SENATORS GIVE NEW FLAG GREEN LIGHT
The Upper House
of Parliament passed the National Flag Bill, 2006 without
any objection during their debate on Wednesday.
This means that the new flag will be hoisted on Tuesday
midnight as Planned, replacing the current one which was
flown under the Military regime in 1986.
Speaking during the debate, the Principal Chief of Matsieng
Chief Masupha Seeiso appealed that the Bill be speeded up in
order to give the Government adequate time to make necessary
arrangements for the New Flag to start flying on Wednesday.
He however, expressed concern over the frequent changing of
the national flags, saying something has to be done to stop
On the other hand, the Principal Chief of Kueneng, Mapoteng
and Bela Bela chieftainess 'Mantoetse Lesaoana Peete said
she liked the colours in the new flag as they are familiar
and can be related to Basotho.
She also stated that the Government had no intention of
changing the flag to suit its interests, as the new flag has
three colours of the opposition Basotho National Party (BNP)
and only two of the ruling Lesotho Congress Democracy (LCD).
The Principal Chief said the Government should make sure
that at midnight on Tuesday, the new flag is flown at all
government offices throughout the country and other places,
adding that at least two flags should be provided so that if
there can be problems with another, the second could fly.
She also expressed concern over the constant changing of the
national flag saying Parliament needs to revisit the
constitution in a bid to stop the next regimes from changing
the national flag.
Another member, Major General Phisoana Ramaema said every
Mosotho understands why in 1986 under the Military rule, the
national flag was changed adding that it was only a divine
intervention and the military had no interests in party
politics hence the Lesotho subsequently went back to
democratic rule in 1993 without any ill feelings.
Other speakers included the Principal Chief of Tajane,
Ponts'eng and Ramoetsane, Chief Tlali Mohale who said the
Government observed all the democratic principles and
procedures in changing the flag including consulting the
public, getting two thirds majority in the National Assembly
and involving the Legislature, Executive and the Judiciary
to change the flag.
He also expressed satisfaction with the colours in the new
flag saying they promote peace, pray for rain and discourage
Basotho from begging for food but to produce their own.
In conclusion, the Minister of Justice, Human Rights and
Rehabilitation, Law and Constitutional Affairs Mr. Refiloe
Masemene thanked the Members of the Upper House for passing
He added that it will be easy to identify the new flag with
Basotho because of the hat on it.
The flag is estimated to cost close to M84 000 to change it.