By Billy Ntaote
MASERU — The Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on the Social Cluster last week commended the Ministry of Gender’s progress report submitted to the committee last week.
The Ministry initially came under fire for submitting the report late with committee members threatening to arrest the ministry’s leadership.
In the end the committee praised the ministry for submitting a good report which evidently showed a lot of developmental projects were being implemented despite the late submission.
Rothe constituency Member of Parliament Manthabiseng Phohleli said the committee would now be able to assist the ministry easily since it now had clear knowledge of what the ministry was working on.
The Basotho National Party legislator Tšepo Monethi said amongst the projects that the ministry had hosted before, it deserved credit for hosting the Council of Southern Africa Football Association under-20 tournaments (Cosafa).
“you do not give yourselves enough credit for having hosted the Cosafa here in Lesotho,” said Monetho.
“The last time these games were hosted here was in 1980.
“To me it feels that there is something that should be done as a follow-up after those games as you did a very good job.”
Monethi also advised the ministry to utilise its memorandum of understanding with South Africa that affords sporting codes a chance to camp at a high performance centre in Bloemfontein.
Citing the construction of the Rapokolana High Altitude Sports Centre, among other projects, Sports Minister
Thesele ‘Maseribane said his ministry was doing a lot to improve sports in the country.
He added that it was necessary for the Leribe Sports complex to include a 2 000-bed facility in its design.
“We need to have this complex as we are contemplating circulating the hosting of the regional games and there is need for all coun
tries to grow. And if we do not build these facilities we would miss out.
Maseribane said the plan was to have the private sector run the Leribe Sports Complex when it is completed but the facility would not necessarily compete with the hotel industry in Leribe since its use would be restricted to the hosting of games.