Samuel Ntsokoane Matekane inaugurated as Lesotho Prime Minister

FILE: Lesotho Revolution for Prosperity party (RFP) leader Sam Matekane announces an alliance with the Alliance of Democrats (AD) and the Movement for Economic Change (MEC) in Maseru on October 11, 2022.

 

FILE: Lesotho Revolution for Prosperity party (RFP) leader Sam Matekane announces an alliance with the Alliance of Democrats (AD) and the Movement for Economic Change (MEC) in Maseru on October 11, 2022.

Samuel Ntsokoane Matekane has been inaugurated as the new Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Lesotho.

Matekane took the oath of office at a fully-packed Setsotso Stadium in Maseru, in the presence of various leaders.

The 64-year-old political novice vowed to scale back on government spending as well as publish a lifestyle audit of himself and his incoming cabinet members.

In his maiden speech, he said his stepping into office “represents a social contract in which I promise to make Lesotho great again”.

Matekane said the new government will pursue six key strategic goals, which includes enhancing inclusive and sustainable economic growth and private sector job creation, strengthening the human capital, building an enabling infrastructure, strengthening national government and accountability system for improved service delivery, strengthening climate risk management resilience and adaptation, and strengthening public financial management.

The Revolution for Prosperity (RFP) leader becomes Lesotho’s tenth prime minister after his party won 56 legislative seats out of 120 after the October 7 polls – just six months after its inception.

Lesotho is a constitutional monarchy with the king as Head of State.

The Prime Minister is tasked with, among other things, policy formulation and implementation of cabinet agenda.

The new Prime Minister comes from a business background and is reported to have accrued massive wealth from various sectors.

He owns Matekane Group of Companies, with business interests in aviation, construction and mining. Matekane also owns Lesotho’s only private owned airline Maluti Sky that started operating in 2017, according to AFP.

Some of the leaders who were in attendance include South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, Zambian President Hakainde Hichilema, Namibian President Hage Geingob, Botswana President Mokgweetsi  Masisi and other leaders from Africa and beyond.

(with inputs from AFP and Xinhua)