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His Majesty King Letsie III led the nation in a historic ceremony to commemorate life of the founder of Basotho nation at Thaba-Bosiu fortress in the Maseru district on Sunday.

His Majesty the King followed by the Prime Minister, Dr Motsoahae Thomas Thabane together with Chief Tumane Thaabe Matela of Makhoakhoa, , Chief Moletsane II of Bataung and chief Ntjaqetho Sekonyela of Batlokoa also paid respect by laying wreaths at King Moshoeshoe I's grave.

After the laying of wreaths, the Christian Council of Lesotho (CCL) conducted a short ecumenical service which called on the public to strive for peace in the country.

Other activities organised to mark Moshoeshoe's day included traditional songs and dances which were performed by students and community groups.

The annual March 11 commemoration marks the death of the Basotho Nation's founder in 1870. He was in 1786 born in Menkhoaneng as the first son of Mokhachane and was named Lepoqo and subsequently initiated in 1804 under the name Letlama. King Moshoeshoe I fought several battles with tribes such as the Zulus and Ngunis and in 1824 he led his people in migrating to Thaba-Bosiu, the mountain known as his fortress.

In 1829 Moshoeshoe's people called themselves Basotho and their domain Lesotho.

It also gives Basotho the opportunity to reflect on their culture and roots as well as to encourage the public to maintain the kind of peace that the founder of Basotho nation used to call his sister.

The ceremony was also graced by the presence of the Deputy Prime Minister, Cabinet Ministers, the Principal Chief of Thaba-Bosiu, Members of Parliament, Heads of diplomatic missions in Lesotho, senior government officials, church leaders and the general public.

Similar activities led by Cabinet Ministers were also held in other districts of the country.


Source: LENA 11/03/2018



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