HIS MAJESTY URGES BASOTHO TO DO THINGS DIFFERENTLY IN THE COMING
The 2016 has been a significant year for Lesotho as the nation
celebrated the golden Jubillee since the country gained independence
from the British protectorate.
During the celebration which was marked by numerous performances and
activities, His Majesty said the religious leaders reminded Basotho of
the importance of jubilee, saying it is a time for introspection,
reflection on achievements and challenges as well as for building strong
relationships that will help the nation to do things differently.
His Majesty said this in his message for the new year, saying the
highlights of the golden jubilee celebration included the lighting of
the independence torch which rotated in all the10 districts of the
country to convey the message of peace to the entire Basotho nation.
He therefore urged Basotho as they are about to enter into the next
journey of 50 years to do things differently thus by maintaining peace
and love that, Moshoeshoe I, founder of the nation left as his legacy.
He urged them to continue with introspection even in the coming year.
He said Basotho should also remember the slogan that unites them which
says ''All in diversity'', adding that they should be united to move the
country forward in various areas of development.
He said besides the historic celebration, the 2016 still saw divisions
in party politics and that, he said has affected the oneness of the
nation while at the same time shaken the government and foreign
On that note, His Majesty appealed to political leaders to put the
interests of Basotho as priority while he urged the nation to request
God for guidance in all they plan to do for the development of the
He further stated that this year saw the launch of the reforms process
on key issues such as the Constitution, saying that is an achievement in
strengthening democracy in the country.
He however appealed to all to take part in the reforms so that the
process can be of benefit and importance to all sectors of the
On global issues particularly climate change, His Majesty advised the
nation to do all it can to reduce its impact by embarking on projects
that can help in adaptation and improved livelihoods.
He urged Researchers to identify seeds that can produce enough food for
increased and improved nutrition purposes in the country.
He said in 2014 he was appointed as the African Union Nutrition Champion
and that selection was renewed this year until 2020.
He further announced that he has also been appointed as the Special
Ambassador on Nutrition for Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO).
''This selection is an honour to all Basotho and they should feel proud
about it',' he stated.
His Majesty said issues of agriculture and nutrition are the
responsibility of all to embark on to achieve household food security
and nutrition, urging the nation to engage in soil conservation
activities with a view to prevent soil erosion from further taking
Talking about HIV and AIDS, he said there is need for continued efforts
by all to curb the pandemic noting that the latest research shows that
Lesotho is still the second with the highest HIV prevalence worldwide.
In conclusion, His Majesty wished all Basotho a prosperous 2017 and
urged them to pray and celebrate with responsibility.
Source: LENA 31/12/2016