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Rapapa bets on “fake media outlets”


Seabata Mahao

Barely hours since he made the infamous aversion that media outlets in Lesotho run fake news reports, Minister of Communications, Science and Technology Tšoinyane Rapapa has bet his last coin on the same “fake media outlets” to broadcast his news on the reports of a Cabinet meeting which took place on October 5, 2021.

This week Rapapa was quoted by a local weekly as saying publicly that all media outlets in the country report “fake news” apart from the state-owned and run Lesotho National Broadcasting Services (LNBS).

“Rapapa says all media outlets in Lesotho broadcast “fake friends” except LNBS. This he said at the opening of LNBS workshop at Thaba-Bosiu yesterday,” he was quoted as saying.

However, tables were quick to turn as when needed to relay government’s messages as its spokesperson he had the same “fake media outlets” to broadcast his news regarding to a report about the Cabinet’s decision on the National Sports and Recreation policy, Amendment of the Elections Act, the payment of wool and mohair farmers as well as the celebration of the world clean day.

Rapapa told the assembled media that Cabinet had accepted the country’s strategy to improve the sports and recreation amendment.

“This amendment is meant to enhance sporting as well as recreation in Lesotho. With this amendment, the government of Lesotho has set the agenda goals from now until 2030,” he said.

“The Cabinet has agreed to allow the Ministry of Law to implement the amendment of the election to enhance and improve the voter turn-out for the upcoming national assembly as well as local government elections in 2022,” Rapapa said.

He also stated that, they have decided that the wool and mohair farmers who have not been paid because of bank accounts should be paid before October 15, 2021 through the Lesotho Post Bank. He said the payments should be paid at the Post Bank offices and woolshed centers on days to be announced.

He continued that all that is going to be done in partnership with the Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security, the Ministry of Small Business Development, Cooperatives and Marketing as well as the Lesotho Post Bank.

Rapapa also noted the celebration of the World Clean Day and that Cabinet has decided to commemorate the day which was supposed to be celebrated in September 2021, at a yet-to-be-communicated date. He pointed out that the day would be marked through a nationwide cleaning campaign led by His Majesty King Letsie III.

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