MASERU — The editor of the Lesotho Times, Abel Chapatarongo, has resigned.
He will be leaving at the end of the month.
Chapatarongo, 43, who is the founding editor of arguably Lesotho’s biggest weekly newspaper, had been at the helm of the paper since it began publishing in April 2008.
He said he was proud to leave the paper in “good health” after establishing it as the market leader in Lesotho.
“It was indeed an honour and an enormous privilege to have been given the chance to steer the ship over the past five years. But now I feel it’s time for a change of direction,” he said.
He said he hoped the newspaper will continue to play a key role in the entrenchment of a strong, democratic society.
Chapatarongo said he will cherish the exciting times he enjoyed while editing the paper as it provided a platform for vibrant debate in Lesotho on topical issues.
He thanked the editorial team which he said had worked hard over the years to establish the Lesotho Times as the newspaper of choice in the Kingdom.
He said their support over the past five years had been truly humbling.
Chapatarongo singled out his deputy, Shakeman Mugari, and the production team led by Mordekai Musundire and Tsepiso Mncina for special mention.
He said they had contributed to the success of the newspaper over the years.
Without them and the rest of the team, the Lesotho Times could not have enjoyed the phenomenal success that it did, he said.