MASERU — King Letsie III yesterday appointed 11 new senators who are set to be sworn-in tomorrow.
At least six of the new appointees are expected to be sworn-in as ministers and deputy ministers on Monday at the Royal Palace Banquet Hall.
The six include the Basotho National Party (BNP) deputy leader Joang Molapo.
Also appointed to senate is Dr Pinki Manamolela, an All Basotho Convention stalwart who runs a private clinic in Mohale’s Hoek.
The Lesotho Congress for Democracy deputy chairman and former foreign affairs minister, Mohlabi Tsekoa, has also been appointed senator.
The other appointees are the ABC’s Futho Hoohlo who pulled away from contesting for the Maseru Central constituency to pave way for lawyer Haae Phoofolo, ’Malebitso Ralebitso, the BNP’s Dr ’Maseoehla Ntlama, who is a lecturer at the National University of Lesotho, and Maputi Ramoholi.
The King has also appointed Chieftainess ‘Makholu ‘Mualle Moshoeshoe, Ward Chief of Likueneng, Chief Qajela Lebona, Chief of Thaba-Tšoeu, Chieftainess ‘Mantoetse Lesaoana Peete, former Senator and Chief Sempe Lejaha who is a former President of the Senate.
The Senate is made up of 33 members, 22 of whom are principal chiefs while 11 are appointed by the King based on their skills and knowledge.
The Senate’s objective is to strengthen good governance and the principles of democracy by ensuring that laws that are passed contribute towards developing and improving livelihoods of Basotho.
The Senate also scrutinises Bills coming from the National Assembly before they can be passed into law.
There has been speculation that Molapo is likely to be appointed home affairs minister to replace former deputy prime minister Lesao Lehohla.
Manamolela is being tipped to head the health ministry replacing Dr Mphu Ramatlapeng who held the post in the previous government.
Tsekoa is being tipped to return to the foreign affairs ministry.