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President Lt Gen. Seretse Khama Ian Khama was among multitudes who joined King Letsie III of Lesotho when he celebrated his 50th birthday in Maseru on July 17.

Other heads of state who joined the thousands of Basotho in hailing their king included Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe, Namibian president, Mr Hefekepunye Pohamba, Swaziland’s King Mswati III and Zambian vice president, Dr Guy Scott.

The celebration, a grand affair held at the capital city’s Setsoto Stadium, was thronged by Basotho in traditional regalia and in full celebration mode. It was ululations and cheers as King Letsie III, accompanied by Queen Masenate Mohato Seeiso made their way into the stadium.

Their vehicle was preceded, followed and flanked by police officers on horseback, which are the trademark of the Lesotho Mounted Police Service. The crowd erupted into deafening ululations and cheers as the monarch entered.

King Letsie III then received the Royal Salute with the Royal Standard broken at Mast-Head amidst the heavy sound of gunfire of the 21-gun salute that kickstarted the king’s birthday celebrations. After the singing of the national anthem, Lesotho Fatse La Bo-Ntata Rona and the inspection of the guard of honour by the King, the celebrations reached their climax with the Lesotho Defence Forces (LDF) members parade, around Setsoto Stadium.

The LDF Pipe Band stole the show with their unique mode of playing and exotic marching that captivated the crowd.  Traditional music and dance were the order of the day as different groups performed to honour the 50-year-old king with choral and famo music as well as the traditional ndlamo and mokhibo dance. The Queen stole the limelight with her majestic and stylish execution of the mokhibo dance to the delight of the multitudes.

King Letsie III is the first son of the late King Moshoeshoe II and Queen Mamohato Bereng Seeiso. He was born at the Scott Hospital, Morija on July 17, 1963.  He was sworn into office of King on November 12, 1990, under the Office of King Order No.14, 1990 and assumed the title of Letsie III after Letsie I, the eldest son of Morena Moshoeshoe, the Founder of the Basotho nation.

In his remarks, the King thanked the nation for their support and urged them to keep unity and spirit of hlompho and hlomphano. He also urged them to maintain peace. King Letsie III credited his wife for his good health, which he achieved by creating a good home. He said through her, he had learnt to mend a family.

President Khama was accompanied by the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International cooperation, Mr Phandu Skelemani, Kgosi Malope II of Bangwaketse and Kgosi Puso of Batlokwa.  ENDS

Source : Photosection

Author : Tshoganetso Mokowe

Location : MASERU

Event : Birthday celebration

Date : Jul 17 Wed,2013

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