Commonwealth Secretary General attends inauguration of new Prime Minister of Lesotho

The Commonwealth Secretary General, The Right Honorable Patricia Scotland KC congratulated HE Samuel Matekane and the Basotho people as she attended the investiture ceremony of the new Prime Minister in Maseru, Lesotho.

Thousands of Basotho attended the inauguration ceremony at Setsoto Stadium in Maseru to see Matekane sworn in as 7e Prime Minister of the Mountain Kingdom. They were joined by His Majesty King Letsie III and regional leaders including the presidents of South Africa, Namibia, Zambia and Botswana, as well as heads of international organisations.

The inauguration follows general elections on 7 October which saw Matekane’s Revolution for Prosperity (RFP) party win the polls but failed to achieve an overall majority, leading to the formation of a government of coalition with two other political parties – the Alliance for Democrats and the Movement for Economic Change. The The Commonwealth Observer Group declared the elections calm and peaceful.

In his inaugural speech, Prime Minister Matekane said:

“For several days, I criss-crossed the country asking you to elect my party to government. Today I come to you with a deep sense of gratitude and humility to accept the baton as 7e Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Lesotho.

“I promise that I will spearhead the process to write down our country’s historic role and make Lesotho great again.”

The new Prime Minister has set out six strategic objectives that his government will pursue, including:

  • Foster inclusive and sustainable economic growth and job creation in the private sector
  • Strengthen human capital
  • Build an enabling infrastructure
  • Strengthening national governance and accountability for better service delivery
  • Strengthen climate risk management, resilience and adaptation
  • Strengthening public finance management

“Our ability to achieve these six strategic goals will likely depend on the actions my government takes in the first 100 days of this term,” Prime Minister Matekane said.

Speaking after the inauguration, the Commonwealth Secretary General said:

“I am truly honored and privileged to be here today with the Basotho and Commonwealth friends to witness the swearing in of Prime Minister Samuel Matekane.

On behalf of the Commonwealth family of nations, I offer my warmest congratulations to the new Prime Minister and to the Basotho people for their commitment to peaceful elections and a smooth transfer of power.

Lesotho and the Commonwealth share a long-standing commitment to friendship, peace and the values ​​embodied in the Commonwealth Charter. It is in this spirit that I look forward to continuing to work with the people and government of Lesotho to advance our common goal of a prosperous and stable democracy for generations to come.

The Secretary General is currently in a week-long visit to Lesotho and South Africa which will see her hold meetings with the leaders of both countries and key stakeholders to discuss issues of mutual interest and address bilateral and global issues affecting the Commonwealth.

In Lesotho, the Secretary-General held an audience with His Majesty King Letsie III and later with Prime Minister Matekane to discuss the Commonwealth Secretariat’s continued support to the country.

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