Qacha’s Nek – Hundreds of Basotho attended the 53rd National King’s Birthday anniversary celebration at Melele Playground in Qacha’s Nek.
People who were present at the celebration include members of the Royal family, the Right Honourable the Prime Minister Dr. Pakalitha Mosisili who wished the King good health and a prosperous life, as well as Cabinet Ministers, members of Diplomatic Corps and residents of Matatiele, South Africa.
Upon arrival at the playground, the King who was accompanied by horse riders, took a Royal Salute and then inspected the guard of honour formed by members of the Lesotho Defence Force.
The event was celebrated with traditional dances and songs performed by different groups drawn from various areas of the district, and culminated in the cutting of a birthday cake by the King, joined by Her Majesty Queen ‘Masenate Mohato Seeiso, while Prince Lerotholi as well as Princesses Senate and ‘Maseeiso also witnessed the moment.
Matatiele Municipal Manager Dr. Tshepang Nakin who attended the celebration said only chieftainship can unite Basotho, saying the nation faces the huge challenge of being separated because of politics, and the only possible solution is to give back Chieftaincy a chance to act.
Dr. Nakin appreciated being part of the celebration, adding that Matatiele and Qacha’s Nek had squabbles but through these kind of events they can forge a new, positive relationship.
Some Basotho also wished the King a happy birthday and among them was Mr. Motlatsi Shale who said it was his first time to see the King in person, while Mrs. ‘Mathuso Mosotsa also wished the King a happy birthday and asked God to bless him with more years.
The King is the first son of the late King Moshoeshoe II and Queen ‘Mamohato Bereng Seeiso, who was born on July 17, 1963 at Scott Hospital and named Mohato David Bereng Seeiso.