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Spotlight Lesotho different political persuasions to the table of negotiations in order to be able to form a government. We cannot, therefore, boldly say Basotho returned the Party I lead to power, rather we need to be humbled by the trust the other six coalition partners reposed in the Democratic Congress (DC) to allow us to lead the current Coalition Government. The Democratic Congress leads a broad political coalition in Lesotho. What do you see as the main challenges, and advantages of coalition politics? The biggest challenge is managing diverse political beliefs in a populace whose politics have been marred by diversity. It is an added challenge for me in particular because I have had the good fortune to lead a party that did not depend on the support of others to form a functional government. On the positive side, I can boldly say that coalition politics have provided a unique opportunity to rally our people behind a common national programme. We are of the considered opinion that the current coalition agenda augers well for the reform programme we have committed ourselves to. You may be aware that Lesotho celebrates the 50th anniversary of independence next year and there is no better platform to usher the nation into The most important outcome of the election result has been the need to bring different political persuasions to the table of negotiations in order to form a government that historic celebration than the current coalition of seven political parties and the reform programme articulated in the Coalition Agreement. Lesotho has had coups in the past and some politicians have spoken recently of their fears that the army still has too much power. How is the current government’s relationship with the armed forces? Lesotho has had only one coup, which was in 1986. It is therefore incorrect that we have had coups. I am not aware of politicians who harbour fears of an impending coup except for the propaganda that has been widely voiced by some opposition politicians who would like to dictate the way we run government. We are proud of the professionalism of the Lesotho Defence Force. In fact had it not been for that professionalism, Lesotho would have tottered on the precipice of collapse in the two-year reign of former Prime Minister Dr Thomas Thabane. The army has no power or political ambition as far as we are aware. Therefore the relationship between the Coalition government and the army is strictly professional and we have no apprehensions that the situation may change any day soon. The country has suffered terribly from AIDS. How can the international community support Lesotho in slowing LNIC HOUSE CONSTITUTION ROAD PRIVATE BAG A65 MASERU 0100 TEL: +266 22 31 3031 FAX: +266 22 31 0007 E-MAIL: manager@lngic.com Ralitapole Joseph Letsoela, Managing Director LESOTHO NATIONAL GENERAL INSURANCE COMPANY Ltd With a proud history of more than three decades of dedicated service to the Basotho nation, offering all kinds of short-term insurance products suitable to the needs of a dynamic growing economy, the Lesotho National General Insurance Company Limited (LNGIC) has lived up to its motto of being the supporter of the nation’s economy. From its humble beginnings in the 1970s as a joint venture between the Government of Lesotho and the private sector, it has enjoyed full operational autonomy enabling it to recruit and retain the best-qualifi ed professionals and management personnel of the highest calibre. Little wonder then that the company is equally at home offering personalised insurance for individuals and insurance for small, medium and large businesses, including massive industrial complexes such as the globally admired engineering marvel, Phase 1 of the Lesotho Highlands Water Project. The company has the second phase of the project in its sights. With LNGIC’s huge capacity, derived from its backing by some of the strongest reinsurers in the world, there is simply no risk too big. Supporter of the nation’s economy www.global global four th quar ter 2015 -br ief ing.org l 15


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