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The Minister of Home Affairs, Mr. Tsukutlane Au has appealed to public servants from district departments of Livestock Registration, Marking and Information Services (LRMIS) and of National Identity and Civil Registration (NICR) to be dedicated and respectful in their work.

Speaking at a public gathering held at Ha Sebapala in Seforong which aimed at creating public awareness about the importance of LRMIS and NICR services, Mr. Au said it is the responsibility of the government to ensure that services are brought closer to the community and delivered effectively. 

He noted that LRMIS will play a vital role in a fight against stock theft, highlighting that LRMIS service include registration of livestock, tattooing and branding and issuing of livestock Identification Card to farmers. 

He added that issuing NICR Identification Card to many Basotho will open various opportunities both local and international for Basotho as they will easily be identified in other countries that have development partnership with Lesotho.

Also speaking was the Acting Principal Chief of Quthing, Chief Sempe Nkuebe who expressed gratitude for the minister’s visit to the area, saying there are law offenders that have already started to brand livestock with hot ions to imitate the introduced LRMIS livestock marking.

Meanwhile, the Chairperson of Mphaki Community Council, Mr Machabe Machabe expressed concern over the department of NICR failure to open an office in Mphaki where the council has promised to provide office space with the aim to meet community from the area that is faced with a challenge of high transport costs of more than M100, 00 to get NICR services in Moyeni, Quthing town.

Present at the gathering which was the first public gathering of its kind to be held in the district were the Deputy Minister of Home Affairs, Mr. Machesetsa Mofomobe, Senior government officers, public servants, chiefs, community Councillors, general public and school children. 

The new livestock tattooing and branding shows the district of the livestock, the area, Principal Chief and its owner. In this marking farmers will not share marks like it has been the case. LRMIS would make it easier to track stolen and lost animals.


Source: LENA 02/11/2017



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