MOHLABI TSEKOA (MINISTER OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS)

Moratehi Mashinini

“I was raised like any other Mokhotlong kid; became a herdboy and played mabbles”

Mohlabi Kenneth Tsekoa (born 13 August 1945) is the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lesotho. He has served in the Cabinet since July 2001, first as Finance Minister, then as Foreign Minister, Minister of Education, and since March 2007 as Foreign Minister again.

Tsekoa served in the Ministry of Education as Deputy Principal Secretary from 1984 to 1986 and as Principal Secretary from 1986 to 1989. In 1989, he became High Commissioner to the United Kingdom and Ambassador to Ireland, Spain, and Portugal. He left these posts in 1996, when he became Government Secretary and Head of the Public Service.

After serving as Government Secretary for five years, Tsekoa was appointed to the Senate and sworn in on June 14, 2001. He was then named Minister of Finance on July 5, 2001 and sworn in on July 6. As the LCD candidate for Senqu constituency, in Mokhotlong District, in the May 2002 parliamentary election, he won with 55.8% of the vote; this was Tsekoa’s first election. He was moved from his position as Finance Minister to that of Minister of Foreign Affairs in June 2002. He became Minister of Education in November 2004 and served in that position until March 2, 2007, when he became Foreign Minister again

Academic Qualifications

Certificate in Education for secondary- University of Botswana, Lesotho and Swaziland (UBLS) – (1970),Diploma in Education-Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, United Kingdom- (1973), Bachelor of Education Degree- the National University of Lesotho (NUL)-(1976)

Masters Arts in Organizational Management and International Education-Massachusetts, United States of America (1981), Masters of Arts in Diplomacy and International Relations-London in United Kingdom (1994)

Teacher at Hlotse High School (1970-1974) and appointed Deputy Headmaster and Maths and Science teacher at St. Agnes High School

Senior Education Officer-Lesotho Distance teaching Centre (LDTC)-(1976-1978) and Director of LDTC (1978).

Hobbies

He enjoys social tennis, soccer, gardening and music. His guiding principles are: fair play, self- application and the “extra mile” thing

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About moratehimashinini

A journalism student, who is enrolled with Limkokwing University of Creative Technology
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