Quthing – The Minister of Gender, Youth and Sports Honourable Mathibeli Mokhothu has urged the youth to mark Lesotho’s 50th anniversary by being committed to activities intended to develop the country.
Addressing a public gathering at Ha Morai in the Qhoali Constituency in Quthing, Honourable Mokhothu who is also a Member of Parliament for the Constituency, said the youth have to first love their neighbours as they love themselves, respect everyone and avoid alcohol and drug abuse.
He said government has launched a programme to support the youth individually and in organised groups to start businesses of their choice with a grant of 40,000 Maloti each to achieve self-reliance and fight poverty and unemployment. He added that the grant supports the youth from some areas of Qhoali and Mount Moorosi Constituencies since the last financial year and the support would be extended to other Constituencies of the district, saying it also operates in other districts of the country.
A member of Mphaki Community Council Mr. Bothata Lesia thanked the Minister for public gathering to address youth and adults on government’s initiative to improve their lives and fight poverty and hunger in the villages, mostly this year after the drought that hindered summer cropping.
Chief Monaheng Qoane said current challenges at Ha Morai are poor roads and the absence of an officer to write legal documents for farmers to sell livestock.
The public gathering, which is the first of its kind to be held by the Minister in the country, was intended to sensitise the youth and public about government policies intended to improve Basotho’s lives through the Ministry.