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What has he done in 100 days?

Prime Minister Tom Thabane hands over reigns of power to Dr Moeketsi Majoro

Sept. 1, 2020 2 min read

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PRIME Minister Moeketsi Majoro, head of Lesotho’s 10-party coalition (now nine after recently withdrawn) acknowledges that his administration took over reigns during trying times when the kingdom is under the scourge of Covid-19 but managed to manoeuvre to deliver services to the people.= 60 percent subsidy on fertilizers and seed.

1. 49 000 children on child grants.
2. M410 million in Partial Risk Guarantee Fund for businesses.
3. Food parcels to 100 households in every council affected by Covid-19.
4. Lesotho’s own COVID-19 test station.

Dr. Majoro, whose coalition took over as transitional government towards national elections in 2022 following the resignation of Prime Minister Tom Thabane on May 20 stated during his public feedback after 100 days in office on August 31 in Maseru that he hopes a coalition led by Thabane’s All Basotho Convention (ABC) with Democratic Congress (DC) led by Mathibeli Mokhothu as the second biggest partner would be permitted to rule until 2022.

He reported that since he took over office Lesotho now has own COVID-19 test station where test results can now be obtained within 24 hours, unlike in the past where swabs had to be taken to South Africa, National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) for testing and would take about a month before they returned.

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Dr Majoro stated that the government is currently offering child grants to 49,000, 11,000 more from 38,000 children that benefited in the previous government, adding that they had also donated food parcels to 100 households in every council countrywide in the months of June and August.

He further revealed that the government has since subsidised fertilisers and seeds at 60 percent and therefore encouraged Basotho to put more efforts on agriculture for food production.

Dr Majoro indicated that amongst others, the government formulated a Ministerial Sub Committees or task forces working on issues of health, Investment Promotion Committee which works on all issues pertaining to business, and there is also Social Development Committee focusing on issues of welfare and education.

“The government has put aside M410 million in a Partial Risk Guarantee Fund intended to help businesses negatively affected by Covid-19 pandemic,” he said.

For the next 100 days in office, Dr Majoro vowed: “We are going to launch an application in September which is going to help every individual access information regarding COVID. As part of efforts to root out corruption, amongst others, within the public service, all civil servants, Members of Parliament, Cabinet Ministers as well as Prime Minister and his Deputy are going to sign assert declaration forms.”

Partners in the current coalition also include: Basotho National Party (BNP), Reformed Congress for Lesotho (RCL), Movement for Economic Change (MEC), Popular Front for Democracy (PFD), National Independent Party (NIP), Basotho Congress Party (BCP), and Marematlou Freedom Party (MFP).

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