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Every person, animal must have identity – Letsosa


Maseru, April 07 — Minister of Home Affairs Mr. Motlalentoa Letsosa says every Mosotho and animal in the country ought to have identity hence the need for all of them to be registered by his ministries officials.

When presenting his ministerial budget for the new 2021/2022 financial year, Mr. Letsosa said his ministry has deployed staff in each o the Electoral Divisions (EDs) in each of the Community Councils in order to carryout this fundamental duty of registering every child and animal in the country.

”As Basotho nation we have this tendency of sharing names and the only way that could differentiate a person is through the unique National Identity (ID) document number,” he commented.

He emphasised that newly born children ought to be registered immediately after child birth to avoid a confusion of the exact date of a child, saying Basotho used to remember birth dates of their children based on events like rainfall, saying it was not reliable if the it had rained a few days back.

The Minister said besides the ministry’s staff having been deployed in each of the EDs, they have also been deployed in all he hospitals, health centres so that immediately after the childbirth they are readily available to register them.

Mr. Letsosa also indicated that the deployment of Home Affairs staff is meant to meet the nation half way by not having to travel long distance to access registration services as well as reporting deaths.

”The death registration is also vital as it will assist in removing the dead from the registration data base,” he highlighted.

He alluded that there was no longer the need for Basotho to come and flock in Maseru for the registration services, adding that customary marriages also need to be registered, saying they are treated equally like marriages done at the District Administration (DA) offices or from churches.

On the other hand Member of Parliament for Qalo N0. 4 constituency Mr. Thabang Kholumo said he was not aware of the deployment of Home Affairs staff in EDs, saying it was a good move.

He however said he was expecting t hear the minister talking about the free movement between Lesotho and South Africa,

Mr. Kholumo said the free movement would assist migrant workers in these two countries, saying it would reduce stamping of passports, saying it was time consuming and costly.

He also highlighted the importance of reviewing the issuance of Lesotho Special Permits.

The Ministry has been allocated M157,477,534 for the new financial year.


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