King Letsie III pays debt of gratitude • Hails President Mugabe’s leadership • Thanks Zim for solving instability in Lesotho

President Mugabe welcomes King Letsie III  of Lesotho at Harare International Airport. The king is in Zimbabwe on a four-day State visit

President Mugabe welcomes King Letsie III of Lesotho at Harare International Airport. The king is in Zimbabwe on a four-day State visit

Fidelis Munyoro Chief Court Reporter
King Letsie III of the Kingdom of Lesotho has hailed President Mugabe’s wise guidance and astute leadership that brought normalcy to his country when it was facing political instability that spanned over three decades.

King Letsie III was speaking during a banquet hosted in his honour by President Mugabe at State House last night.

He is here on a four-day State visit.

King Letsie III said he had come to Zimbabwe to thank President Mugabe for the role he played for Lesotho to enjoy peace and tranquillity.

“I came here to Zimbabwe to deliver just one message to you Your Excellency and the people of Zimbabwe and that message I deliver it on behalf of Basuthu and on behalf of my family, is one of gratitude,” said King Letsie III.

He said he had been facing many political challenges in the last four decades and he first assumed office in 1990 under very abnormal and unpleasant circumstances.

He said the situation, which prevailed up to mid-90s, created a lot of tension and instability in the mountainous country and even threatened to bring permanent instability to the institutions of the Monarchy.

“Your guidance and leadership in bringing back normalcy, stability and legitimacy to the monarchy and other institutions will never be forgotten by our people,” said King Letsie III.

“Even since such time as Lesotho and Basuthu, we have struggled to solidify and strengthen our democracy. You and other leaders in the region have continued to provide guidance and support either directly or through our regional body, Sadc.

“For all this as Basuthu, we can only say thank you. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts. We must also thank the people of Zimbabwe who have enabled you to play a pivotal role in our country’s political development.”

Earlier on at the banquet, President Mugabe said Zimbabwe remained committed to working with Lesotho and other Sadc member States in promoting peace and security in the region.

“We are also committed to working towards enhancing regional integration, continental unity, as well as in advancing our common causes on the international platform,” said President Mugabe.

“In the world wrecked by poverty, hunger and disease, and infected by wars, some of which are instigated by the greed of the powerful, Africa’s voice of conscience must be heard.”

President Mugabe said he was aware that in less than a month Lesotho would be holding elections to choose parliamentarians and expressed confidence that the polls would be conduct within the precincts of peace and harmony.

“We are confident that, as they have done in the past, they will exercise their democratic right in a peaceful manner,” he said. “In this, Zimbabwe, together with the rest of Sadc family, will support and cheer you.”

Zimbabwe and Lesotho share common views on several other international, continental and regional issues and the two countries’ relations date back from the days of their struggle for independence.

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  • Cde Mzvinavhu(Prof)

    Don`t mislead yourself. Our dear leader is in office because of the majority of Zimbabweans who voted for him. They have the right to decide and elect our country President again in 2018. Given your morbid hatred our dear leader, why not prepare yourself to fight the election in 2018,like Dr Nkosana Moyo has declared. Its not your stupid barking on the social media that decides who leads this country. Period!

    • Zvobgo

      You are shame to your family. How can you be so blind? Apa uri kusvuzvura nayo

  • Cde Mzvinavhu(Prof)

    Moe is stupid because he is fixated on attacking our dear leader. Why does he not worry about a major factor on our economic problems , i.e. sanctions. Our situation has not been that bad during all the 37 years of our black government . We had years of plenty and relative comfort before this nadir. If all the 37 years were that bad, how did we manage to educate the Bitis and Mutambaras then? Those who talk of 37 years are Rhodesian nostalgic like you,who foolishly lament black rule in this country. Why not count years from when we started having serious economic problems,instead of starting in 1980. Moe is a Rhodesia nut! Period!

  • Cde Mzvinavhu(Prof)

    I am not the moderator ,please. Stop your Nyandish nosense!