MASERU –— Three new ministers and seven assistant ministers were sworn in at the Royal Palace on Monday.
The ministers took an oath of loyalty before King Letsie III.
The three ministers were appointed to the Senate by the King while the seven deputies were picked from the two houses of parliament, the Senate and the National Assembly.
Senator Chief Joang Molapo, the Basotho National Party (BNP) deputy leader, was appointed the new Home Affairs Minister replacing former deputy prime minister Lesao Lehohla.
Lehohla lost the Mafeteng constituency to the All Basotho Convention’s Temeki Tšolo.
Tšolo is now the Minister of Trade in the coalition government made up of the ABC, the BNP and the Lesotho Congress for Democracy (LCD).
The coalition government is led by Thomas Thabane who has promised sweeping changes to tackle rampant corruption, joblessness and poverty.
Pinki Manamolela, a top medical practitioner who is a member of the ABC’s women’s league national executive, was appointed the new Minister of Health.
Manamolela replaced the Democratic Congress (DC)’s Dr Mphu Ramatlapeng.
Ramatlapeng lost the Peka constituency to the ABC’s Tlali Khasu who is now the Minister of Mines.
Mohlabi Tsekoa, the LCD’s deputy chairperson, was appointed Foreign Affairs Minister.
Tsekoa, who was the foreign affairs minister in the previous government led by Pakalitha Mosisili, was appointed to the Senate after he failed to win the Senqu constituency under the LCD banner in the May 26 election.
LCD youth league leader, Selibe Mochoboroane, was appointed Assistant Minister of Local Government and Chieftainship.
He deputises his boss in the LCD Mothetjoa Metsing.
Mochoboroane is the new MP for Thabana-Morena.
Dr Lucia Makoae, a BNP member, is the new AssistantMinister of health.
Dr Makoae is a former National University of Lesotho lecturer.
Another Senator, ’Malebitso Ralebitso, was appointed the Assistant Minister of Home Affairs.
Former trade unionist, S’khulumi Ntsoaole, who won the Mabote constituency under the ABC banner, is the new Assistant Minister of Trade.
Ntsoaole replaced the LCD’s Khotso Matla who is now the Minister of Forestry and Land Reclamation.
’Matšepo Ramakoae is the new Deputy Minister of Finance.
Mahala Molapo, an ABC member, is the new Deputy Minister of Agriculture while Apesi Ratšele was appointed the new education Assistant Minister.
The appointments bring the cabinet under the coalition government to 30 members. The previous government led by Mosisili had a total of 22 ministers and four assistant ministers.