and
respect one another as well as pray that they conquer the challenges
they are faced with.
Also speaking, the Prime Minister, Dr Pakalitha Mosisili said the
day y marks an important history of Basotho,
emphasizing that Basotho a
nation are reminded of the sacrifices they made hence requested His
Majesty to accept the gift from England.
The Chairman of the Spitfire Heritage Trust, Mr. David Spencer Evans
called for discussions and acknowledgement among nations, saying
that Basotho made the greatest contribution of them all hence
acknowledged the soldiers and the civilian population for their
contribution in the War and ensuring that the current generation is
He said Basotho made a generous contribution to the World War that
almost left the country bankrupt, commenting that they celebrate
generosity and kindness that bind the Basotho and the British
together and that the occasion is not only about history.
He therefore called for the use of history for
a better future, saying that the Replica is a tribute to Basotho.
The President of the Senate, also Principal Chief of Matsieng said
Basotho fought shoulder to shoulder with the British adding that
they did not only take part in the Wold War but also the Anglo Boer
War in 1889-1902 by securing 20 thousand horses which were given to
He said it is in telling our stories that individuals know their
culture as it helps one to remember where he/she comes from.
Basotho raised funds that helped secure 24 Spitfires that were used
during the World War II.
The Spitfire is described as a 'British single-seat fighter
aircraft' which was used by the Royal Air Force and other united
countries during the World War II. It is considered a vintage
aircraft and an icon of the Great Britain which symbolises unity of
It is also considered as a symbol of partnership between Lesotho and
Britain. It is said to be the only fighter to be in continuous
production throughout the War and is is exhibited in various
aviation museums Worldwide.
The World War II began from 1939 to 1945 in which Britain was
fighting against Hitler of Germany and some of the African countries
which were under the British protectorate and colony joined in to
help their colonial masters.
Source: LENA 17/11/2016