MASERU — Prime Minister Thomas Thabane yesterday urged cabinet ministers, principal secretaries and statutory position holders not to betray the wishes of the electorate who put them into power in May.
Thabane made the remarks while officially opening a three-day meeting to introduce government ministers to the workings and culture of the civil service in Teyateyaneng yesterday.
The premier said his government is determined and committed to demonstrating that “the nation was right in its choice of us and that the nation’s trust was not misplaced”.
“I do not think, even for a single moment, that we shall make the nation regret its choice,” Thabane said.
“The Basotho nation has put its trust in us.”
Thabane said the coalition government made up of the All Basotho Convention, Lesotho Congress for Democracy and the Basotho National Party is faced with massive challenges of escalating rates of HIV and Aids infections, extreme poverty, high unemployment rates, corruption, theft and crime.
“We need to confront all these and other challenges without hesitation,” he said.
“The Basotho populace awaits good news qualified by a decrease in HIV and Aids infection, reduced levels of joblessness and income inequality, increased food security as well as improved and world standard quality health care, education and
The ministers’ induction course seeks to equip ministers to discharge their duties in line with the requirements of the government and to carry out their roles and responsibilities in line with their ministerial mandate.
Government Secretary Motlatsi Ramafole presented a session on the role of ministers as members of Cabinet, MPs, heads of ministries and overseers of policy implementation.
Ramafole’s presentation also touched on the relationship between prime minister, ministers and government secretary and other officials from a minister down to the lowest ranking employee in a ministry.
He also spoke about how ministers can prepare working documents such as memorandums and information papers.
National Security Service Director General, Tšokolo Koro, spoke about the protection of government assets and documents.
Tomorrow the Lesotho Defence Force commander Lieutenant General Tlali Kamoli is expected to address the ministers on issues surrounding VIP protection.
The Lesotho Institute of Public Administration and Management director, Dr John Dzimba, is expected to speak on the subject of ethics and professional conduct in the public service.
Thabane said there will be another course in mid-October which will focus on issues of governance.